Architecture as Parallel Reality – An analysis of my image Fluid Time I
Chicago – Jay Pritzker Pavilion (Architect Frank Gehry) & Aon Center (Architect Edward Durell)
T/S LE = Tilt + Shift + Long Exposure
Shot with Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II – maximum tilt & shift, needed to maximize the OOFE (out of focus effect) and to keep the entire Aon Center in the frame, using the Hitech ProStop IRND filter kit, the best ND filters and processed using extensively BW Effects 2 by Topaz Labs , ReMask & Detail 3 + PS CS6 & LR5
Photography as a profession
Almost 2 months since my last architectural image, you might wonder if I’m still doing photography. Well, the answer is YES, more than ever, but now that I’m doing it professionally I’m spending time doing a lot more than just working on my images (which I still love more than everything else). Not that I don’t like the whole process, it’s so very exciting and it suits me like a glove, but you have to know, doing photography as a business is much more than shooting and processing your photos, So much more!! And you have just one choice, if you want to do your job at a top level, you have to spend time doing all the things around it. That’s what I did with the Chicago Workshop, that’s what I do with the Athens Workshop which will take place on Nov 2-3 and with all my other activities, be they teaching, mentoring or else.
An image from the Chicago workshop
This is the first image I’m posting from the Chicago workshop, a workshop I did as a collaboration with the Vision Explorers team and that is still the architectural event of the year. Chicago is an amazing place not only for photography but also as a city, from architectural and urban point of view, and has won a big place in my heart. As Frank Lloyd Wright says: “Eventually, I think Chicago will be the most beautiful great city left in the world…” He is right and I’m already looking forward to the moment I’ll be back there!
Analyzing the photograph
Now a few words about my vision behind this image.
Time, space …they are just conventions. Living inside them can be just as easy as living outside them and the reality of living outside them can be just as real as the one of relating to them. If you need a proof just try to dream. Who says that dreaming is not a reality? Just as imagination can be reality as well. Who says that the world needs to have a material shape to be real?
Who says that we have to always relate to the same constants that are time and space and not create different times and different spaces that will cover different realities?…
Different from what you were used from me lately, more in line with my older architectural work, it’s been a long time since I’ve showed an entire building in a frame, let alone 5 buildings, but I was thinking for a long time to make a series as the one I’m starting today.
If you know me you know I love long exposure, I love motion blur and any kind of blur that can give me the freedom to bypass reality and go where noone else has been. I love the freedom these ways of seeing the world give to my imagination and now I also have a lens that will help me with putting in practice what my mind has already seen a long time ago: The Queen of the Lenses, Her Majesty The T/S Lens.
A new direction in my fine art photography
This image is the beginning of a direction I wanted to explore for a long time, architecture as a parallel reality. What I’m always looking for in my architectural images is to find the dream in architecture, in essence to find the soul of the building I’m photographing. I think now I’m closer than even to this soul and I’ll show it to you too over the months to come.
Exposure and EXIF:
141.0 sec. @ f/11, ISO 100,
Camera: Canon 5D MK3
Lens: Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II,
ND Filters: 10+3 stops Hitech ProStop IRND filters.
Black and white processing – Photography Drawing (PhtD)
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FURTHER STUDY RESOURCES – FINE ART BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY, ARCHITECTURE, LONG EXPOSURE
You can find more tutorials on fine art black and white photography, (en)Visionography, long exposure photography and architectural photography in my extensive collection of photography tutorials. To receive my future tutorials directly via email you can subscribe to my website.
More about how to create fine art photography, from vision till processing and the final image you can read in my book From Basics to Fine Art – Black and White Photography, with co-author Joel Tjintjelaar, and in my video tutorial Long Exposure, Architecture, Fine Art Photography – Creating (en)Visionography a hands-on tutorial accompanied by an eBook presenting my processing workflow, or attend one of my workshops.
Julia Anna Gospodarou – (en)Visionographer
Julia Anna Gospodarou is an internationally acclaimed photographer, author and educator, teaching workshops and lecturing around the world. Founder of (en)Visionography™ and Photography Drawing™, co-author of the best-selling book From Basics to Fine Art, with high distinctions in the most important photography competitions worldwide, published internationally in numerous books and magazines, Julia is passionate about art and striving to spread it into the world.