ATHENS Workshop 2013 & +Formatt-Hitech Architectural Photography Contest – Jury Presentation – Julian Escardo
Back with another jury presentation for the Athens Hitech Contest I'm organizing with Formatt Hitech and +Rod Clark . A contest that has as goal not only to choose the best images created in Athens but generally to promote B&W architectural photography and its spirit. Our sponsors +Stark-Magazine are also with us in this initiative and will publish the winning images in the magazine.
Today's guest is an architectural photographer that creates some of the best abstract architectural images I know and the amazing thing about his work is that his images are not pure abstracts but poetic abstracts, which at a first glance would seem a contradiction in terms but if you look at Julian's architectural photography you will understand what I mean. You can see more of his work at this link https://www.facebook.com/FJEimages Julian is a true artist of architectural photography, either he works in B&W or color, either he shoots in Paris or Los Angeles.
You can find out more about his work and artistic beliefs from his bio.
“Julian Escardo is an american photographer who specializes in architectural photography and architectural abstracts. A graduate of the National Conservatory of Drama, Buenos Aires, Argentina in the early 80's, he was drawn to the practical and creative potential of photography. After moving to Toronto in 1985 he began working on his first series "Winter Scenes" taking on the Canadian late season as his inspiration shooting black and white film. In 1990 he moved to Los Angeles where he embraced a passion for the world of contemporary architecture that has led the way ever since. Today, his vision includes a new base in Paris, France.
His works hang in Belize, Germany, Argentina, Italy and the US and are owned by private collectors, form part of a permanent exhibition (Catanzaro, Italy, one of 64 photographers chosen from around the world), have been featured in print/magazines as well as chosen by an AIA (American Institute of Architects) video to promote Frank Gehry's Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles, 2009) - They also served to inspire a "Pret-a-porter" collection launch in the city of Paris, France (April 2009 by designer Akifumi Nohara)
On my photography: I chose architecture, or better put architecture chose me. In it I found my medium of expression from the first moment I rounded the corner of South Grand and First in downtown LA and saw Gehry's Disney Concert Hall. I immediately sensed the possibilities and saw, geometry, angles, flow, light, sensuality, and an art form that basically has existed since the cavemen ventured out into the wild and built shelters, and eventually communities. I spent two hours lost in thoughts and forgot all about the world around me, I had my camera but I don't fire a single shot. I was being welcomed into a world and the conversation had begun.
My vision: To capture the essence of a building, aside from it's prime purpose, and elicit the viewer's imagination; show him or her a new way at looking at something familiar, even something he or she sees every day. I did an internal exhibition for the staff of the Getty Museum once, and even people that had worked there for 25 years had a hard time figuring out where the vistas I was depicting lay. My perspectives are my way of interpreting that notion.
On visiting a site: when I approach a new building I feel the site first and look for what it defines it, the core. That can be a corner, or a bunch of shadows (that happened to me at the Quai Branly in Paris, I brought back a single photograph and out was a shadow, but to me it said QB all over) I rarely photograph the whole building or structure, unless it serves to convey the same message.
Focus: My main focus is contemporary architecture, clean lines, Gehry, Hadid, Calatrava, Meier, not forgetting the classics of Le Corbusier, Schindler, etc. of course, where you also find the clean lines and open spaces. I love curves, Niemeyer new about that. My pieces are meant to be stand alones, not just samples of a whole, only part of a whole. They lean toward the abstract form and have a painterly essence or soul. Photography is after all the technological answer/expression to painting....and that close relationship between painting and photography exists very much today and in most, if not all, architects. I get much of my inspiration visiting museums and I go to one at least once a week.
Mission: To be faithful to my subjects, to embrace the digital technologies but never stray from what the architect wanted to convey.
And yes, architecture is music, architecture can be erotic, a poem, and just a mere trace may be enough to define it. I hope the trend to minimalism continues, we need less to have more.”
The other members of the jury are: +Joel Tjintjelaar +Rod Clark , +Klaus-Peter Kubik , +Akira TAKAUE Iñaki Hernández-Lasa , Dennis Guichard and Julia Anna Gospodarou