30 September 2013
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It’s autumn and the light is rearranging its magic. I decided to watch its path as it shed its beams inside the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering (ISE) Building on UD campus. The use of large swaths of glass allows light to produce attentive-getting reflections. Or fills spaces with radiance.
The sun adds volumes to a building that is infused with stunning architectural features. As a research center this building has the inner workings that faculty, students and visiting scholars need to inspire great work. The physical structure is a bonus lending itself to creativity through minimalism. I am inspired simply walking through the space.
In this structure the confluence of nature and human nature are obvious. The architecture allows the inside to meld with the outside. Nature zooms into classrooms and hallways, atriums and stairwells.
It reminded me that Andy Goldsworthy’s and Frank Lloyd Wright’s work crosses over into each others’ territory. Goldsworthy (British, 1956- ), who is a land artist, an environmentalist, a photographer and a sculptor, is very much an architectural artist. Wright (American, 1867-1959) was an architect, educator, interior designer and writer, who had a reverence for nature and often worked his designs around the natural landscape.
These two mainstays are examples from last century and this one that architecture is a human invention that was inspired by the physical universe. That’s not a new concept, but I like to remind myself that when there is collaboration and sensitivity to each, then the result is powerful.
As important, nature is spared intrusion. Humans are given nourishing and nurturing spaces in which to thrive.
To me Mother Nature is the quintessential architect and artist. She combines each to give us much to mimic, much to interpret. We in turn have been quite successful at seeing through her lens, and responding with our own creativity.
In the Lens section are two images that show how nature flows with gentility through the ISE Building. This interaction brings its architectural features to the forefront, and makes for a more congenial space in which to innovate, learn and work.
Tip of the Week: I believe deeply and strongly that exposure to a range of artists’ work will help me evolve as a photographer. Since I do not limit myself to photography, I try to view other photographers’ works often. Recently, I found architectural photographer Mabry Campbell’s Website and cannot take my eyes off his images, which inspire and motivate me to notice even more closely the magnificence of human ingenuity. View his work here.
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Here’s a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming Phoneography Challenges:
1st Monday: Nature
2nd Monday: Macro
3rd Monday: Black-and-White
4th and 5th Mondays: Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).