CSA Blog Entry 2/4 Ethan Hughes

October 11, 2017by ethanhughesCanterbury School of Architecture (17/18)News

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Feedback from client: After pitching my idea to the client Gabor Stark and my course leader Heike Lowenstein, I then received constructive feedback on what went well and what I could possibly improve on in my work. When detailing how my work was going to focus on photographing these white sculptures/ buildings through its architectural process from drawn design to real life creation, Gabor seemed to be interested in the idea. However, after I explained that I wanted to focus my work on only three parts of the whole architectural process and detailing how I was going to do this, Gabor was unconvinced that this would work. His major concern being that it would be too time consuming and was cautious to whether I would be able to complete this within the following two weeks of the unit. Gabor showed interest into the idea of me using the ‘drawn-up’ part of the architectural process, however was unconvinced when I explained that I wanted to draw the individual lines in Adobe Photoshop from an already shot image of a sculpture/building. He thought it too time consuming and complex to complete within the allotted time, instead Gabor suggested that I possibly get in touch with the architecture students who had created these 3D sculptures/buildings to see if I could photograph the actual drawn layouts for these works from the students’ sketchbooks. However due to a large amount of the 3D works being produced by post-graduates, in which most of them had taken their sketchbooks away from the university. Further issues with the work were that Gabor and Heike believed that the final step of this process, trying to bring these 3D sculptures/Buildings into real life was too complex and that digitally manipulating multiple images of already constructed buildings would look too disjointed, and would be very clear to the viewer that this work would have been heavily edited to look the way that it did. After seeing these Gabor and Heike both believed it best for me to remove these elements from my work either because how time consuming they would be or the question of whether they would come out to a good enough quality. This was made clear to me by Gabor who explained that architecture students have the skills to do these kinds of things and would probably be able to do it to a lot better quality then I could in my images. Gabor also set a simple reminder in terms of my work for this unit, that I am a ‘Photography’ student, not an ‘Architecture’ student. Gabor seemed to take an interest to the part of my idea pitch that involved shooting these white sculptures/buildings on a white backdrop with only the use of lighting and shade to help to show the structural form of the models. By doing this, it then restricts how much of the image the viewer could actually see and would make them focus more on the tones of light and darkness on the abstract forms of these models. To help strengthen my understanding of photographing architecture in this way, Gabor advised that I should take a look into the earlier years of architectural photography, in which portray bright and vibrant coloured buildings having the misconception of being white in photographs (as colour film didn’t exist at the time). Gabor also advised that I should take a look into Sanaa Architecture in which was founded by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa. In this style of work most photographs would depict white 3D sculptures on a white backdrop mainly focusing on the use of lighting and shade to look at the abstract shaping of these sculptures. For selecting certain pieces for my final production of work Gabor advised that I mainly use white 3D printed models of sculptures, this was mainly because with the handmade models, the viewer would be capable of seeing where the material had been cut and stuck together to create this form, whilst 3D printed models are all a complete and solid form. The first few images I took of some white 3D printed models were taken on the Architecture departments infinity table and was shot using standard daylight to aluminate the work. After inspecting these images Gabor and Heike identified that with these images, the backdrop appeared to be grey and the sculptures appeared to have a rather yellow shade to them. To try and improve this Both Heike and Gabor advised that I use some form of lighting equipment to aluminate the work to such a way that I could get the both the model and the backdrop to look white in the end results. Also after receiving feedback from Heike, she advised that while shooting these models, I experiment with the layout of these images. As part of my original idea was to try and bring these white 3D sculptures into the real world, she believe that perhaps I could possibly photograph them in such a way that the viewer looking at the image would not be capable of determining the genuine size of these sculptures. After receiving this feedback, I now have a clear understanding of what parts of my work are of interest to our client Gabor and after listening to both his and my course leader Heike’s suggestions for improving this work, I can now reconstruct my idea so that my end results for this unit will be a series of work that represents the Canterbury School of Architecture.
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