I was born 1998 in Berlin. After finishing school in 2016 I moved to Austria to study architecture at the University of Arts and Industrial Design Linz.
2018: BestOff18, Linz
2018: This is minimal photography, Berlin
2019: BestOff19, Linz
About the project
Excerpt of an interview with Shane Reiner-Roth from Archinect
What is your relationship to architecture?
How did @the_architecture_photographer begin?
I was interested in architecture since my childhood. I always had a fascination for towers, bridges and other spectacular buildings.
Later, when i discovered photography, I got more into architecture and the built environment around me.
In the summer of 2015, one year before I finished school, I started an Instagram account to present some of my photos of the building façades in Berlin - especially those of the socialist housing estates built in former East Berlin by the GDR government.
But after a short time and a few photos, I realized how monotonous those grey buildings actually were. It was at this point that I started to add new colors to the buildings façades with Photoshop and to make each of them look unique and give them a somehow "happy“ appearance.
After I received very positive feedback from the community about this idea, I started editing other modern and contemporary buildings. In the meantime, I started studying architecture in Linz, Austria.
How do you produce your imagery?
And how long does each image take to produce?
The production of any image starts with choosing a building. The building needs to have a clearly recognizable structure and obviously should not be hidden by any larger objects like trees. I normally photograph the buildings with a wide angle lens to have a spatial perception. In Photoshop I correct the perspective to give the building a neutral appearance. Then I cut the building out of its context and add a uniform blue background to make the image more abstract.
The viewer should only be focused on the building itself and not be distracted by anything on the background. The blue also works as a uniforming property to all of my images. The color choices are mainly based on the structure of the buildings and should amplify the effect of the structural elements.
It’s difficult to say how long I need for editing an image. That depends on how complex the structure is. from 20 minutes if I already had a initial idea and the structure is very easy up to a few hours if it’s complex and fragmented.
What have you hoped to communicate about architecture through your posts?
I want to show how also "normal“ buildings can be interesting and varied with the use of colors. I criticize the overuse of white in Architecture. It’s only a part of the problem that most of the contemporary architecture is focused on the lowest risk. That often results in a monotonous and uninspired built environment.
My images should not be understood as literal suggestions for buildings. They demonstrate how the use of color effects on 'rational' buildings can elicit joyful Architecture. The viewer should come away with an infatuation with Architecture and see it as something inspiring.
full interview here
©Paul Eis 2019