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A Perspective on Architectural Photography: Extracts of Local Distance

Saturday 22nd January 2011

Building: The Jewish Museum. Photograher: Klaus Frahm
 
I came across a photography project the other day whilst browsing on a favourite image sharing blog called Ffffound!. The photographs, at first glance, seemed to be exploding architectural collages, formed from various modern buildings or architectural structures. 
 
Some further investigation into the photographs did reveal that they are based on modern buildings and structures, and that they are composed as collages, however there was far more to the images than just any sort of explosion. 
 
The project that these images belong too happened in Berlin in 2009, and is called Extracts of Local Distance: Common Perspective Images. The project brought together artists and designers Benjamin Maus, Frederic Gmeiner and Torsten Posselt, and photographer Klaus Frahm. Frahm's architectural photographs were manipulated in to vast numbers of photographic fragments, before being collaged back together under a third abstract point of view, beyond that of the original architect and the photographer. 
 
Building: The Barcelona Pavilion
 
The architectural pictures, that form the basis for the project, feature buildings such as The Jewish Museum, The Barcelona Pavilion and the Hamburg University Library - all stunningly modern buildings. Those pictures were then analysed and categorised, by a complex computing algorithm, by their vanishing points and shapes. 
 
With these segments allowed to retain their original positioning in relation to their original vanishing point, they were then used to form the layers of a new image, with a new perspective, and new shapes. The project could have easily produced endless numbers of unique images, however only a choice selection of particularly aesthetically pleasing outcomes made it into the final state of a fine-art print. 
 
We have shared a few of our favourites, but make sure to visit the Extracts of Local Distance website in order to watch a video all about the project and to view the full range of images. 
 
Building: Hamburg University Library
 

Posted on January 22nd 2011 on 12:32am
Labels: photography

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