Welcome to the showcase for our fourth challenge ‘Architecture’ (capture an image that uses architecture as well as people in the shot) for our Streets Ahead, Mobile Street Women’s Collective. The objective of these challenges is to help us collectively practice and perhaps learn some new techniques. Each challenge will be based either on a shooting technique or perhaps a theme. We would like Streets Ahead to be and interactive group, and for members to try to participate in the challenges.
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With many congratulations to Armineh Hovanesian, Hanakai2001, Grace Brignolle, Vivi Hanson Sacerdote, Gina Costa, Vanessa Vox, Robin Sacknoff, Tuba Korhan, Geri Centonze, Dani Salvadori, Heline Lam and Lee Atwell for being featured here
The showcase video has been curated and created by Cara Gallardo Weil and the commentary by Gina Costa, enjoy!
“When one thinks about the intersect of architecture and the human form in a photographic image, one is consciously or subconsciously reacting to the relationship of the figure within the architectural space. The emotion created by the space and its relationship to the figure is what drives the narrative content of the image. These three images I have chosen give us wonderful examples in which the artist creates interesting and provocative “visual narratives” as a result of this relationship”.
‘My heaven on earth’ – Armineh_H
Armineh has skillfully adopted a strategic point of view for her capture of these two figures as they walk between two seemingly unrelated architectural overhangs which frame the figures below. The dramatic diagonal movement of the bottom element is visually united to the curved upper feature by the intersecting play of the light streaming over the floor. Armineh has skillfully created a sense of the monumentality of the space.
‘Tate Britain Staircase’ – Vivi (Veevs)
Vivi here creates a wonderful, rhythmic swirling relationship between the architectural space and figure. Feel the dynamic upward thrust of the viewer’s eye as it is propelled up the staircase. The curve of the stairs is echoed in the arch through which the figure emerges, cutting right into the middle of this beautiful, vibrant architectural space.
‘More London, April Smog’ – Dani Salvadori
Dani presents us with a grand image of towers reflected or actual, it is hard to know at first, dwarfing the pedestrians below. This brilliant capture freezes these nameless, timeless figures, as they hurry about against this monumental architectural backdrop – as if actors in a surreal and frightening mise-en-scène. This image wonderfully demonstrates how architecture has the power to drive the emotional, narrative content of a photograph.