The other night we were watching the latest episode of Doctor Who, season 10 episode 2. The Doctor and his companion, Bill, landed on an alien world of fields right out of Gladiator and some futuristic looking architecture. That architecture was not all CG models inspired by contemporary designs. It was actually Valencia, Spain and the work of Santiago Calatrava. It was a thrill to see it being used this way. The place is utterly bonkers and feels completely futuristic right down to the spaceship that’s landed at one end and is now an opera house.Read More
I love Calatrava’s work in Valencia. It’s bat poop crazy. You’ve got eight different buildings. Each one would be insane on their own but as an entire complex they make up the astounding ‘City of Arts and Sciences’. It’s epic and beautiful.
I originally posted these photos back in 2011 but I wanted to revisit them to correct any lens distortion in them and also tweak the processing. I think these are better.
I also think I’ve developed an actual understanding of my photography in recent months, at least in architectural photography. I like a well designed product, like most things Apple do. A beautiful car. There’s a real beauty in the way something is designed. Thing goes here. Light hits in this way. It just works.
Photographers often talk about finding your voice. I do sort of feel like I’ve glimpsed hints of my architectural voice… maybe. My portraiture voice needs a lot of work. I can’t say why I love portraits but I do. You see a face. You have to photograph it. I can’t really explain it more than that. But architecture fits in with my daily love of design. I worry a lot that I should specialise in something. Focus. Find a niche and an audience to target. But I see a number of photographers I respect who do great architectural work and also great portraits too. Jim Stephenson, McCoy Wynne and Tony Ray-Jones. So its ok to be an architectural / portrait photographer with a passion for street. Isn’t it?
Speaking of Tony Ray-Jones. His show opens at the Walker Art Gallery on 13th Feb. I cannot wait to revisit it.
Anyway. Here’s some photos of a seriously amazing place. I would love to go back with a medium format setup one day. Oh and obligatory SPACESHIP!!!
Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, Spain. Stunning architecture by Santiago Calatrava. If you ever visit Valencia you must go see it.