Ekaterina Busygina Envisions Moscow as a Serene White City

All images by Ekaterina Busygina. Used with Creative Commons Permission.

For anyone who has mastered the art of architectural photography, one of the tricks of the trade involves creative use of details. This is exactly what we see in the works of Russian architectural photographer Ekaterina Busygina, who uses this technique to highlight the geometric harmony found in buildings and architectural elements. Aside from this pleasant display of balance, her set, called White City, also depicts what future cities would look like. Much like how Lars Stieger reimagined buildings and structures as spaceships, Ekaterina used Moscow’s architecture to explore the idea of ultra modern cityscapes being stark white, serene, and strikingly coordinated. It’s a fascinating exercise on how architectural photography can be an effective tool to harness the power of imagination.

“If you are for the first time here, you will be amazed by the atmosphere, the emptiness, the serenity of the white city,” Ekaterina says about this set. “But equally interesting will be the discovery that you are still in the center of Moscow.”

Known for its magnificent and colorful architecture, Moscow is home to a number of iconic and historic buildings, the most notable of which is the Saint Basil’s Cathedral. White City, in contrast, stripped the mega city of its colors and curves in imagining its geometric future. A Moscow devoid of the landmarks that house the essence of Russian culture and history may not be a future that sounds something to look forward to. But, it could simply be Ekaterina’s bias for the harmony in modern architecture that comes into play for this body of work.

“But this place is another world. Perfect dream, the city of the future. Pure white, strictly geometric, impeccable in every way,” she continues to state.

Delighted by the geometric harmony of Ekaterina Busygina’s White City? Check out her Behance profile to see more of her outstanding architectural photography.