All images by Aron Lorincz. Used with Creative Commons permission.
For architectural photographers and enthusiasts of the genre, the Swiss city of Basel is full of mesmerizing buildings and architectural elements to photograph. Budapest-based Aron Lorincz adds an extra layer of awesomeness by documenting the city’s architecture in large format (4×5) film. Architectural photography remains a popular genre even for film photographers, and especially to those drawn to symmetry, lines, curves, geometric shapes, and patterns. There are many approaches to this type of photography, but the goal is to emphasize these elements in such a way that they draw the eyes of the viewer. Aron’s photos, both color and occasional black and whites, definitely reflect this, showcasing the details that make Basel’s contemporary architecture among the most impressive in the world.
The first thing I’m sure viewers will make out of this set is that Basel is a haven for architecture, an inspiration for present and future architects, and a prime playground for architectural photographers like Aron. There’s always an eye-catching color, silhouette, shape, pattern, and texture from the design of each building, making it hard to resist taking their photographs. Many of these buildings have become faces of Basel’s modernity and contemporary architecture, making a sightseeing tour of these landmarks among the most popular things to do there.
I often see portraits and conceptual photography as the most common subjects or projects done in large format photography, so I find Aron’s Basel photographs a really interesting use of the medium. But, come to think of it, why not? Large format film remains unprecedented in the amount of detail it captures. With so much detail in the elements of these eye-catching buildings, it makes sense to use the advantages of large format film to document their splendor.