Above: Pavilion of Portugal
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
Architect: Alvaro Siza Vieira
It’s been a while since we last marveled at the architectural photography of Hamburg-based Sebastian Weiss, particularly his unique “personality” driven series Dramatis Personae. His attention to detail extends into other projects, such as his explorations of shapes and lines in the architecture of some well-known European cities. If you’re an aspiring architectural photographer looking for projects to study, you will find this body of work impressive and inspiring.
Aptly titled Lines, this series showcases some of the most picture-perfect contemporary architecture around Lisbon in Portugal, Utrecht in the Netherlands, Bargino in Italy, and (of course) Hamburg in Germany. While dominated by leading lines and bold outlines, this series also includes a fine selection of patterns and even bold streaks of color. Photographers both new and far along into architectural photography might take note of the locations Weiss shot. Consider it as a checklist of fascinating buildings and structures that make perfect subjects for geometric, detail-rich architectural photography!
As with Dramatis Personae, this collection is an ode to the achievements of modern architecture and what they contribute to the visual identity of a cosmopolitan city. While we don’t get to see each of the structures in their entirety, minimalist and geometry-focused photographs like these at least pique our curiosity to seek out these buildings and appreciate their beauty and the elements that went into their designs.