Architecture Photography: Appreciation of Man-made Structures

Architecture photography is a showcase of man-made constructions - buildings, houses, castles and bridges — shot from different perspectives. Taking pictures of architectural sites is about the creative composition of light, framing and focus on a particular subject. The beauty of architecture photography is that it encompasses a variety of angles - from a wide shot of a whole structure to a close-up image of one of the pillars that holds up a building.

Architecture Photography: Appreciation of Man-made Structures

Architecture Photography

Below are 35 sample architecture photographs for your inspiration:

Tokyo Urban Neon Lights by Thomas Birke
Tokyo Urban Neon Lights by Thomas Birke

Environmental Portraits of Buildings by Sergio Muscat
Environmental Portraits of Buildings by Sergio Muscat

Chambord by Stephane Suisse
Chambord by Stephane Suisse

Churches by Dirk Wiedlein
Churches by Dirk Wiedlein

Nightlines by Kim Høltermand
Nightlines by Kim Høltermand

My City: Lyon – France by Stephane Suisse
My City: Lyon – France by Stephane Suisse

(Architectural Photography) Cámara Oscura Estudio
(Architectural Photography) Cámara Oscura Estudio

Copenhagen Architecture by Kim Høltermand
Copenhagen Architecture by Kim Høltermand

Cityscapes by Marcus Koppen
Cityscapes by Marcus Koppen

New York by Jakob Wagner
New York by Jakob Wagner

Paris by Laurent Nivalle
Paris by Laurent Nivalle

Thompson Library by Brad Feinknopf
Thompson Library by Brad Feinknopf

Nepal Anno Pieterse
Nepal Anno Pieterse

Architecture in Amsterdam Matthijs Borghgraef
Architecture in Amsterdam Matthijs Borghgraef

Amsterdam by Jakob Wagner
Amsterdam by Jakob Wagner

Architecture by Photogenetic
Architecture by Photogenetic

Architecture by 4420
Architecture by 4420

Art Nouveau Architecture by Oriontrail
Art Nouveau Architecture by Oriontrail

Architecture by Lord Shinra
Architecture by Lord Shinra

The Weird Architecture – Prague by Lost Images Project
The Weird Architecture – Prague by Lost Images Project

Untitled by Ciarán Murray
Untitled by Ciarán Murray

Art Direction by Kevin Eatinger
Art Direction by Kevin Eatinger

Perspective – Architecture 3 by poision-dv
Perspective – Architecture 3 by poision-dv

Perspective in Architecture 04 by Saynothing
Perspective in Architecture 04 by Saynothing

Modern Architecture by de-gital
Modern Architecture by de-gital

Architecture in the 50th (Staircase in the AOK-building in Kassel) by EOneArt
Architecture in the 50th (Staircase in the AOK-building in Kassel) by EOneArt

London Architecture by Creativecircle
London Architecture by Creativecircle

Mess of Architecture by ideoda
Mess of Architecture by ideoda

Architecture in Helsinki (interior of the National Library of Finland) by timeisatraveller
Architecture in Helsinki (interior of the National Library of Finland) by timeisatraveller

Chinese Architecture by kimmyjune
Chinese Architecture by kimmyjune

Architecture by Ludwika Pilat
Architecture by Ludwika Pilat

Architecture by Ludwika Pilat
Architecture by Ludwika Pilat

Bridge to Quebec by Jeremy Labelle
Bridge to Quebec by Jeremy Labelle

Iglesia Santa Barbara, Tabio, Cundinamarca by Javier Carreño Cardozo
Iglesia Santa Barbara, Tabio, Cundinamarca by Javier Carreño Cardozo

Bridge Architecture by pdechavez
Bridge Architecture by pdechavez

Conclusion

Wide-angle shots are used for constructions that show an overall intricacy such as that of old buildings and churches. These shots include parts of scenery (trees or lakes) to emphasize the sophistication of a subject. Images of architectural particulars such as staircases, glass windows, and high ceilings focus on the complicated details of a particular construction.

Although the technicalities contribute to the composition of an image, these also convey the message of a photographer - does he want to emphasize on the height of a building or on the details of an old bridge in a modern community? Did he take a photo of a church door to share physical details or is he expressing a deeper message such as the solitude of a home in the middle of a deserted land?

Regardless, architecture photography can simply be understood to its simplest objective - to make people appreciate how man is able to conceptualize and build a variety of sophisticated structures.

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