explore | observe | create
I am fascinated by buildings and am especially drawn to those with clean lines and strong angles. I’ve developed a particular attachment to concrete monsters. I enjoy photographing buildings from different viewpoints and am learning to observe how the light plays on them to create different moods.
Most of the photos in this project are from Hobart because it’s where I spend the most time and I don’t get out much. This has the advantage of forcing me to constantly seek new and different perspectives within an environment that I might otherwise tire of because I’ve seen it all.
In a small city like Hobart, we’re lucky to have a diverse range of building styles to photograph, without becoming overwhelmed by the constant, significant change you might find in larger cities with massive-scale developments in progress. (Though I do love gazing at skyscrapers and city skylines and if anyone would like to take me to New York for an architecture tour, I can go almost anytime.)
Because of Hobart’s small size, sometimes the challenge is to find a different perspective of a well-known building that everyone photographs, and sometimes it’s to find a less obvious and, on first sight perhaps less interesting, building and see something in it that I hadn’t noticed before. This often involves looking up.
Another element of photographing buildings that I like is capturing how our street views change over time. Nothing is permanent, nothing is fixed, everything is constantly changing. Buildings are not permanent, streetscapes are not static, views are temporary. And you might think that a streetscape or a building (that isn’t being built or demolished) is going to look the same from one day to the next—until the next major alteration takes place. But it really isn’t. The light on the building changes from hour to hour, day to day and season to season. The sky is constantly changing and providing a different background against which to photograph the building. Dirt accumulates. Façades are cleaned, window displays are changed, curtains are opened. Windows are broken, paint is applied (unfortunately, in some cases), spaces are renovated. Leaves fall off trees and then they grow back again.
It is a dynamic world to explore and document.
I have set up a sister blog to this one, The Streets of Hobart, which is home to my street corner project, a project that focuses on Hobart streetscapes, particularly street corners.