NZPhotographer Issue 25, November 2019


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Ihave learnt to respect architecture. The

domineering socialist structures of my birth city were

an important component of the socio-economic

milieu which shaped my personality, including my

visual perception. I spent my childhood in a maze of

neatly aligned concrete buildings, which epitomized Le

Corbusier’s description of urban edifices as ‘machines

for living in’. For better or worse, the overbearing

masculine geometry of the place fostered my acute

curiosity for man-made landscapes.

Moving to New Zealand and leaving the ideological

Shangri-La behind, refocused my attention on the

living spaces that are smaller and emotionally easier to

approach. While large crumbling buildings symbolise

the erosion of power, the decay of civilization as a

whole, empty family homes bring the same message in

a more evocative and deliberate fashion.

There is an undeniable truth written on the faces of old

walls by the abrasive hand of time, left there to serve

as symbolic signposts on our epic, one way trip towards

the rendezvous with mortality. If architecture is ‘frozen

music’, as Goethe put it, doomed dwellings have to be

heartbreakingly sad, solo violin pieces.


It is a man-made one, but a landscape nevertheless.

From a technical point of view, it means that you

will rely mostly on your wide angle lens and make

apertures between f8 and f16 your best friends, giving

your subject a substantial depth of field. If your tripod is

handy, it will help to keep the ISO setting at a minimum.

The electronics within your camera will take care of

the shutter, and if it has any problems with doing it

correctly, the exposure compensation dial is there to

the rescue.



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