Kerry Hill – Crafting Modernism



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More Than the Visual

Not surprisingly, completing my MAVA meant I came into contact with a myriad of writing on architectural photography. Most dealt with technical issues, its evolution or how architectural photography is used as a commercial tool in the media and by architects. Many were from the various well regarded magazines such as AA, Domus, Blueprint etc. But also books and video dedicated to the topic including Building With Light: The International History of Architectural Photography (Elwall, R 2004) and Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (2009). These texts and the like certainly aided in providing a broader understanding of what architectural photography has been and is, however, it wasn’t until I came across two writings dealing with the feeling of architecture that I truly got an idea of what I was ultimately trying to achieve with my work.

The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses by Juhani Pallasmaa and The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton both explore ideas around the psychology and philosophy of architecture. The Eyes of the Skin is concerned with the 

hegemony of sight over all other human senses in modern day historical considerations of architecture. Pallasmaa’s believes that while we experience the world through the combination of the five senses, much architecture is produced only under the consideration of one – sight. In it [more…]