A big thank you to our judge, Johnny Kerr, for selecting the winners, honourable mentions and the top images for exhibition in our first architecture competition of the year. We had over 250 entries from around the world and it’s always great to see familiar names along with new artists! We’ll announce the exhibition dates in due course.
And the winners are!!
“Hannover” / Frank Machalowski
“Hannover” is a refreshing photographic vision of architecture. The structure, abstracted and stripped to its most raw essence of form, vibrates with energy. The converging lines that result from changes in lens parallax across multiple exposures pull the viewer into the image and add a pleasant textural quality. At first glance it appears chaotic, but when visually processed it is full of beautiful, intricate subtlety.
“Headquarter of the American Forces Berlin 1945 – 1994” (Series) / Sabine Von Breunig
This series is expertly composed and captures a strong sense of place. The visual weight in each scene is well balanced, disregarding tired composition “rules” in favor of a more complex understanding of the relationships between scenic elements. Each interior reveals nuanced details that contribute to the narrative, with nothing extraneous. The subtle colour palettes are well seen and never overstated.
“Let’s Go Round Again” and “The High And The Mighty” / Tony Sellen
“Let’s Go Round Again” is a well-visualized architectural detail. The three-dimensional elements are seemingly compressed into a two-dimensional, graphic study of shape and light. The juxtaposition of the round, almost organic shapes on the top two thirds of the composition against the rigid, geometric shapes on the bottom third is a great contrast. This contrast is further enhanced by the tonal range represented in each section: the light tones in the concentric circles surrounded by a dark square on the top two thirds vs. the dark trapezoid surrounded by lighter tones on the bottom third.
“The High and the Mighty” presents interesting proportions, an engaging contrast between modern and classical architectural details, and a rich tonal range.