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Camera Lens Offers Disguises in Scale for Architectural Photography Competition

Everyday and everywhere, buildings are deemed triumphs or catastrophes based on how they relate to the scale of the urban fabric around them, so it’s no surprise that the manipulation of scale is a primary skill in every architect’s tool box. It’s a common trick of the trade for photographers as well, but the startling and imaginative ways this year’s contestants in the AIA Architectural Photography Competition have stretched and shrunk perceptions of scale takes these photos places that architecture can’t go. Here, the camera’s lens acts as a magical ray gun, making things that initially appear to be quite small explode into mega-scale, and shrinking massive objects down to minutia. There are entire building shrunk down into a drop of water, as well as massive murals that, at first glance, appear to be no larger than a rain-slicked windshield. Once again sponsored by AIA St. Louis and exhibited at AIA Convention 2014 in Chicago, these photos remind viewers of photograph’s ability to surprise, even when the topic is as immovable and permanent as architecture.


First Place

First Place: “Art on Architecture” in Quincy, Ill., photographed by John Langholz from St. Louis.

Second Place

Second Place: “Burning Coal” in Hidden Valley, Nev., photographed by Sean Coulter, AIA, from Henderson, Nev.

Third Place

Third Place: “Above the Fog” in Seattle, photographed by Susan Ingham, AIA, from Seattle.

Fuller Award

Fuller Award: “Materiality” in Chicago, photographed by Kelly Hiskey, Assoc. AIA, from Omaha Nebr.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: “Iowa” in Cherokee, Iowa, photographed by Glenn Goldman, FAIA, from Tenafly, N.J.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: “Mist” in Bilbao, Spain, photographed by Thomas V. Lawrence, AIA, from Seattle.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: “Juxtaposition” in Seattle, photographed by Jeffrey D. Vandersall, AIA, from Dallas.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: “Gehry’s Geometry Experiment” in Irvine, Calif., photographed by Michael B. Wilkes, FAIA, from La Jolla, Calif.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: “Marble Canyon” in Marble Canyon, Ariz., photographed by Eluterio Tenorio Jr., AIA, from San Antonio.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: “Chaos Theory V1.0” at the University of California-San Diego, photographed by Michael B. Wilkes, FAIA, from La Jolla, Calif.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: “Bruges Buildings” in Bruges, Belgium, photographed by Gerald W. Shonkwiler, AIA, from San Diego.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: “Reflect” in New York City, photographed by George D. Hallowell, AIA, from Raleigh, N.C.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: “Skyline” in Brussels, Belgium, photographed by Franklin Jason Campbell, Assoc. AIA, from San Francisco.

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention: “Drips” in Houston, photographed by Christian Sheridan, AIA, from Houston.

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