A SENSE OF PLACE
Arcaid Images has just released their shortlist for the Architectural Photography Awards 2015. 20 photographs are competing in four categories: Exteriors, Interiors, Sense of place, and Buildings in use.
'Sense of place'; what a wonderful category. It recognises images of buildings in context, an often under-appreciated aspect of architecture and architectural photography.
I'll tell you straight away: I have a clear favourite. It's this photo:
Kandalama Hotel, Sri Lanka, photographed by Tom Roe
With this photo of the Kandalama Hotel in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, photographer Tom Roe has given us a picture of how the balance between nature of artifice should be. Nature is given as much freedom to flourish as possible, even to blend with the architecture. Meanwhile, on the inside, a gentleman is busy keeping the premises clean and tidy, free of items that 'don't belong there'.
The interior living spaces are kept under strict control; as little control as possible is forced onto nature.
The effect of it all, as the category name suggests, is a real sense of place. Love it.
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