Site Specific Project- ArchiTexture- Photographers

For my research on photographers who photograph texture and buildings, I looked at a few different photographers to influence me in different ways.

Al Palmer- Flood of Sunshine

  • Flood of Sunshine is a study of the relationship between the built landscape and the organic forms that exist in between the architecture. The contrast between the grey Brutalist architecture and white snow initially makes the viewer assume that the photographs are black and white, in reality they are colour images. The dichotomy of the man-made and the nature gives the photographs both tension and harmony. -Al Palmer

  • Explores relationship between architecture and organic forms: buildings, trees, birds, snow, patterns.

When looking through the book, the viewer can see a range of contrasting textures; even though these are not close up photographs, I can still take influence from this body of work. By looking at the patterns and contrast between man made and nature in my own work I can look at different materials used to create different buildings, focusing on the texture.


This combination between the natural and industrial landscape textures come together to create images of interest, with great detail and patterns. The images shows snow’s effect on the natural and man made landscape and how this effects the textures and creates new textures that are not permanent. In my own photography I am looking at permanent texture, but it is interesting to see how even the weather can change the textures and appearance of a place.The images are quite dark, echoing the idea of winter and the snow, however I feel that if they were a bit lighter the textures could be seen a lot clearer, yet the images do have enough detail to see the different shapes and textures.


The book contains no context, other than the title, the title contrasts to the photographs; ‘Flood of Sunshine’ suggest light within the book, however in the photographs there is little light, the images are quite dark, with no sunshine. By having no context I feel it allows the viewers to concentrate more on the scenery and the textures rather than worrying about where this is set. For my own images I think I will not have much context as I want the textures to be the main focus in my images, I want my viewers to focus on the shapes and patterns in the different buildings I capture.

Lucy Shires- Textures

  • The feel, appearance, or consistency of a surface or a substance.
  • Textures themselves are patterns, works of art, intentional or otherwise, they surround us.
  • Photographs of the urban and natural world, showing the difference between different material and how the look and are structures.

This set of photographs from Shires shows a beauty in both the natural and urban world, by looking at the detail in close up photographs. I feel all the images are very strong as they show so much detail, the images have a 3D quality to them, jumping out of the page at the viewer, making them seem very realistic. The photographs have great colours and stand out making the images eye catching and visually interesting. In my own work I am taking influence from these image by the amount of detail Shires captures in her close up photographs; for my own photographs looking at the textures of buildings, I want as much detail as possible making my images clear and visually interesting. These images show a range of different textures and shapes, each unique in their own way, which is what I want to achieve in my own work.




William Neill- By Nature’s Design

  • The beauty and symmetry of the natural world come alive in this inspired collaboration between acclaimed nature photographer William Neill and San Francisco’s famous hands-on science museum, the Exploratorium.
  • Exquisite, full-color photographs unveil the secret blueprints of nature often overlooked by the casual observer: the spiral forms that appear in seashells, spiderwebs, and the heart of a daisy; the hexagons found in honeycombs and cracking mud.
  • Through its captivating photographic content and accessible scientific examination. “By Nature’s Design” reveals the order, economy, and elegance of nature’s diverse forms in an engaging volume that will fascinate and inform art and nature lovers alike.

By Nature’s Design: Photography by William Neill (Authors: William Neill and Pat Murphy)

I took these quotes from the essay by Pat Murphy at the begining of the book:

  • ‘This book emerged from the human tendency to look for pattern’- Pat Murphy
  • ‘William Neill’s photographs invite the discovery and appreciation of natural patterns.’
  • ‘These photographs capture detail that a less observant viewer would miss.’

In the text Pat Murphy has provided some explanations, that scientists have given, towards the similar forms that create patterns and texture. The book allows the viewer to link natural patterns to ones they may see on everyday life such as a road echoing the meanders of a river. By having the book broken into four sections, looking at a different form or pattern, such as spirals and helixes, this allows the viewer to be informed on each ‘pattern’ in greater detail, seeing similar comparisons and links. Each section has an introductory passage talking about the given pattern or form, explaining the science and maths behind them, and giving examples of them that would not be known to the viewer; all this information gives the viewer a greater idea of context. Throughout the book, combined with the images, is text that explains and references the different patterns and textures of objects linking different ones together by their ‘type of pattern’.


The images are beautifully clear, showing a high amount of detail making the understanding of what is being written easier to understand as the viewer can use the images as reference and examples. Neill looks at a range of different natural forms linking different ones together that you wouldn’t always have thought linked together. There is a combination of close up shots and landscapes to show the patterns and textures in nature; all images are of high detail to see these patterns. For my own work even though initially I wanted to look at close up photography after looking through this book I feel a combination of close up and landscape shots could work well to show the pattern of the different buildings.

Aspens and Beaver Pond, San Juan Mountains, Colorado  1985

William Neill- The Colour of Nature

  • Why is the sky blue and the grass green? What are the colourful secrets of the enigmatic aurora borealis or the ethereal shimmer of a soap bubble? From San Francisco’s Exploratorium, the acclaimed hands-on museum, comes The Colour of Nature, which delves into these and other intriguing questions.
  • Extraordinary photographs by William Neill and other noted photographers, along with engaging text, illustrate the fascinating phenomena behind the myriad colours that make up our world–from lunar rainbows to mandrills, chameleons to hydrangeas. This remarkable volume will fire the imagination of anyone with a passion for nature, science or photography.

The Colour of Nature (Authors: William Neill, Pat Murphy and Paul Doherty)

  • ‘This book is my way of standing next to you and pointing out the colours in nature, with help of the colourful images captured by William Neill and other talented nature photographers.’

Like the previous book I looked at, this book is broken into different sections looking at different areas of colour, such as steady colours or shimmering colours. In total there are 5 different sections each filled with different photographs capturing the ‘theme’, also accompanied by text with explanations and information about different areas of colour in nature. By having the explanatory text, it makes the understanding of the book easier for the viewer and they can see what the authors are focusing on. The photographs show beautiful detail, clearly showing the colours of the natural subjects as well as the textures and patterns within nature.

Even though in my work I am not looking at colours as a topic, I can still take influence from the amount of detail Neill photographs his subjects in, and how Neill is looking at textures.



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