Il Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) ha nominato i 15 scatti finalisti del concorso di fotografia di architettura Art of Building 2016, quest’anno giunto alla sua settima edizione.
La giuria che ha scelto questi scatti, composta da fotografi professionisti, redattori e specialisti in comunicazione, si fa ora da parte per lasciare la scelta del vincitore in mano al pubblico: è infatti possibile, ancora per alcuni giorni (fino al prossimo 23 gennaio), votare online le fotografie (link in fondo all’articolo).
Aggiornamento di febbraio 2017. Lo scatto di Roman Robroek, “Control” (ID 14527, qui sotto il numero 3) è stato decretato vincitore della competizione, mentre Jonathan Walland, autore di “Overlook” (ID: 13304, qui sotto numero 1, e immagine di apertura), è stato nominato Young photographer of the year 2016.
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Ecco gli scatti finalisti. Non abbiamo potuto fare a meno di notare come il protagonista di uno di questi (il numero 13) sia il Castello di Sammezzano (per ora primo classificato nel Censimento FAI 2016), capolavoro in stile orientalista situato poco fuori Firenze.
- ID: 13304
Photograph title: Overlook
Photographer: Jonathan Walland – Young photographer of the year 2016 –
Photo was taken: London, UK
Camera used: Nikon D7100
Photographer’s description: This is part of a series of photographs demonstrating how the absence of light can be used to divert the attention of the observer towards what the photographer intended to highlight.
- ID: 14770
Photograph title: Coast minimalism
Photographer: Senad Tahmaz
Photo was taken: Supetar, Croatia
Camera used: Nikon D90
Photographer’s description: Unusual, minimalistic view of the architecture detail.
- ID: 14527
Photograph title: Control – Scatto vincitore –
Photographer: Roman Robroek
Photo was taken: Hungary
Camera used: Canon EOS650D
Description: This beautiful control room is one of a kind and built in a beautiful art-deco style.
- ID: 13104
Photograph title: Flatiron building in a snowstorm
Photographer: Michelle Palazzo
Photo was taken: New York, USA
Camera used: Ricoh GR
Description: New York City’s iconic Flatiron building emerges from the blizzard like the bow of a giant ship plowing through the wind and the snow. Taken during the historic coastal storm “Jonas” on January 23rd, 2016 the photograph went viral during the aftermath of the storm.
- ID: 14536
Photograph title: The Turbo Dandelion Wind Farm
Photographer: Derek Snee
Photo was taken: Northumberland, UK
Camera used: Fuji X-T1
Description: Imagine if we could use plants to harvest wind! Well now we can. Ladies and gentlemen, girls and boys, I give you ‘The Turbo Dandelion Wind Farm’!
- ID: 13416
Photograph title: People’s Friendship Arch
Photographer: Oleksandr Nesterovskyi
Photo was taken: Kiev, Ukraine*
Camera used: Canon 450D
Description: The photo shows the combination of nature and architecture, the harmony in combination of titanium arch height of 30 meters and a tree.
- ID: 13880
Photograph title: He and the bridge
Photographer: Oleg Dashkov
Photo was taken: Riga, Latvia
Camera used: Canon EOS 60D
Description: ‘Riga’s Tower Counter’ keeps his records during any season rain or shine, wet or fine. Is he distracted by the beauty of the cable bridge I wonder?
- ID: 15074
Photograph title: Changing Landscape 1
Photographer: Barbara Rossi
Photo was taken: Sokhna, Egypt
Camera used: Nikon D810
Description: I took this photo in deconstruction, it shows transformation, action and beauty.
- ID: 13362
Photograph title: Sancaklar Mosque 2
Photographer: Bulent Suberk
Photo was taken: Istanbul, Turkey
Camera used: Nikon D700
Description: Modern architecture as a non-traditional mosque.
- ID: 13182
Photograph title: Purelife
Photographer: Shibasish Saha
Photo was taken: West Bengal, India
Camera used: Nikon D3300
Description: In this frame men as well as women are working very hard to feed their individual families. Women forget their pain and work alongside the men in a brick field.
- ID: 14489
Photograph title: The Hive
Photographer: Marco Grassi
Photo was taken: Larung Gar, Tibet
Camera used: Canon 5D Mark III
Description: Since June 2016, everything has changed in Larung Gar, but almost nobody knows about that. What before was the largest Buddhist settlement in the world and a remote place out of the modern society where nuns and monks led a passive life, is now being demolished by Chinese authorities.
- ID: 14448
Photograph title: The Gherkin
Photographer: James Tarry
Photo was taken: London, UK
Camera used: Sinar 4X5
Description: This series is about looking past imperfections and ‘incorrect’ architectural photography techniques. They are created using a 4×5 technical film camera by forcing the perspective and focus. The expired Kodak Ektachrome is then developed in the ‘wrong’ chemicals to produce these big slabs of often other worldly colour. These are flawed and hopefully challenging, just like some of the buildings themselves.
- ID: 13687
Photograph title: Peacock
Photographer: Gina Soden
Photo was taken: Italy
Camera used: Nikon D800
Description: A fine example of Moorish architecture – but in a castle in Italy. These rooms were all hand designed and painted by one man who had a vision to build this beautiful castle and open it as a hotel.
- ID: 14784
Photograph title: Elevation
Photographer: Naf Selmani
Photo was taken: London, UK
Camera used: Fujifilm X-T10
Description: The Hive – Kew Gardens’ spectacular new bee-inspired sculpture seen from below as one of the visitor lays on the top glass floor to pose for pictures. This multi-sensory experience integrates art, science and landscape architecture.
- ID: 14860
Photograph title: Jeporeka
Photographer: Enrique Gimenez-Velilla
Photo was taken: Asunción, Paraguay
Camera used: Nikon D5100
Description: This photo seeks to pay homage to all the clever unknown workers that still build and maintain built infrastructure in the developing world. “Jeporeka” is a Paraguayan Guarani word that roughly translates into “make do”.
Il fotografo autore dello scatto vincente sarà nominato “Art of Building Photographer of the Year” e vincerà un premio in denaro (£ 3,500).
Il portavoce di CIOB, Saul Townsend, congratulandosi con i 15 finalisti, osserva come “in un mondo dominato dalla tecnologia e dai suoi colori ad alta definizione, la fotografia in bianco e nero riesca ancora ad ispirare molti fotografi”.
La scelta di affidare al voto pubblico la fase finale della competizione, continua Townsend, ha lo scopo di ispirare tutti gli interessati a guardare l’ambiente costruito e l’architettura in un modo nuovo, spingendoli magari a partecipare alla prossima edizione della competizione.
Attendiamo la proclamazione dello scatto vincente e del suo autore.
Per ulteriori informazioni (e per votare le fotografie)
Nell’immagine in alto, “Overlook”, di Jonathan Walland, London, UK.