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Architecture

Digital C-Prints, Project completed Aug 2009

My interest in architecture is very much based on lines, geometry and perspective. However, there is also the alternate definition of perspective that I am interested in. Buildings represent a major part of any society’s history and place in the world. It is representative of people’s perspective on things and whether their history has affected them in positive or negative ways. It can also be an insight as to how a particular group of people feel about themselves or their way of life. In this way, there is a huge amount of personality in buildings and architecture type.

However, it is additionally interesting to notice similarities between architecture in completely different parts of the world. Where ever I’ve traveled in the world, I’ve noticed similarities and differences with the place I’m in with where I come from and other trips I’ve taken. I’ve noted the differences of space; space between buildings and how it is often related to the space between people, both personal and psychological: how the people of different societies with different traditions react to their architecture, and whether the streets are crowded or bare.

Architecture reveals how much people have in common, and how little others do: and how those with the most in common could live the farthest away while those with the least in common could live under the same roof. It can also measure how much or how little a person has. How interesting that wealth is measured both in new or how old buildings are and how perspective in buildings changes throughout the world just as the direction that the sun sets and settles on these buildings. Our perspectives are always different, perhaps even seen as warped compared to other cultures.

Lastly, architecture is also a big indication of how supportive an area is in the arts. It cannot be especially indicative of whether a place has artists, but simply how much input they are able to give and how much they are able to affect society. After all, a place that stifles creativity does not and cannot survive in a world that becomes more reliant upon using the creative process in problem solving and in considering the world at large as well as our future in it.