Join architectural photography curator Valeria Carullo, Photo London Talks Programme Curator William A. Ewing and photographers Nikola Olic and Ljubodrag Andric in a lively discussion about the unexpected joy and discovery in photographically dancing between architectural familiarisation and defamiliarisation.
Panellists all “speak” architecture to some degree as a shared modern urban experience, and can therefore enjoy, appreciate and get lost in photography that interprets it differently, much like a great poem or a great song can move us.
Unlike architects, photographers aren’t constrained by physical principles. They don’t have to respect gravity, verticality, size, materiality and so on; they can slice a building in two, turn it upside down, or shatter it into fragments. Nikola Olic improvises and “freestyles” upon the established “truth” and finality of an architectural piece and the architect that created it, by rethinking how his or her work is seen and discussed and placed in a larger/different context, like combining architectural elements that were not intended that way —”going wherever that may take us”.
Ljubodrag Andric comes at the built world from another angle: indeed, his buildings are often ordinary structures like garages and warehouses without any architectural pretension whatsoever. Andric’s interest is in the play of light, the modulation of colour, texture, the ambiguity of scale, and, one might say, transcendence.