Photograph of Robin Hood Gardens, London; part of my Geometry + Geology series of large format photographs exploring the formal and expressive affinities between Brutalist architecture and rock formations in Northern England.
British born photographer, his career started in academic world studying philosophy, architecture and law. The interest in architectural design and aesthetics can be seen as still holding his interest in his photography work.
Why do I like his work?
I like his work because if the way that he manages to capture the sculptural shapes, light and shadow created by building structures, with his photographs are stripped to the minimum, flat grey pale skies, objects that are not part of the buildings excluded from the frame so that you focus on the buildings, the surroundings are empty spaces. He captures the patterns, textures of the walls, windows, balconies and beams of buildings, the geometric shapes, shadows and reflections, this makes the viewer focus on the building subject, the abstract shapes they sometimes create. You are not be distracted by any other elements such as people or nature. The photograph of the South Bank theatre the angle he has taken makes the building look like a large ship coming straight at you.
The overall emptiness of living people adds to the mystery, it is as if there has been a disaster and mankind has been eradicated and only the buildings remain.
I also like his work because Hewitt takes many photographs in B&W which gives a timeless quality. The use of B&W also helps to remove any potential distractions that colour would introduce in the picture.
How is his work relevant to my project?
I believe that his work relates to my project of transport because I can use some of his techniques and ideas in my own work when photographing buildings associated with transport like stations, shelters or garages. The use of B&W making the picture look enduring and drawing in the eye helping the viewer to contemplate their own stories they see when looking at the photographs.
The urban cityscape contains buildings, in the city space many buildings are designed to have striking or impressive shapes. I need to try and ensure I capture the impression of these shapes within my photographs. Hewitt has a documentary style of photography, elements of this recording the facts is a style of approach I want to include in my photographs. I can try and use some of his framing techniques making sure that my pictures are not overfilled and complicated with distracting elements that could take your attention from the main focus.