Category Archives: Architecture

Architectural Photography with Andreas Bildgestalter

Andreas Bildgestalter is one of those amateur photographers whose talent is outstanding and should be showcased widely in the photography world. iLHP is constantly on the lookout to find new talents and showcase professionals as well as amateurs who produce constantly breathtaking pictures. Andreas is one of them in his field: Architecture. His world is made of straight lines, tight curves and with a lot of purity. Let’s discover together his philosophy. Don’t miss out the link below to the “making of” of his most rewarded photograph!

iLHP: First of all, thank you very much Andreas for taking the time to answer to our questions. How long have you been into photography?

Andreas: I’m into photography since the beginning of 2011. I’ve been interested in photography before but never really jumped in it until then. I did shoot with a small digital camera during vacations though, and I bought my first digital reflex camera, which was a NIKON D90.


iLHP: How old are you if I may ask and where do you live?

Andreas: I’m 50 years old and I live in Gelsenkirchen which is a town in the Ruhrarea in West-Germany. It’s quite a good and central location to reach a lot of places around which are interesting for me.


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The Curious Houses Along the Venice Canals

Los Angeles is not so much a unified city as a massive conglomeration of smaller cities. To outsiders, you come from Los Angeles. To locals, you are from Santa Monica, Hollywood, Pasadena, KTown, Van Nuys, Inglewood, Beverley Hills, or etc. It is a tapestry of neighborhoods that flow into one another with undefined visual or geographic borders. There is no Los Angeles and everywhere is Los Angeles.

“Which part of the city are you from” is of chief concern among new friends, business partners, and potential lovers because your answer will dictate your socioeconomic status, your cultural heritage, and your commute. When Lorde sang about post code envy, she was probably referring to Los Angeles.

web_Sony A7 Leica 35mm Venice Canals 01

Sandwiched between Marina Del Rey, Santa Monica, and the Pacific Ocean is a neighborhood unlike any other in LA. The Venice Canal Historic District was an early twentieth century attempt at recreating the Italian romanticism in the heart of sunny California. The area has had its cycle of prosperity and disrepair and the houses lining those canals reflect those periods of change.

I took a stroll through this neighborhood on a crisp winter evening. With the neck strap of my Sony A7 loosely wrapped around my right wrist, here’s what I saw through a Leica Summaron 35mm f/2.8.

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A Drive Through Scotland’s Countryside

Scotland was never high on my list of must see places until I moved to Paris. My best friend for many years was born in Scotland and would invite me to go back with her every year she returned to visit. I always considered it but it never came to fruition. Just recently I had the opportunity to visit again and this time I could not refuse. This was not my first trip to Scotland but it was my first time going with the intention of photographing a myriad of places. There is an area along the River Clyde where I was hoping to shoot several buildings. However, once I reached the location I realized my battery had only one power bar left.

The SSE Hydro | Glasgow |

I brought along two extra batteries on my trip however I failed to bring them this particular evening and left them back at the hotel. Also, I believed the battery loaded in my camera was charged at full capacity. This was only my first night in Glasgow so I still had the rest of the week to return to capture all I had wanted to before I returned home. I was hoping to capture three buildings my first night so I would not have to worry about returning another night during my short week there.

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Guest Article: My 20 Years of Architectural Photography Career by James B. Norman

Lately, I have been asked often”what should I be doing with my photography?” and “what is really important about photography?”

To answer to that question I’d like to share a small tale of my own convoluted path of my photography career through the years, and my attempt to find meaning in what I was doing.

I’ve been a professional architectural photographer for over 20 years, and did fine art B/W work prior to that for a few years. I see so many photographers that have nice equipment, have a good eye for photography, and yet have no direction or focus to their work. I thought I would take a few minutes and share a bit of my experience with some of you.


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“Rooftopping” – (Part 1: The Beginning)

The latest craze for urban photographers is rooftopping.  Many people are still unfamiliar with the term unless they personally know someone who is involved in this current phenomenon.  So for those of you who are unfamiliar with the term “rooftopping” you may ask, “what is it?”  Rooftopping is for those not afraid to soar to levels of  death defying heights, and are searching for a thrill and wanting to take their photographs to a whole new level (no pun intended).   As one of the best urban photographers in Toronto, Neil Ta, so eloquently summed up rooftopping as,  “the views captured from above are those from perspectives only construction workers, engineers, maintenance workers, and security personnel will ever see.”

rooftop view | Toronto | 1/30 sec at f / 3.5, ISO 5000 |

When I just moved back to Toronto and was searching for something exciting to shoot, I came across an article about these guys:  Tom Ryaboi and Ronnie Yip.  The article was about how these guys (including Neil Ta) enter into various buildings (usually) illegally, to capture breathtaking views of the city.  I thought that moving back to Toronto after being in Paris for almost two years and Florida and Los Angeles for 10 years was going to be boring from a photography perspective until I heard about rooftopping.

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