In this showcase series we feature the architectural photography of Paolo Pettigiani.
Paolo spoke to Photophique:
I am 22 years old and my passion for photography was born with me. At the age of 5 I saw for the first time a darkroom and it was like a call to which I felt I had to respond. At 10 however, during all trips with my parents, I always had the analog camera in hand ready to capture those moments forever.
More than a job is a great passion, shooting for pleasure, I experience, I look, I seek inspiration for personal projects and to make eternal moments, feelings, memories. Another strong passion is the snow and for this from one year I became a snowboard instructor. But I do not enjoy only! I also think about the future and the best way to channel my creativity and the desire to experiment I chose to attend Design and Visual Communication at the Polytechnic of Turin.
Now are about two years I’m trying to work with photography shooting weddings, experiencing in book and participating in events and workshops. I really hope that photography could become for me a job but, of course, will always be my greatest passion.
Can you tell us more about this Geometric Architecture series?
A context which the shapes become a pretext for exploration of space, freeing itself from its real picture, to make it more emotionally relevant. The minimal geometry, shadows and colors intersect between reality and absence, visually decontextualised from initial aesthetics. In this way, the following photographs describe a “non-place”, dematerialised by its own matter.
The geometry, minimalism and graphics are the main points of this work, looking with the photography to decontextualising the building from the surrounding area. A new building, modern and colourful located in an industrial area grey, dirty and old near Turin.
What equipment do you use for your this series?
For this project I used a Canon 5D Mark II with a Canon 70-300mm. The building was enclosed and not being able to enter I shoot from a distance using a tele-zoom lenses to have shot closed only on the building and a closed aperture for a full focus.
The digital post production is short. I processed the images only with photoshop increasing a bit the contrast and then I distorted to have all the straight lines and finally I gave its a square cut, geometric and visually impactful.
Photophique has express permission to publish these images and Paolo Pettigiani retains full copyright to all photographs featured in this showcase series.