Collection: Constructing Worlds

2. Norman Foster

Reflections by Norman Foster

 

Norman Foster or Baron Foster of Thames Bank is an English architect, who has designed many famous modern architecture such as the Gherkin, Canary Wharf Station, HSBC building in Hong Kong, and many more around the world. 

"The book reflects his belief that architecture is essentially a social art - a necessity ad not a luxury - that it is generated by people's need, which are both spiritual and material. It has much to do with optimism, joy, and reassurance 0 of order in a disordered world; of privacy in the midst of many; of space in a crowded site; of light on a dull day. It is about quality: the quality of a space and the poetry of the light that models it."

 

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Since Foster is an architect, who took all of these photographs. His design in these architecture somewhat has the similar styles to each other: the modernity, the use of lines and glasses, and organic structure. So, through photography, these structures unify even more because of the way Foster has photographed and monochrome feature. Foster tend to use natural light to describe the missing structure in the photo. For example, the way the sun shines down at the wall reveals the linear metal structure of the terrance ceiling. The triangular shapes of the roof of the British Museum echoed their shapes on the main building. Foster clearly shows the way his architecture interacts with the environment, people, and space. I really like the repetition element in this images because it shows the coherence in his design and also organic pattern via light and shadows, which changes throughout the day depending on the weather. Flipping through the pages, I have urge to be in those places just to get the real sense Foster has captured. I just want to experience the grandness feeling I get from these photos in real life. I think Foster has done this through ‘reflection’ and repetition of the structure, making the architecture seems bigger than in real life. 
 
Having tried using Foster’s technique in Constructing World project, I realized that these beautiful photos are head to achieve because where the camera shot was taken from are all from places I have no access to. Since Foster is the architect, I guess it’s easier for him to do so, however, to get the perfect weather and lighting to create the ‘reflection’ effect is quite challenging. Until now, I’m still hoping for one bright sunny day in this cold winter to capture amazing photos like Foster did.
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