THE ANXIOUS JOURNEY - Architecture and the Unknown/Unconscious

some preliminary snapshots from a photographic study about the rapidly changing architecture of modern cities and the impact on social life and identity.  Space, Represention, Demolition, City, Identity, Culture, Art and Heritage  are concepts of investigation  ... I am doing some readings and among them I found inspiration in the writings and of course the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico ...

the project is in a very generic and preliminary state, I am not sure what I am looking for, the subject is Urbanity and Identity but it is still just a vague motive ...


Also recently I have relesed a new website dedicated to architectural photography ( currently under development ):  PhotoVisionProject - Architectural Photography




Giorgio de Chirico "Metaphysical Urbanism". NIKON FM2 camera, Nikkor  f3.5 28mm PC lens. 

Modern City, preliminary sketches. Linhof Master Technika. 


‘One clear autumn afternoon I was sitting on a bench in the middle of the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. It was of course not the first time I had seen this square ...The whole world, down to the marble of the buildings and fountains, seemed to me to be convalescen t...Then I had the strange impression I was looking at these things for the first time, and the composition of my picture came to my mind's eye. Now each time I look at that painting I see that moment. Nevertheless the moment is an enigma to me, for it is inexplicable'. - (Giorgio de Chirico: Meditations of a Painter, 1912, trans. by Loiuse Bourgeois & Robert Goldwater).


The Anxious Journey  I feel, could easily be called "The anxious journey into the unknown" . What the picture represents to me is a manifestation of the possibilities laying ahead. You have the corridors that lead to unknown outcomes, the sliver of light ( or hope ) that your journey takes you somewhere pleasant.


The Origins of Architecture, After de Chirico - Thomas Mical

Giorgio de Chirico’s haunting representations of classical architecture and abandoned piazzas are often seen as anticipating the emergence of modern urbanism. This essay proposes that the metaphysical paintings, informed by Nietzschean philosophy, are posited upon a provisional origin of architecture, not as shelter, but as bodily sacrifice, turning flesh into stone, the moment into eternity. In de Chirico’s metaphysical spaces, architectural history appears a dialogue between these forces, where origin and end circulate around the fatal origin of architecture as memory. This thesis is developed and supported by the theory and practice of  fragmentary writing utilizing the works of Nietzsche’s post–structuralist interpreters.

19th c. Abandoned Architectural Structure. Saxony, Germany. Hasselblad 501CM, Kodak Tri-X. 



The Images are organized in four main categories:

  • Ruins and the City - Changing Structures / vanishing memories
  • Modern City - New Architecture 
  • Lost Cities - Ancient and Medieval Architectural Ruins 
  • LOST ARCHITECTURE - Industrial Ruins



Modern City - Changing Structures 

















Modern City - Architecture 

Modern City Hamburg. Zero Image Pinhole. 



Modern City Hamburg. Zeiss Box Tengor 6x9. 







Modern City Hamburg. Mb612  Pinhole. 



Modern City Hamburg. ADOX Golf  6x6. 
Modern City Hamburg. Voigtlaender Bergheil 6x9. 

Modern City Hamburg. Voigtlaender Bessamatic 35mm. 



Ancient and Medieval Architectural Ruins 


Roman Agora, Athens. Pinhole ( Camera Lucida ). 



Monemvasia Ruins, Zeiss Ikoflex Favorit. 



Monemvasia, Greece. Medieval Ruins. Pinhole ( Camera Lucida ). 


Monemvasia, Greece. Medieval Ruins. Zeiss Ikoflex Favorit. 


Monemvasia, Greece. Medieval Ruins. Pinhole ( Camera Lucida ). 




LOST ARCHITECTURE - Industrial Ruins

abandoned architectural structures - Hasselblad 501CM




abandoned architectural structures - Hasselblad 501CM


abandoned architecture - Nikon FM2, Nikkor  28mm PC


abandoned architecture - Nikon FM2, Nikkor  28mm PC




abandoned architecture - Nikon FM2, Nikkor  28mm PC


abandoned architecture - Hasselblad 501CM, Kodak Tri-X. 



 



abandoned architecture - Nikon FM2, Nikkor  28mm PC




abandoned architecture - Nikon FM2, Nikkor  28mm PC



abandoned architecture - Nikon FM2, Nikkor  28mm PC





abandoned architecture - Nikon FM2, Nikkor  28mm PC







Plaubel Makina 67




Plaubel Makina 67



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