Shuchuan Liu is a photographer from China, based in Japan. He mainly shots architecture and urbanscape pictures. In his opinion, it is easy for people to empathize with the beauty of an urban landscape, but it is not easy to find the beauty of the architecture around them. He hopes to show the characteristics of these buildings with multi-level luminosity and color. For him, architecture is the most creative thing of human civilization, and it can be the best reflection of the imprint of history and times.
Cover Image: Minatomirai No.2 by Shuchuan Liu
Located at the Minatomirai area of Yokohama.
A panorama work of Yokohama's landmark buildings.
"The vision of my urban landscape photography is to express a deeper level of intellectual and sensory beauty that is different from the beauty of the natural landscape."
Kadokawa musashino museum by Shuchuan Liu
Located at Musashino Kadokawa Museum in Saitama Prefecture.
There are few buildings with such a strong sense of design in Japan.
This architectural design makes it a art work itself.
A corner at Shiodome by Shuchuan Liu
Located at the Shiodome area of Tokyo.
This main building has both angular square elements
and rounded ring structures.
I was fascinated the first time I saw it.
“In my opinion, since the color is a function of human vision, it must have an important aesthetic function. We cannot exclude color from aesthetics and art.”
Tokyo in another world by Shuchuan Liu
Located at the Tokyo Supreme Court.
I want to reflect the spatial interlacing and
texture details of this building.
Matching with the colors and decorations of the windows.
The photos in this series were taken in Tokyo and surrounding areas. Ever since Shuchuan Liu started architecture photography, he has been thinking about how to reflect the unique beauty of the city through photos.
Generally speaking, the character of a metropolis is mainly commercial and functional, so people rarely experience art and beauty in it. That's because the beauty that people usually understand is biased towards nature or people. The beauty hidden in the city is space, mathematics, geometric and spectacular. By abstracting the elements of geometry, mathematics, and space in urban architecture, we can arouse people's natural intellectual aesthetics to a great extent. "The vision of my urban landscape photography is to express a deeper level of intellectual and sensory beauty that is different from the beauty of the natural landscape."
In addition, another important element of this series is color. It is generally believed that black and white photography is a more artistic way of expression. “But in my opinion, since the color is a function of human vision, it must have an important aesthetic function. We cannot exclude color from aesthetics and art.” Through the restoration of colors and subtle processing, it can better reflect the characteristics of the architectural landscape.
In the urban landscape that people are used to, it expresses the characteristics of its buildings and the relationship with people by emphasizing the sense of space and time and the contrast of color. This is Shuchuan Liu's idea and vision of urban landscape photography.
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