The expressive side of architecture by Paul Clemence

Paul Clemence is a photo artist who creates art that highlights Architecture’s most intangible and elusive qualities through a refined visual sense and an observant eye. His work expresses personal perceptions of the built landscape in all its forms and scales, such as buildings, cities, and interiors. He is one of the jury members of the current Architecture Photography Competition of the Architecture Magazine Arch20.

Paul Clemence: Zaha Hadid Aquatic Center London

“Architecture for me is much more than just erecting buildings – it’s way of looking at and understanding the world” 

Paul Clemence

Paul Clemence: The River Building by SANAA at Grace Farms, New Canaan Connecticut

Paul Clemence is a photo artist that creates art that highlights Architecture’s most intangible and elusive qualities through a refined visual sense and an observant eye.  His work expresses personal perceptions of the built landscape in all its forms and scales, such as buildings, cities, and interiors. 

Paul Clemence: Museu do Amanha by Santiago Calatrave, Rio de Janeiro

“My work is about finding the expressive side of buildings. Whether they are by ‘starchitects’ or low-profile designers, all projects have a poetic side. I look for the gesture, the movement suggested by the lines, the shapes, the feel of the textures, the dance of void and volume.”

Paul Clemence: Whitney Museum original building by Marcel Breuer

In surveying the constructed world, Clemence filters and translate the found space or the architectural object into a poetic moment derived from an acutely personal interaction and unique spatial perception.

Paul Clemence: Tale of Two Cities. Rio de Janeiro

The often-abstract resulting imagery takes viewers into an insightful journey of discovery, an awakening of their own relation to the built world and its effects and affects in their experience. Whether the texture of a wall, or an intricate structural detail, a street corner, or a light moment revealing the expansive quality of a room, Clemence’s work informs in new ways the sense of experiential beauty to be in time and space. “I would say that light is for me the most important element when photographing, followed closely by composition”, he states.

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Paul Clemence

Beyond his fine art exhibits in cultural events such as Venice Architecture Biennale, ArtBasel/Design Miami, Milan’s FuoriSalone and Indian Arch Dialogues, Clemence is also a lecturer, author and writer, being widely published in all the top publications in the design and architecture industry. In 2009 he created the Facebook photo-blog ARCHI-PHOTO which quickly became a social media phenomenon turning into a community that today counts with over 1.1 million followers worldwide. Originally from Brazil, where he received a degree in Architecture, he is now based in Brooklyn, New York and works all over the world.

 

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