The Art of Subtraction in Contemporary Architecture Photography

When it comes to visiting, exploring and photographing contemporary architecture, there are two places in Los Angeles that are my personal favorites; the Walt Disney Concert Hall (by Frank Gehry) and the Getty Museum (by Richard Meier). These two locations manage to grab my undivided attention for hours. Over the years I have captured hundreds of photographs at each location and I still discover new photographs every time I go.

Walt Disney Concert Hall ~ by Frank Gehry

Aristotle said that, “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” but when it comes to photographing these specific locations I feel like “the parts are greater than the sum.” These two buildings are architectural masterpieces but what really amazes me are the lines, shapes, forms, textures, patterns, and colors you can find once you begin to break the buildings into sections and sub sections. This is what I call the “Art of Subtraction”, when you take sections of a grand subject and capture it in sections.

Getty Museum ~ by Richard Meier

Next time you go visit either of these places, try to capture their simplicity, harmony and mystery. Make sure you find an interesting composition that holds a unique point of view under the perfect lighting.

Getty Museum ~ by Richard Meier

I can’t wait to see what you will find. Feel free to tag me on Instagram @eyeseesb so I can see your pictures!

Walt Disney Concert Hall ~ by Frank Gehry

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