Richard Silver is a photographer born in New York, but he has travelled the world and ended up photographing in more than 78 countries and 245 cities.
Silver spends some of his time mainly focused on shooting architecture and buildings, whether they’re modern or ancient. His photography isn’t necessarily straight photography and he has his own interpretation on the world he views. Engaging in practises such as using tilt shifts, vertical panoramas and time slices he creates beautiful pieces of work that alter our perception on reality.
I was particularly fascinated by the vertical panoramas he’s taken in churches and cathedrals. As I’m photographing in a church, not quite as grand as those he has photographed, it is great to see a different take or way in which to shoot. Much of Silver’s work has been featured in museums and galleries around the world and it is well renowned.
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I want to comment on the attention to detail that Silver has placed in the ceiling of each of the locations he has shot in. Not only are they intricately detailed but they are well lit and full of a clean, crisp colour. The presentation of this 180 degree view as a long panoramic strip adds a certain element of fascination to his work as it’s so creatively and the outcome is very beautiful. The photograph still allows us to identify the location, and the techniques he’s used don’t deduct anything from the context of the image. We can still identify the location as well as pick out the details that make each location so unique. Although still in the same overall umbrella of churches and cathedrals, Silver has managed to make each very individual, highlighting the main features and the main points of the place.
Clearly Silver’s focus is on the architecture and not necessarily the goings on in the place, but all the same, he has managed to capture this essence of what brings people to these places for worship or just appreciation of the building itself. The beautiful end product is an amazing photograph to view as it’s so unique to him and what he does. It also adds another layer of perspective. Taking elements from his work would be a great thing for me to do, and I would consider using elements of the ceiling in my own work, as well as considering how I could actually shoot the project from my position to get a great composition, like Silver has here.
In the context of researching for churches, I think that Silver’s work is vastly different to anything else I have come across previously, but his point of view is so interesting and engaging that I’ve loved looking at his work and commenting on how he’s framed his subject to get the most dramatic effect, in not just one location but several. The difference in his work is great because it provides a fresh set of eyes to look at a subject that has been done previously before on many occasions. It takes the mundane standard shots to the next level and creates a work of art about a work of art.