• Lily Maggs

Vertical Development

Updated: Jun 16, 2020

'Vertical Development'

What was just a simple photograph captured on a walk around Brick Lane, subsequently became an image that would evolve and shape my photography throughout my degree, as well as influence my choice of career. 'Vertical Development' jumpstarted my fascination with patterns, perspective and composition within architectural photography. The composition of the chaotic lines overlapping vertically and horizontally, encourages you to follow each line and take the image in piece by piece. I used this photograph as an influence in my photographic studies at university to create work based on the idea of abstract linear perspective and composition within architecture.

Fibonacci Sequence

I began by looking at the Fibonacci sequence, natures numbering system. It appears everywhere within nature; leaf arrangements in plants, pattern of the florets of a flower and even in bracts of a pinecone. The sequence is as follows: 1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21,34... the next number is found by adding up the two numbers before it. The number of petals on a. flower is often one of the Fibonacci numbers.

Flower, Black + White, June 2019

Golden Ratio

The Golden Ratio (also known as The Golden Section) is closely related to the Fibonacci sequence, and is used to create visually-pleasing compositions in architecture.

Temple on North side of the Acropolis, dedicated to both Athena and Poseidon
Parthenon, Athens, September 2019

The Golden Ratio was used in Ancient Greek architecture to establish a visually pleasing consistency between the width of a building and its height as well as in the construction of the portico and positioning of the columns that support the structure. The idea is to create a building that feels entirely in proportion.

From looking at the idea of the Fibonacci sequence and the way this is transferred into architectural design. I began to photograph abstract façades of buildings, consciously composing my images in camera and slightly editing them in post production. I wanted to ensure that that each line and segment of the image was in proportion and visually pleasing. This developed into creating a triptych photographic series 'Construction and Form'


Construction and Form

Developed from looking at the patterns in nature, these patterns have been re-created and modernised in city architecture. From what was once a historical landscape has now been developed into an abstract, glass, high-rise scene.

Living in the city you can often overlook the small intricate details that make up a buildings design or cityscape. This work is a representation of this.

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