The inspiration that makes me tik is travelling to new and familiar places. Experiencing new cultures new arcutecture widens my mind and inspires me. I capture this though my photography. One place that stood out for me was my trip to Florence, Italy…
Exploring Archutecture Cities
Exploring the architecture of a city such as Florence and also capturing the intricacy and geometrics. When I travelled to Florence, I wanted to capture the history within the city though the buildings. Focusing on buildings and the Renaissance period which took place from the 14th century to the 17th century. The Renaissance period plays a significant role in my life as this time period was a time of change and being innovative a time of European cultural, artistic, political and economic “rebirth”. I was mesmerized by the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, the cathedral of Florence, Italy. Capturing the free standing dome. The building of the Duomo started in 1296 in the Gothic style to a design of Arnolfo di Cambio and was structurally completed by 1436, with the dome engineered by Filippo Brunelleschi.
During the Renaissance period people were captured by perspective and scale. This is shown throughout the city of Florence as all alleyways are long and thin giving a greater and more dramatic sense of perspective. I wanted to capture exactly what I was seeing within my photography that the people of Florence as well as myself were fascinated by.
The Galleria dell’Accademia di Firenze is one of Italy’s most famous art museums founded by Grand Duke Peter Leopold of Lorraine as a teaching facility for students of the adjacent Academy of Fine Arts. Home to Michelangelo’s sculpture David. The stature was transferred from Piazza Della Signoria into the Galleria in 1873. The architect Emilio de Fabris projected a special tribune with a large skylight to shelter David, eventually completed in 1882. It has now become a symbol of strength and youthful human beauty. The pose of David is also very distinctive, as the figure stands with David resting on one leg and relaxing the other this causes the hips and shoulders to rest at opposite angles, giving a curve to the body. Furthermore, the statue isn’t in proportion as the head and upper body are much bigger than the bottom and the hands are much bigger than they should be. This is due to the beauty standards during this time period. Big hands was seen as having masculinity and power.