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light and time
July 27, 2010, 5:02 pm
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The Third & The Seventh from Alex Roman on Vimeo. Fullscreen it, please. For HD version, go vimeo here

Sunday afternoon was close to perfection. A thunderstorm storm rolling in over the city on the back of a sunny morning. On the couch surrounded by newspapers and my note-book. Bach. And a beautiful documentary in the background Learning from the Light: The vision of I.M. Pei.

Dipping in and out of it I was inspired by the interplay of  culture, nature and light in his discipline supported by the unpacking of the design principles involved in the construction of Fatehpur Sikri in India,  the Alhambra palace and the Great Mosque of Cordoba, both in Spain. The notion that really stayed with me was the importance of understanding how light changes what might seem to be a flat structure, how shadows create geometry across the day and how infinitely changeable the perception of a building can be. How temporal it is to the people who use it. This understanding provides tension to the idea of the ‘timeless art of the architect’.

To stop me writing about light dancing around architecture Alex Roman’s video above better explores this idea.  And is completely awesome. So beautiful. (thanks Ben)

Please watch it. And check out the galleries below.


“Nature cannot be made by a human being.” The definition of nature has been a truth since the ancient Greek philosophy… Satoshi Okada


“To create architecture is to put in order. Put what in order? Function and objects.” Le Corbusier


“In the old buildings, the columns were an expression of light. Light, no light, light, no light, light, you see… …the
same realization that you are realizing light.”
Louis Isadore Kahn


“Less is more” Ludwig Mies van der Rohe


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The play of light is captivating. The depth of field and rack focuses are particularly remarkable, especially given that this is largely composited. Its not easy to replicate a photorealistic change of focus. I heard that Alex Roman had a few months off and just dedicated himself to The Third & The Seventh, most guys would spend their time rendering , but instead Mr Roman celebrated the play of light over architecture.

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