Shape Of Light XIII

Edit : This photo is part of a series of 5 that has been awarded 2nd place at the International Photography Awards 2012 (IPA 2012) in the architectural category. This means that after winning 2nd place in 2010 and 1st place in 2011 that I've won this competition for 3 consecutive years in this category at this prestigious competition.


“Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of forms assembled in the light ”

- Le Corbusier


Here's an architectural photograph that I've been working on for a long, long time a few months ago. Approximately spent 80 hours on it. And before I have it printed on fine art paper I'm sure I will spend an additional few hours to make sure each and every pixel is in the right tonal zone:) Not kidding actually.

Well, you could ask yourself if that's worth all the effort and for what?

Actually I couldn't care less what the answer may be, all I can say is that art is not just a matter of talent and creative artistry. An important aspect of all great art is that it's also based on craftsmanship, on dedication and the need to make a sacrifice. Gandhi once said: “The sacrifice which causes sorrow to the doer of the sacrifice is no sacrifice. Real sacrifice lightens the mind of the doer and gives him a sense of peace and joy."

So this is why I give my everything when I created this photo, or any other photo I've made. This is why I start where any other would stop, where I enjoy when any other would think it's madness. It enlightens my mind.

The result, good or maybe even worthless, is just an observation and doesn't take anything away from the joy I found when I worked the pixels on the cables for 10 consecutive hours.


I'll be teaching an architectural workshop in New York City with international award winning photographer Sharon Tenenbaum on November 10-11-12-13 which is focused on creating images like this. For more info check out my Google+ account


Besides this I'm currently working on a series of fine art photographs of classic and exotic cars.


Technical info:

B+W ND110 & ND106 - 16 stops



17 mm

380s (6m20sec) exposure


Lightroom 3.0

PS CS5 - Silver Efex Pro 2


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Taken on June 10, 2012
  • EF17-40mm f/4L USM
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