Spotting Patterns in Melbourne’s Modern Architecture


When taking photos of buildings, most of us will stand back and snap them from afar. Not Teng Tan. The Melbourne, Australia-based photographer likes to shoot his city’s architecture so close that the buildings are almost indiscernible. “I guess I am an urbanite trying to see my city anew through the lens,” he tells us. “For me, patterns in (particularly modern) architecture are all about incisive geometry and design. It is challenging to see new abstractions of familiar buildings through the changing light, perspective and the use of lenses.”

Of all the photos he’s taken, Tan is most proud of the one immediately below called a3123 Concrete Geometry II. It’s a close-up of the foyer’s ceiling inside the Ian Potter Art Gallery at Melbourne. To him, it is one of his most abstract and geometrical images that has a “satisfying combination of line, shapes, color and light.”







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