Architect and photographer Alessio Forlano bridges his professional and personal passions with his stunning black and white architecture photography. It’s a combination of interests that Forlano tried to keep separate, thinking that his photography would provide a creative refuge away from his work as an architect, but in the end this separation proved futile.
Instead, his series EmotionArch aims to show viewers how contemporary architecture provokes an emotional reaction. Primarily using wide angle lenses and his Fujifilm X-T2, Forlano’s photographs pay homage to the dynamic shape and form to the structures that fill our contemporary world. The high contrast, black and white photographs have a clarity and simplicity that make it possible to appreciate architectural aesthetics that may otherwise be lost in observation.
“EmotionArch comes from my wish to spread knowledge about contemporary architecture and the role it can have in our society. I hope my photographs can stimulate viewers and create curiosity about architecture,” Forlano writes via email. Indeed, many photographs frame the architecture in a manner that highlights their grandeur, inviting viewers in to observe their majesty and creating curiosity about the story behind the work. Others focus in, highlighting the geometry to a level of abstraction. By removing a section of the building from its context, Forlano opens up a new appreciation for the artistry of architecture.