Visual pockets

The particular sense of place in architecture derives in part from the way in which the outward views are framed. While the character of these views may shift incrementally, according to the time of day, the weather and the season, their defining components tend to be fixed. In these photographs, by contrast, it is surfaces rather than openings that become the medium for a point of perspective — for intense, closely circumscribed effects of light and shadow. Unlike the enduring nature of a view, these effects are transitory, but contribute powerfully to the atmosphere of a space.


John Pawson