Time Space and Existence are the most fundamental themes of mankind. We would like to acknowledge that all human discoveries and achievements, be it in science, art or any other discipline, should lead to a greater awareness about our existence, the existence of all matter and our position within time and space. Architecture, of the past and of today, forces us to consider and re-consider.
In the exhibition we bring together about 100 architects, young, senior, established and emerging, from many different cultures. Humans with different points of view. Co-existing thoughts and ideas from the last 50 years, which could be the basis of the thoughts of the future. With their projects, architects often have an enormous impact on the way we humans experience the quality of our surrounding. They influence our daily existence and leave a mark on the earth from this current Time and often this ‘mark' even outlives the architect himself. Architectural photographers capture this Space in this Time in our Existence and they have, like the architects, many different points of view and approaches. Architects should be very conscious about the impact their activities and decisions have on people and other living beings, as well as on our environment as a total.
Luis Rodríguez by Luis Rodríguez
During his architectural training he found himself captivated by the emotional influence of atmospheres; the work and writings of Juhani Pallasmaa, Steven Holl or Hélène Binet, among others, had a deep influence on him, focusing his attention on concepts like presence, patina or hapticity, bringing him closer to existential and phenomenological philosophy. His background not only shaped his vision but gave him an understanding of the complex process that exists behind human-made spaces.
His photographic work aims to raise awareness about how time and space are linked to human existence by sharing his own experiences related to the beauty of the ephemeral and the passage of time in relation with such spaces, as an expression and interaction with the world around us. He does this without competing with architecture itself but by considering his photography as one more layer within the whole creative journey, from the first design sketches to the eventual ruins.
Luis believes that shooting with a certain degree of decontextualization and abstraction drives the audience towards the details and haptic aspects of a space, creating mystery and attention around it. This approach opens a door to the spectator’s imagination and sensitivity which will help him/her to stop, become aware and wonder about the ‘here and now’.