It can be easy to describe architectural photography as the buildings themselves, as if in describing the building we are describing the way the building is portrayed in a photograph. My craft, however, lies in the space between.

I don’t just photograph buildings. I photograph the way they make me feel. Admittedly, it’s a bit of a strange concept. Buildings can’t technically have emotions. But yet, we all know that they do. Why? Because good architecture evokes emotion. It’s what we mean when we say “buildings have souls.” And it’s why we frequently describe buildings the same way we describe people: stoic, flexible, simple, impressive, or stunning.

Physiognomy is the idea that human faces carry meaning. My work is best described as the physiognomy of buildings. Because architecture carries meaning, if you listen for it. For example: some buildings have a melancholic determination to remain in the past. Some buildings announce their newness like proud parents bringing home a newborn, contemplating a future yet to be written. Some are merely present; their future still emerging as if it is just around the corner or on the horizon.

How do I work? I assume perfection is possible and I work to wring it out of every picture I take. I am at my core, a hunter gatherer of natural light and of perspective. I view every job as as an invitation to capture all of those nuanced, human emotions that live and breathe in architecture. And I strive to hear in every building I shoot a visual rhythm of a certain kind: symmetry, spirals, curves and converging lines. Discovering those architectural cadences is my passion.

I hope you enjoy the work you find here, I look forward to working with you.

JC

Published

My work has been published in Architectural Digest, Arch Daily, Architectural Record, Contemporist, Robb Report, Forbes, Architecture MN Magazine, Modern In Denver, Colorado Homes & Lifestyle, LUXE Magazine, Interior Design Magazine, Los Angeles Magazine, Swiss Pearl Architecture, The Denver Post, Denver Business Journal, Maxim Magazine, META Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Curbed and Atomic Ranch magazine. 

“The camera is the least important element in photography.”
— Julius Shulman
Portrait by Kimberly Wolff

Portrait by Kimberly Wolff