DAYS & PLACES
THE PLACES WE’VE BEEN
La Fabrica was found as an abandoned cement factory in 1973 just outside Barcelona, Spain by Ricardo Bofill. The factory was originally built in the post World War I era, and was not built at once or as a whole, but as a series of additions as the factory and industry demanded. As an architect, Bofill was taken with the abandoned four kilometres worth of underground tunnels, the surprisingly well maintained shape each room and the vernacular architectural structure. From here, Bofill took the structure and implemented aesthetic trends in architecture like; surrealism, abstraction and brutalism, that had developed since the resurrection of the factory. Essentially, Bofill took an eyesore with great bones and converted it into a studio, gallery, home and a re- purposed city slowing being engulfed by vegetation.
Over many years, La Fabrica underwent consistent renovations, the goal was to uncover hidden rooms and create new relati...
Europe Art Nouveau.ORGANIC
It is known that at the beginning of the 20th century, architecture took a turn in means of art and composition. New materials and technologies met global architects which completely inspired the change and desire for every thing Art Nouveau. The late architectural photographer Keiichi Tahara traveled to Europe to find the best examples of Art Nouveau in architecture. Tahara’s work is known for capturing intricate details of bold, and marvellous structures. From the Grand Hotel Europa to capturing the subtle features in a simple chandelier, Tahara had an eye for extracting the most organic features from a architectural form.
Taschen will be releasing a book called Architecture Fin- De- Siècle in memorial for Tahara’s photographic achievements drawing inspiration from Europe's architectural wonders. His photos were captured during a pivotal moment in which the world was craving technological, philosophical and political adv...
Nostalgia and Abandonment; The Universal Experience.VAST
ML: Where in China and Mongolia are these photos taken?
CH: The locations are spread right across China and Mongolia. From Buddha Park in Zaisun, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park in Northwest China’s Gansu Province, the Spring Temple Buddha located in Lushan County which is one of the tallest statues in the World.
Ice Valley, Binggou Scenic Area, which covers an area of 300 kilometres and has an elevation that ranges from 1,500 to 2,500 metres above sea level and the Guan Yu Statue, Yuncheng, China. It was quite an expansive trip in terms of documenting the sites and one which is ongoing.
ML: What is your relation to these countries?
CH: I’m interested in fabricated memory, national identity, Chinese in particular in this project because it has such a rich heritage, but that is very much from an outsiders point of view. I have no personal relation to China or Mo...
and When. The earth we live in is full of visual treasures too magnificent to describe. Often we need a photograph to allow an beautiful landscape to meet our lines of vision - wherever we are. Sometimes it's a the other end of the world, sometimes just a few miles away.
Photography by Marilyn Mugot, Interview by Natalie Malheiro.
Marilyn Mugot, captures a part of our world that some people are afraid of, some people hide from or even make bright. Mugot’s China At Night series takes place in Chongqing, China. One of the worlds most populated cities. But from midnight to morning, Mugot documents quiet places in a city she feels most comfortable in.