Spanish-based Marcela Grassi stands out for the way she uses photography characterised by a purity of form and material that results from her background as an architect.
There's a real difference between architecture photographers and architects who photograph architecture. This difference is really clear when you look at the work of Marcela Grassi.
She developed her passion for photography when she was very young after she received her first reflex camera as a gift from her grandfather when she was just 10 years old. She went on to study architecture and observed buildings through photography rather than drawings. After a study trip to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, when she visited and photographed the works of Oscar Niemeyer, she decided to focus on photographing architecture. That was ten years ago and she's still shooting.
Backed by her knowledge of architecture, she is so good at bringing out the design details in her photos that anyone who sees them appreciates this feature. In addition, Marcela Grassi steps up her photographs with light and shade, thereby creating new patterns to give rise to the architecture in the architecture. Indeed, Marcela Grassi's work is developed across more than one level, adding the meta-content from her architectural cultural baggage to the purely visual. But she doesn't stop there either because she accompanies it all with her skilled use of post-production techniques. This is a fundamental part of her work since this technique enables her to solve construction issues that sometimes arise during building works, thus managing to make the finished work look like the project the designer had in mind. Marcela Grassi is, therefore, a precious ally for architects, given that her photographs provide a pure, clean view of the project and become the testimony of its added value in communicating the architectural work.
She says she is inspired by Gabriele Basilico because of the way he interprets buildings in their environment and his great sensitivity to cities and society in general, and she loves the way her Catalan friend and photographer Jordì Bernadó looks at reality.
Marcela Grassi shares her Brazilian shots of Niemeyer with us, as well as her documentation of the London Cable Car building by Wilkinson Eyre, where the connection between architecture and environment is underscored by the reflections in the water.
Marcela Grassi - http://www.marcelagrassi.com/