I’ve just returned from spending a thoroughly interesting and inspiring day at the Society of Architectural Illustrators AGM, held at the Anise Gallery in Thames Shad, London as the guest of the architect, David Birkitt.
Not only was it a great chance to understand what the society is about, its purpose and aims, it was a great chance to get to know like minded artists working across many different media. It was great to also hear Ian Stuart Thomas’ view of Architectural Illustration and its role in creating a successful bid for a building. It got me thinking about where architectural photography fits within this process? Where it does have a clear role to play is in the construction and end product phases but what is less clear is how photography can help illustrate the case for buildings whilst they are still on the drawing board. Unfortunately I had to leave before the group debates got going and so didn’t get the opportunity to put the question to the forum. One for another day perhaps?
It was also great to see Karen Neale’s stunning illustrations from her travels, hear her talk about the process she uses and see how the passion for her work just oozes out of her. Whilst these are pen and watercolour drawings and Karen never picks up the camera to take reference images, there is something in the way in she constructs them, the format used and the way in which Karen’s focal distances shift from illustration to illustration. It seems that photography, or the way in which the camera works and renders perspective has informed her style.