Welcome to f16photography, dedicated to architectural and general urban photography.
My name is Blair Hastings. For many years I practised as an architect here in Auckland. I only have my nose in the design magazines these days – my eyes (or eye) seldom looks up from the viewfinder. I walk into a lot of things!
What is ‘f16’? It refers to a measure of aperture, recorded in ‘stops’ – f-stops. The bigger the number (and 16 is big), the smaller the hole – the larger the depth of field. Dial in a shutter and film speed, set your aperture, release the button and you’ve got yourself a photograph. Small hole – big number – Architectural stock in trade – everything in focus: it works. Actually … f9 is typically better, but who’s counting!
Tradition is to be respected; it has its place. Architectural photography however can, and probably should, be anything but traditional. Just as each built form differs from the next, so should every photographic record made of it – reflecting its uniqueness, in concept, appearance, context and use. Easier said than done, right? But in approaching each project with innovative technique and open-minded creative thinking, it’s possible, and it’s my goal. So will f16 (or f9) still be in the mix? Of course, it works.
So yes I think creatively, but as a professional in the building and construction industry for over 15 years I also think commercially – and I know you do too. I’m about interpreting your brief and your vision, to surprise you with the photographs you weren’t anticipating. I very much look forward to hearing from you.