Learning about architecture photography from @rupajiwa

Some background about @rupajiwa Studio. 

Wan Fuad and Airul Azli, explaining the equipments they use for their assignments. 

Formed in 2000 by Wan Fuad and Airul Azli, Rupajiwa Studio or Rupajiwa has actively involved in several arts and cultural events. In 2006, Rupajiwa has organized and showcased their works in a joint-exhibition with a collective of experimental photographers in Sepetik Telunjuk Photo Exhibition in Tempinis Galeri Bangsar. Since then, Rupajiwa has been involved in several art exhibitions and collaborated with few local and international visual artists.

Rupajiwa focused on Architectural Photography since 2008, serving top architecture firms, developers and private clients in Malaysia and Singapore and also several international assignments.

Airul, in his relax mode sharing the experience

Rupajiwa believes in manifesto of futurism, in which admired tectonics youth spirits, detailing and industrial city; all that represent the technological triumph of humanity over nature.

So, the session was conducted by both Fuad and Airul, hosted by Islamic Arts Museum. 

Taken from the IAMM’s website.

Framing Architecture: The Power of Photography by Rupajiwa Studio

Photography has been shaping the public’s perception of architecture over the past century. Even more so in these modern days, the narrative of architecture is captured in series of photographs. Photography helps bring architecture to a wider audience; in doing so, influences the way we perceive and relate to our surrounding. It is this ability to influence perception that makes photography a powerful tool in historical documentation and communicating architecture.

Rupajiwa Studio will discuss the connections in framing architecture via three projects: a historic mosque, a contemporary mosque, and a royal palace.

Airul explained that framing architecture is an art of converting or translating the finished work of architect into 2D format.  Often the architecture photography is mainly used to document the buildings.  

“Some projects are on-going, where we will be invited back by the client, as the task is yet to be completed.  For example, how the trees and plants that have fully grown, covering the buildings, etc.” Airul said. 

Both Fuad and Airul shared with the audience that it is crucial to identify the straight line in the frame.  The straight line acts as the contrast, comparison of the subject (building).  

“We will take the brief from the clients, conduct the recee and find the best angles to frame the architecture.  There are apps available now for us to know the wind direction, sun rise, sun set, weather etc, which makes our job easier.  We do not use the lightings but rely on the natural sunlight to create the effect of the photographs.” Fuad explained. 

They gave the audience some pointers such as maintaining a straight line in the photograph, find ways to show the curve of the buildings, orientation, continuity of the buildings, linkages, as well as contrast.

All of us

Towards the end of the session, they shown the architecture photographs taken in Shah Alam and Klang.