Aesthetics of architectural photography and documenting of architecture assumed identical forms and predetermined cannons and laws. A unified, orchestrated, technically perfect and omniscient expression of countless of world-known architecture photographers often results in unrealistic, exaggerated and “safe” photographs. Through them we cannot see the actual impression, appearance and dimensions of the photographed object and space. At the same time the figure of man, the end user of a house, is completely ignored and nonexistent or sometimes orchestrated to such an extent that he becomes banal and insinuates unnatural situations in relations to the actors living or residing in the house.
These photographs of the Nest and Cave house in Opatija, designed by architect Idis Turato, were taken by a medium format analog camera with a lens which does not adjust the real perspective. The photographs document this single family house in a new and different discourse, showing its true aesthetics, dimensions and vistas while avoiding the obvious and the common.
The authors frame and find appealing segments and moments on location, not caring to meet the perspectives in which the house “must” be seen nor the technical elements which would make it appear more harmonious and appealing. The confrontation of the human figure with the house was an extremely important element in order to illustrate its dimensions and form as accurately as possible. The human figures are mostly stationary and positioned in a utilitarian way in unusual places or in overly orchestrated situations in order to illustrate dimensions of space, interrelations and contrasts or to emphasize the materials used for the construction of the house.