Sonsbeek

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Photography

These couple of photographs by no means document the building in any representative way. I have photographed it before, and will photograph it again at any chance I have. It’s an endlessly fascinating construction, that I’d like to tackle one bit at the time.

When you approach the pavilion, it looks like a building. But when you enter it, it seems to fall apart in lines, surfaces and materials, cutting through an open air space. What at first looks compact and comprehensible becomes a sort of fluid arrangement of elements that, depending on your perspective, opens up a space, or pulls it together.

All these are shot with the Fuji, hand held. So far, I haven’t been able to come up with a reason not to like the Fuji for shooting architecture. I appreciate the limited amount of lens distortion, especially since I have this tendency of framing pictures too tight. And very often, I can’t afford to loose the edges. I would hate to see that little corner in the lawn disappear in the edit (at the top, left). It only happens too often that cutting off a few millimeters ruins the photo for me.

Sonsbeek pavilion, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo. Architect: G. Th. Rietveld. Reconstruction of the original pavilion from 1955, designed for the display of small sculptures.

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