The Silence of Architecture by Edmund Sumner
Edmund Sumner harbors the sort of keen eye adept at coaxing new perspectives of color, light, scale and detail within architectural spaces you might have seen several times over – a skill born of patience and curiosity. We witnessed his process in action while traveling together during last year’s Amman Design Week. He’s since curated a selection of personal photos culled from 20 years of shooting architecture and interiors for the likes of Architectural Review, Domus Magazine, and Tadao Ando and Associates intended to transfer some of his personal memories onto the walls of architecture lovers.
Sumner’s prints are evocative of those spare and rare moments when architecture is experienced in silence and solitude, inviting thoughts of the interaction between our own senses in relation to scale, surface and light.
The following pair of photos rank as our personal favorites, a diptyque of Inagawa, a cemetery in rural japan designed by British Architect David Chipperfield. The two photos capture the same space first in the morning, then the evening, an example of the photographer’s sense of not only space, but time.
Most of Sumner’s prints are available in a variety of sizes, with additional subjects available at his website, direct from the photographer himself – an ideal gift for the architecture aficionado currently available ahead of the online holiday gift shopping season.
All photos with permission by Edmund Sumner.