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第47期为您介绍的是建筑摄影师 田方方。更多关于他,请至:Studio FF on gooood

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gooood Under 35 NO.47 introduces architectural photographer Tian Fangfang
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出品人:向玲 / Producer: Xiang Ling
编辑:陈诺嘉,武晨曦 / Editor: Chen Nuojia, Wu Chenxi






Arriving in Shanghai with the memories of nature



“Life and growth in the countryside determined how I look upon nature, and became part of the inspirations that aroused my intuition in photography.”



I was born in Enshi, a small town with scenic landscape in western Hubei, which is also a region where the Tujia and Miao people live in. All my memories of childhood is related to nature and the countryside. With the distinctive changes in four seasons in the mountain area, time was easily perceived, providing an enjoyable playground for kids like me to explore. I finished primary and junior high school in the countryside, and this is the reason why that kind of experience was deeply imprinted in my childhood memories. Life and growth in the countryside determined how I look upon nature, and also gave me the ability to perceive and capture the harmonious state of everything in the world. Later in my photographic work, this ability was transformed into a very important way of seeing, and became part of the inspirations that aroused my intuition in photography.

▼田方方的家乡,充满自然风光,Tian Fangfang’s home town with rich natural evironment
上:雨后的群山,up: mountains after rain
中:夏日雨后的村庄,middle: village in the summer after rain
下:小时候上过的初中,后来荒废并被改造成养老院,below: middle school which has been transformed into a nursing home



My passion for photography led me to change careers



“I have been fond of photography since I was at college…. I feel that I could probably do something valuable with my camera.”





▼上海街头摄影,photographs of street view in Shanghai

I have been fond of photography since I was at college, which continued as a hobby until I graduated to work. I first worked for a design institute, and apart from working overtime, I spent most of my spare time shooting photos. I did not have any specific purpose or plan for photographing, and the only thing I knew I love to do was to document things by photos.

During this period, I was fortunate to meet a group of friends who were also passionate about photography, and the experience of participating in a film-developing training workshop allowed me to know more fellows in the photographic art circle, which literally opened the door to my knowledge of photography. For the first time I felt the true glamour and energy of photography, and it was also at that time I was motivated to become a professional photographer, feeling that I could probably do something valuable with my camera.

▼上海地铁摄影,photographs in Shanghai metro



Main concerns of architecture photography



“The photographer needs to establish an instant emotional connection with the site, mobilizing all the positive factors to seize the very moment to press the shutter.”





The experience of working as an architect has certainly influenced and benefit my practice in photographing, which allows me to understand buildings more composedly, and to explore their structure, spaces, materials and details from the perspective of a designer. This will provide an objective and rational guide for me to draw up the shooting plan and organize the formulation of the lens language. 

Composition, or framing, is the first and crucial step in an actual shooting process, and it determines the way you view the building as well as the subject and content you want to convey. In addition to the composition, another decisive factor that influences your outcome is the use of light. Architectural photography is more featured by natural light that can not be subjectively controlled, so in a sense photographing is a process of chasing the light, and also, experience the light. Finally, a rather important thing is the presentative feeling, which means the photographer needs to establish an instant emotional connection with the site. It comes from the experience that the photographer roams his body and immerses in the space until all the positive factors are mobilized to be able to seize the very moment to press the shutter.

▼田方方部分建筑摄影作品,selected architectural photographs taken by Tian Fangfang


Throughout the past experiences, one of the most memorable photos was taken from Taizhou Art Museum: I was supposed to document the construction process, but accidentally captured the most iconic look of the building. There were many irreconcilable contradictions during the construction and interior design phase due to the client’s reasons, but it did not prevent the architect from initially conceiving the museum as a pure “framework” that could standing immutably, despite the excessive using and reforming, or even at last becoming a ruin. I thought that the photo of the art museum had just highlighted the essence of the “framework” . At such a dramatic moment, between the physical structure and the “ruins” of the future, it seemed to exist beyond time.

Photo of Taizhou Contemporary Art Museum before completion. Architectural design: Atelier Deshaus (click HERE to view more)

▼台州当代美术馆,记录光影和架构本身. Architectural design: Atelier Deshaus
Taizhou Contemporary Art Museum, record of the light and the structure. Architectural design: Atelier Deshaus



What makes good architectural photography



“Photographing is endowed with the dual mission of documenting and expressing…I regard architectural photography as an image archive, recording the certain moments in the life cycle of a building.”




▼边园组图 – 建筑外观,建筑设计:大舍建筑设计事务所点击这里查看更多
Group photos of Riverside Passage – external view of the building. Architectural design: Atelier Deshaus (click HERE to view more)

Photographing is endowed with the dual mission of documenting and expressing. The recording of physical world based on objectivity implies a realistic point of view, which differentiates photographs from other forms of images. But in real communication, photography has to face with various kinds of people and purposes of use, and this is also what a photo needs to deal with in terms of expression. Therefore, what is good photography depends on what aspect you judge it from. Personally, I regard architectural photography as an image archive, recording the certain moments in the life cycle of a building, from its construction and completion to being put into use, and even to its destruction and eventually becoming runs. All of these moments are meaningful. From this perspective, architectural photography becomes a more serious matter. If photography is a language of taking a fragment of time from reality and turning it into graphic, then good photography is about bringing that fragment back to the moment when it was taken, restoring what else was filtered out by the lens, and providing the viewers with an immersive experience of the scene. Only at that moment can photos speak for the building and fulfill its mission of expressing.

▼边园组图 – 春天的植物与建筑,建筑设计:大舍建筑设计事务所
Group photos of Riverside Passage – plants and architecture in Spring. Architectural design: Atelier Deshaus

▼边园组图 – 粗犷的自然空间,建筑设计:大舍建筑设计事务所
Group photos of Riverside Passage – natural space with a feeling of roughness. Architectural design: Atelier Deshaus

▼边园组图 – 不同材料之间的对比,建筑设计:大舍建筑设计事务所
Group photos of Riverside Passage – contrast between different materials. Architectural design: Atelier Deshaus



What makes a good architectural photographer



“I do not think that there is a contradiction between commercial photographing and artistic creating. The only distinction here is whether the photographer is sincere with the process of creation. Being honest and reflective is the first step towards art.”



▼有代表性的建筑摄影作品 – 喜岳云庐酒店瑜伽亭及泳池,建筑设计:刘宇扬建筑事务所点击这里查看更多
Representative architectural photography works – Pavilion for Yoga and Pool in XY Yunlu Hotel. Architectural design: Atelier Liu Yuyang Architects (click HERE to view more)

▼有代表性的建筑摄影作品 – 二里头夏都遗址博物馆,建筑设计:若本建筑
Representative architectural photography works – Heritage Museum of Xia Dynasty in Erlitou. Architectural design: 若本建筑

▼有代表性的建筑摄影作品 – 中华玉文化博物馆,建成五年因为各种原因处于闲置废墟状态,建筑设计:若本建筑
Representative architectural photography works – China Jade Culture Museum, being left unused after five years since completion. Architectural design: 若本建筑

▼有代表性的建筑摄影作品 – 嘉定微型社区,建筑设计:非常建筑点击这里查看更多
Representative architectural photography works – Jiading Mini-Block. Architectural design: Atelier FCJZ (click HERE to view more)

▼有代表性的建筑摄影作品 – 和美术馆,建筑设计:安藤忠雄点击这里查看更多
Representative architectural photography works – He Art Museum. Architectural design: Tadao Ando (click HERE to view more)

▼其他有代表性的建筑摄影作品,Other representative architectural photography works
(上左)外滩源6号楼,(upper left) The Bond No. 6. Architectural design: David Chipperfield Architects
上右)外滩3号,(upper left) The Bond No.3. Architectural design: Archi-Union Architects
(下左)项目编号N.0378,(lower left) N.0378. Architectural design: AIM architecture
(下右)上海半圆公寓改造,(lower right) U-shape room, Shanghai. Architectural design: Atelier tao+c (click HERE to view more)



A good architectural photographer must have the true passion about both buildings and photographing, and would love to spend massive time getting alone with them personally. The empathy with the architecture will guide you to uncover those hidden places. Meeting the needs of the clients, or making an agreement on what you both want to achieve is an important point. The freedom and richness of your creative work should be on top of this standard. But overall speaking, I do not think that there is a contradiction between commercial photographing and artistic creating. The only distinction here is whether the photographer is sincere with the process of creation. Being honest and reflective is the first step towards art.

▼旅行拍摄 – 密度东京
Photos taken during traveling – the dense city of Tokyo

▼旅行拍摄 – 去Fez途中的乡野风光
Photos taken during traveling – countryside view on the way to Fez

▼旅行拍摄 – 从吉首美术馆看到的景色
Photos taken during traveling – view from Jishou Art Museum

▼其他旅行拍摄,Other photos taken during traveling



Perspectives on equipment and post-production



“My choice of equipment basically depends on the fitness for use…I also like to use my cellphone for shooting things…Shooting with a cell phone allows me to keep myself in a state that I could observe the world with the thinking of images.”



对于在选择数码和胶片这个问题上,我个人现在是以数码相机拍摄为主,因为我觉得人类科技一直在进步,数码相机的出现和革新也是这个时代的产物,选择用数码相机创作,也是一种契合时代的选择,用当下的技术解决当下的问题,这本身就是一种很当代的做法。当然我也不抵触胶片相机,胶片相机有其特殊的呈现方式跟效果,这是数码相机无法替代的,包括大画幅相机,呈现的效果跟品质是别的相机很难取代的,现在也有很多数码系统,如Phase One XT系统,Alpa系统这些顶级中画幅相机,属于数码时代的王者,除了价格昂贵之外,恐怕很难挑出其它毛病了。但在胶片和数码之间,我觉得有一点是共同的,就是需要珍惜快门,这是一种摄影修行,不能因为胶片的小众就去放大情怀,不能因为数码的优势就乱按快门。一切技术手段最终都是为拍摄主题服务,内容本身才摄影师应该追求的永恒之路。



▼手机摄影作品,photographs taken by mobile phone

My choice of equipment basically depends on the fitness for use. I purchase new devices or camera lenses only for performance needs. I think there is one thing in common when using film cameras and digital ones, which is that you must cherish each time of pressing the shutter. You are never supposed to press the shutter randomly just because you are holding a digital equipment. This could somehow be an “ascetic practice” in photographing.

I also like to use my cellphone for shooting things. For me, it is a good way to get relaxed from work, and it makes shooting much easier. Mobile photography for photographers is quite like sketching for designers, which is one of the various ways of capturing and collecting inspiration. Shooting with a cell phone allows me to keep myself in a state that I could observe the world with the thinking of images.

Speaking of post-production, I think it must serve to better express the subject of the shot, after all the necessary processes including cropping, colour modulating and retouching to achieve relatively ideal outcomes. These are largely subjective decisions but photographers should have their own standards to adhere to. For me, the standard is to focus much more on shooting itself than on manipulating the photos.

▼手机摄影作品,photographs taken by mobile phone



Architecture Photography in China



“I hope that in the future there will be  more and more individuals or companies that can take the lead of architectural photography industry, encouraging the photographers to participate in a broader social practice and give full play to its maximum value.




There is strong market demand for architectural photography in China and people pay more attention to the value of architectural photography. With the in crease in the number of professional photographers, the competition has become fierce. It may lead to problems and chaos at the beginning, but also push the photographers to improve themselves in different directions, and the excellent practicers will eventually stay.

In this small circle of architectural photographers, most of us are growing in a cruel and passive way. I really hope that in the future there will be  more and more individuals or companies that can take the lead in accelerating the growth and perfection of architectural photography industry, encouraging the photographers to participate in a broader social practice and give full play to its maximum value. In the meantime, a large number of outstanding practicers will come forward to help China’s architectural photographers step on the international stage.



Establishment of StudioFF, Photography and Video

其实摄影是一个非常个人的行为,我非常享受一个人工作的自由状态,加上拍摄委托比较饱和,所以这几年的时间并没有去刻意宣传。但在这几年的摄影实践中,尤其是当我开始尝试去拍视频的时候,我发现需要一个团队去执行你的想法,从写脚本,到拍摄剪辑,一个人的局限就很明显。去年我成立了一个工作室,studio FF, 我想这是我个人品牌的一个延伸,我们想专注于建筑视频这一块,这对我来说也是一个全新的领域,未来探索空间还很大,但我相信我们会在这一块做的很好。目前我们的品牌视觉和网站都在筹备上线中。

▼Studio FF工作室,working place of Studio FF

▼Studio FF拍摄的二里头夏都博物馆视频,video of Heritage Museum of Xia Dynasty in Erlitou produced by Studio FF


▼田方方,Tian Fangfang

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