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Reed Hearne is an American artist who uses the technique of tilting camera angles in his geometric architectural photographs. By cropping his images and angling the camera, he turns architectural form into abstract patterns.
Geometry is the study of shapes. Within art it considers the positioning of figures and properties of space. This mathematical relationship with form became popular with early 20th-century avant-garde artists, who were moving away from realism towards abstraction. Geometric artists generally created compositions from non-objective forms such as squares, lines or circles.
Non-objective form interested photographers as they could manipulate light or exposure to visually emphasise bold shapes, lines and patterns. This technique often leant itself to the photography of architecture as it was an easy subject to capture and small sections could be isolated, creating abstracted and surreal imagery.
Early 20th-century Modernist architecture especially fascinated geometric photographers as it focused on functionality, clean lines and new building materials, such as steel, glass and concrete.
Jaromír Funke was a prominent Czech Modernist who applied a ‘New Vision’ style of photography to architecture. By tilting the camera Funke produced vertiginous views of buildings which abstracted their form.