18-year-old German architecture photographer and student Paul Eis takes photos of large buildings for a living. But one day, as he sat in front of his computer looking at some of the photos he had taken that day, he was suddenly hit with inspiration.
“I started to think how the buildings would look if they were colourful,” Eis told Business Insider.
Eis decided to use Photoshop to add bright colours to the buildings and really make them pop. “Architecture should not only be understood as something useful, but also as artwork,” Eis said. “But that is very difficult when you just see grey buildings. Highlighting the structure with bright colours and showing them isolated from their environment helps to show the viewer how unique these buildings are.”
Below, see what these white buildings would look like if they were decked out in bright colours.
'The architecture of Berlin and Hamburg is not bad at all, but also mostly not very interesting,' Eis told Business Insider. 'After colouring the first buildings, I got a completely new look.'
Using Photoshop, Eis strips each photo of all its colour, takes the building out of its environment, and adds in a blue background.
'The blue gives both contrast to white areas of the building and the coloured sections,' Eis said. 'Changing the real sky with a blue background is also a part of the isolation of the building from the environment. That reduces the content of the image to only the building itself.'
'(I add colour) mostly on windows or balconies,' Eis said. 'I also look for details which are repeating in the structure.'
If the building has a simple geometric look, he adds repetition of colours. On the other hand, if the building has a more random structure, he chooses a random order for the colours.
He's also passionate about landscape photography, but he sees a better opportunity for architecture in Berlin.
'I think architecture is perhaps the best kind of object to do (photography) experiments with,' Eis said.
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