Mark Power, photography and construction01 nov 2015

A few weeks ago, during my last trip to Amsterdam, we visited Foam, the photography museum and, amongst plenty of beautiful photographs full of interesting stories there was one that really caught my eye.

POM2005019Z540688I can’t really explain why. It was big, really big, of a bright white colour but still full of different hues, with a lamppost as central axis (I really wondered “what about the rule of thirds?”), all the elements seemed to be floating on air and, besides, a beautiful dalmatian with a red collar that, even being small in the huge photography really popped out through all that whiteness.

Once at home, I digged a little bit more and I discovered the rest of Mark Power‘s work. The series I love the most are all dedicated to document the process and evolution of big construction and engineering projects.

United Arab Emirites. Abu Dhabi. Saadiyat Island. Construction of the Cultural District. Site of the Zayed National Museum, due for completion in 2014. Compacting machine. 16th March 2010.United Arab Emirites. Abu Dhabi. Saadiyat Island. Construction of the Cultural District. Site of the Zayed National Museum, due for completion in 2014. 8th December 2009.United Arab Emirites. Abu Dhabi. Saadiyat Island. Construction of the Cultural District. Site of the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, due for completion in 2014. 11th December 2009.BRAZIL. Belo Horizonte. Matozinhos. Limestone quarry and plant, owned by Lhoist. July 2006.25_Saadiyat__MG_0079 29_Saadiyat__MG_0119BRAZIL. Belo Horizonte. Arcos. Limestone quarry and plant, owned by Lhoist. July 2006.UK, LONDON, GREENWICH 2 February 1998 THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MILLENNIUM DOME. The Dome is a structure in perfect balance, with huge forces pulling against each other, the tension in the cables equivalent to the force of twenty jumbo jets at full thrust.UK, LONDON, GREENWICH 9 February 1999 THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE MILLENNIUM DOME. One of my favourite Dome statistics is that the structure itself weighs less than the air inside it. Depending on the mood of the moment, the Dome seemed to shift between an oppressive weight and an uplifting lightness.

You know, I’m an architect. For me those pictures are like heaven and I really admire how Mark Power can transform a chaotic and dirty construction site into those beautiful pictures. I would really love and enjoy having one of those pieces at home, maybe they’re not really meant as “decorative art” but for me they would be just perfec.

Visit  Mark Power‘s website and enjoy his work (it’s not all about construction, I promiss!)

[All the pictures belong to: Mark Power ]

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