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Shining light is one of the most important tasks that the artist faces when creating photos. Depending on the author’s concept, it builds the body of an object or a character. One of the components of this branch of art is the immortalization of interiors, which combines elements of landscape photography and architecture. In these areas the photographer must have a large ability to seduce with light to achieve the intended effect. Maciej Mańkowski – a laureate of many prestigious photographic competitions and curator of international exhibitions of applied photography, who also sits in the Jury of the second edition of the Tubądzin Awards, talks about how to operate it skillfully.

Speaking about the light in photography, we have to go back to the beginnings of art. Artists have always appreciated the important role of lighting in the creative process. The scattered and soft light was creating the mood of nostalgia, and the contrasting introduced the element of tension or horror – says Maciej Mańkowski, a member of the Association of Polish Art Photographers, for years cooperating with Ceramika Tubądzin.

The light in the architectural paintings

In spite of the changing lighting styles in each type of photography, there is a set of rules and schemas that should be followed. The main element of this art is the so-called golden three-division. It involves skilfully composing the object to be immortalized. It requires determining strong points of the composition in accordance with the natural perception of man. Interior photography is also an enormous area for realizing your visions. However, it requires skills such as determining the appropriate position of the camera, the use of blends, or screens to compensate for too strong contrasts. Thanks to the relation of light and shadow, an impression of spaciousness is created, and their mutual dependence strengthens the energy of the image.

Architects, however, often have to immortalize a completed project being deprived of the opportunity to build “their world” in the studio or on the computer screen. In this case, it is necessary to create an interior climate with the help of lighting. Without using a professional lighting set, the designer can use lamps or candles that bring a magical aura. Warm light will properly build the picture, showing an attractive room.

Applied art - it's worth breaking the rules

Maciej Mańkowski is currently in the Jury of the second edition of the Tubądzin Awards, where he evaluates the work of architects, interior designers and students of art schools. As he himself claims digital images created by participants, or renders, they should bear the hallmarks of applied art. Each designer must seduce with his image. If he is creative and knows the basic rules – including the golden rule of the tripartite, he should try to escape from them, creating intriguing images even in contradiction with the norms. Look for unusual viewpoints, creating sophisticated perspectives that can be more interesting than classic solutions. The golden tripartite and symmetry of photography can also be broken because the artistic rebellion has always fueled the development of art. As a juror of the competition for architects and designers, I would like to see an unusual approach to showing interiors – adds Maciej Mańkowski.

Tubądzin Awards is an international competition organized by Ceramika Tubądzin addressed to architects, interior designers and architecture students. Their works will be judged by characters of extraordinary authority in the world of creating space. This year jury includes Dorota Koziara, an architect cooperating with the Dior brand, Boris Kudlicka – architect and scenographer-visionary, editor-in-chief of Elle Decoration Małgorzata Szczepańska, Tomasz Smus, architect of the Tubądzin brand and Maciej Mańkowski. In addition to valuable material prizes, participants will compete for internships in the largest design studios.

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