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So Why is a Background in Architectural Photography Useful to Somebody Who Wants to Photograph People?

I used to joke that I photograph architecture because buildings don’t move around nearly as much as people do.  But truth is, good architectural photos—photos of buildings, interiors, spaces—include people.  The inhabitants or users of a space animate an otherwise static scene.

In my photos of buildings I often go to great lengths to include people in a natural, un-posed way to capture an image that doesn’t appear staged or scripted.  Over the years I’ve learned to blend in—as much as you can with a camera and tripod—and wait.  Wait for someone to walk by who doesn’t know you’re there.  Wait untill the novelty of a stranger in the room becomes uninteresting, and the students or staff or patrons go back to what they were doing.

So, photographing people in buildings is very much like photographing people.  It’s a shift in emphasis is all.  And not so much intentional blurring.

And not so obviously maybe, a history in architectural photography brings with it a well practiced awarness of and sensativity to environment. Capturing the space that surrounds and supports human activity.