Shooting Interiors without the Furniture
Photographing interiors without furniture
I love furniture. Robert Takken, Architect, does not. Well, actually, I don’t know that for sure. I mean, I’m sure he has a bed and somewhere to sit. But having recently photographed a residential design of his where there was no furniture… Let’s just say he was a pretty happy architect. Further proof I have was in the final hours of the shoot a bed was being moved into the master bedroom. He started to twitch a little, like every cell in his body was rejecting the king-sized monstrosity lumbering into his gloriously designed master bedroom.
In all honesty, I kind of agreed with him. The bed was lovely, but it was very rewarding to photograph a space without furniture. Not to mention difficult. It’s hard to create depth in an image when your eye has nothing to rest on as it moves from foreground to background. Also, with the exception of the bathroom and kitchen, it can be difficult to communicate what a room’s purpose is without furniture. You rely on visual cues like materials used, or interior design features. Like this gorgeous children’s bedroom design, along with the rest of the internal fixtures and fittings, by Ingrid Interior Design.
Ever up for a challenge, I went about creating interesting images that told the story of the space, and only the space. I think this is why Robert was so interested in having it photographed before the residents moved in. The building could tell its own story, without being interrupted by a bookcase. Or a chair. Or a dog bed.
In every residential building I photograph I gravitate towards the features that show it’s not just something off a production line. This time it was the window. I could imagine the family of four who own the house spending hours in front of it reading, colouring in, chatting, playing games, drinking, snoozing.
There are many other impressive design features as well. But I’ll let the images do the talking.
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