Adrian Wilson – Architectur Photography


Vor 11 Jahren geschah etwas, dass die ganze Welt erschütterte. Die apokalyptischen Bilder der einstürzenden Zwillingstürme haben sich in unser Gedächtnis eingegraben. Das Mitgefühl gilt den Angehörigen, dessen Leben nie mehr so sein wird, wie es mal war. Die Täter lenkten zwei Flugzeuge in die Türme des WTC und eines in das Pentagon. Das vierte Flugzeug sollte das Regierungsgebäude in Washington treffen und kam wahrscheinlich durch Widerstand der Passage zuvor zum Absturz. Die terroristischen Anschläge hatten einen Massenmord zur Folge, 3000 Menschen fanden den Tod.




Elle:
The 11th september is a importan memorial day. What do you think today?

Adrian Wilson:

I am glad he September 11 has matured from the “with us or against us” anger, to a more circumspect understanding that the world is more complex. The US Government are negotiating with the Taliban, the Muslim Brotherhood are preferred to Gaddafi and the policy toward the Middle East seems to be more understanding of both sides. Through the last 11 years, I believe Americans have learned a lot and are more aware and realistic of other cultures’ and nations’ sometimes incomprehensible issues, which has to be a good thing in terms of tolerance.



Silverstein WTC Presentation Suite from Adrian Wilson on Vimeo.

Adrian Wilson ist seit 25 Jahren Fotograf, der sich auf Interieurs und Architektur spezialisiert hat. Ursprünglich kommt er aus England, doch diverse amerikanische Kunden brachten ihn dazu, nach New York zu ziehen. Seit 2003 lebt er nun in Manhattan. Die Maxime von Adrian lautet: “Making spaces look better than they really are, with the least amount of fuss.”

Er bedient sich des natürlichen Lichts und betont, dass er es vermeidet, Photoshop und andere visuelle “Gimmicks” einzusetzen, weil er der Auffassung ist, dass diese nur den Mangel an kompositorischen Fähigkeiten verbergen. Seit 2009 hat er sein Kundenangebot auf dem Sektor Inneneinrichtung um Videos erweitert. Adrian schreibt über Mode und Design und hält Vorträge. Er gilt in professionellen Kreisen als Experte für grafische Kunst. Zu seinen Kunden gehören u. a. Apple, Architectural Digest, Chanel, Interior Design magazine, Saks 5th Ave, Victoria’s Secret sowie renommierte Architekten und Designer.



Elle:
Adrian, could you please tell us how you got started in photography? And why you decided to go into Architectural Photography in particular?

Adrian Wilson:

My father and two older brothers were graphic designers. Competing with three older males seemed futile, so I picked a career which seemed easier and more glamorous than theirs. I was the first artist to combine photography and computers back in 1986, creating James’ Gold Mother album sleeve for instance. However it was the random knock on the door of Mondiale Publishing in Stockport, England which changed my career. They published different magazines covering every bar, restaurant, nightclub and hotel in the UK. I freelanced for them for 13 years, shooting over 2,000 interiors the old school way – on medium format slide film. In the mid 90′s, interior design really took off and I was perfectly placed to shoot for the new wave of modern designers.



Elle:
Is there any photography book that has helped and/or inspired you more than any other?

Adrian Wilson:

I love the work of Andreas Feininger as I too share his graphic style of photography, in fact this interview is the reason I became a photographer

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4DECDDF642F6763A

I don’t study other people’s photography, but White Casket by Miwa Yanagi is a beautiful concept and very well executed.



Elle:
Are there any projects you would refuse, or have refused, to shoot?

Adrian Wilson:

I really have an issue with many photojournalists, who seem to crave the most macabre, disturbing and vulnerable images of humanity in distress in order to further their career, then simply move on to the next war/famine/riot. There are interiors I would not shoot because they are so badly done. I have shot everything from the Ritz Hotel, to the Apple Cube, to a tiny apartment. It isn’t the style, size or cost of the project that defines quality, it is the taste, and without sounding a design snob, some places really are shamefully distasteful and not to be associated with.



Elle:
What was until now your favorite subject for a photograph?

Adrian Wilson:

A family house of a famous jeweller which had never been photographed. I was asked to document it by the owners and told to leave everything as it is. It was so refreshing not to style, prep, tidy and basically falsify the idea of a home. I photographed sideboards with family photos, next to a hairbrush, next to an expensive vase, next to a piece of lego. There was a framed photo of the owner when he was 9 sat with his mother on the lawn and 60 years later, the bench was still in the same place on the lawn. There is a big difference between a house, an apartment, a villa, a castle, and a home. We all aspire to and enjoy a home, no matter the size or decor.



Elle:
What’s your future plans?

Adrian Wilson:

I am working on a personal project documenting 24 hours in a day at people’s homes. Showing how we all have dishes in the sink, socks on the floor and we all put our feet up . I want to show how a space provides comfort and shelter as the day progresses. I have also been shooting addresses in NYC that correlate to lottery draws as a way of generating completely random places to shoot.
My video work has improved a lot in the last 2 years and I enjoying creating shorts like this one. Ultimately I will move to India.

Das Video, das auf einer U-Bahn Station entstand, faszinierte ihn von Anfang an. Adrian Wilson hatte seine Kamera stets neben sich auf der Bank liegen, um im richtigen Moment auf den Auslöser zu drücken. Es war interessant, was sich alles in einer gewissen Zeit abspielte. Der Mann auf der Bank, der zwei stundenlang unbeweglich auf der Bank kauerte und rundum die anderen Personen, die kamen und gingen, die Familie und die unterschiedliche Reaktionen der Menschen, die auch fragten , was er fotografiert und warum er diese Aufnahmen macht, diese Situationen fand Adrian Wilson spannend.


I would like to thank you for doing this interview, Adrian!

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