New Zealand born photographer Mary Gaudin has been impressing me lately with a selection of photography over on her portfolio website, particularly a section of it which documents a variety of architects homes and builds. Three of my favourites feature here, Alvar Aalto, his home and office in Helsinki, Mies van der Rohe, The Barcelona Pavilion in Spain, and Le Corbusier’s The Cité Radieuse and Le Cabanon. I think it’s great to see all the little details in these buildings, something I don’t think you get to see as much on the more corporate type photography that most photographers take.
I have to say as a massive Alvar Aalto fan I happened to be very inspired by his home & office in Helsinki, Finland. Although I’ve seen this place a million times in different photographs I’ve yet to see a series as comprehensive as the one Mary has taken, I also think the angles and views are much better than most and capture the essence of Alvar and his workings. It features some shots that have amazing light and teamed up with the interior and aesthetic of Mr Aalto it just works perfectly, you can’t go wrong really.
Mary’s been involved in quite a few different projects and another one that might be of interest is her ‘Life Books’ that came about from a fascination with peoples living spaces. A realisation that people often take pictures of other humans but rarely of their homes. So Mary has decided to document these everyday spaces and it has led for some interesting examples, very good inspiration for the home owner as well. It would be great to see Mary take on a quest, much like photographer Leslie Williamson, documenting different creatives and architects, I’m positive there’s plenty of people around who would be interested in a book like this. So why not head over towards her website now and have a gander at the photography, you’re sure to enjoy the different architectural and inspirational imagery.