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Schemas project series
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SCHEMAS - capturing the human experience in place

“You don't make a photograph just with a camera.

You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen,

the books you have read, the music you have heard,

the people you have loved.” - Ansel Adams


In May of 2019, 3 staff and 10 students trekked 2600 km of Greece by foot, bus, ferry and plane to study architecture and landscapes from the ancient classical sites to contemporary works, using photography to document, represent and express. Developed and conducted by professor of architecture Mark DeKay, editor and coach Susanne Bennett, and architect and photographer Pygmalion Karatzas, we shot only in RAW format and fully manual mode, post-processing in Lightroom and Photoshop. The course takes as a theme the human experience of buildings and landscape, particularly, the experience of nature and natural forces—in urban and village settings. Building on the instructors’ collaboration and scholarship of architectural photography, students engaged its expressive, editorial and documentary types, in the technology of digital production and the presentation of work. Each photographer developed a personal creative intention to guide the artistic vision. It was a time of breakthroughs, transformations and communions with people and place.

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