Barcelona-based photographer Clemente Vergara gives architectural designs and places a poetic quality in stunning images.
Barcelona-based architecture and travel photographer Clemente Vergara grew up immersed in the world of art, but only took up photography later in life. When he picked up his first analog camera – one of his father’s – the self-taught photographer had already formed his eye to see the architectural elements that capture the essence of a design. Inspired by clean geometries, color and the play of light and shadow, he started taking photos of buildings and spaces he found throughout his travels. Wandering through places as different as the center of Milan, the sunny Los Angeles, or Moroccan villages, Clemente Vergara skillfully uncovers the poetry and artistic beauty of architectural designs, whether they’re mid-century modern and brutalist buildings, or examples of vernacular architecture.
The photographer’s images feature precisely layered shapes in minimalist compositions that capture the architecture’s character. His photos often uncover new dimensions of a design. Creative angles and an imaginative overlapping of contrasting elements transform even the most ubiquitous buildings into works of art. Minimalist and uncluttered, the photographs encourage viewers to focus not only on the beauty of small details, but also on the way natural light interacts with built elements.
Clemente Vergara’s personal work comprises both architecture and travel series. In the former category, you can find photographs that capture the iconic architectural works of Le Corbusier; the exterior and interiors of the Bauhaus design school in Dessau; or the incredibly varied architecture of Los Angeles. As for the many travel series, they instantly transport you to places as different as the canals of Venice, coffee shops in Turkey, and villages in India. Apart from his personal work, Clemente Vergara collaborates with architecture and interior design firms and completes commissioned work for brands, organizations, and magazines. Photography by Clemente Vergara.