Using black and white images to draw out the power of London’s architecture, self-taught photographer Nicolas Lescot gives a unique glimpse into the capital city. Letting himself get lost in London, his sharply contrasted images challenge viewers to perceive London architecture in a new way.
Lescot doesn’t always shoot in black and white, but with this series, it was a purposeful choice. “This time I wanted to play with shapes, lines, architecture styles and their contrast,” the photographer shares with us via email. “I did not want the colors’ power to interfere with the understanding of my intention. Also, I found this album more powerful and graphical in black and white.”
As an additional challenge, the entire series was shot using just one lens. Lescot ventured out with his Nikon D600 and a 50mm 1.8 lens as an exercise in creating compositions within a constraint. Always seeking to improve his work, he’s continuing the project with a set of photos based in Brussels. It’s his hope that the photographs spark an engagement with the public, as each viewer puts their own interpretation onto the image.
Lescot hopes his black and white photos of London architecture will push people to view the shapes and forms of the buildings in a new manner.
My Modern Met granted permission to use photos by Nicolas Lescot.
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