Photographs of Wooden Beams Matching the Lines of Buildings


Swiss photographers Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs (yes, the ones who created a large format camera out of books) have a clever series of photos that uses wooden beams to play around with a few things photographers often think about: lines, angles, and perspective.

For each of the photos, the duo constructed a structure of wooden beams that blends in with buildings in the background from the perspective of the camera. The resulting scene looks as though the wood magically connects the lines of the buildings with the foreground.










You can find more of Onorato’s and Krebs’ work over on their website. Just this week the duo was awarded the 2013 Foam Paul Huf Award, a prize given annually to photographers under 35 that comes with €20,000.

(via Lens Culture)

Image credits: Photographs by Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs and used with permission

  • Jason Kim

    I actually really like this…!

  • gabe sturdevant

    Lead image is the best, I think. It would be cool to have the buildings removed or a side by side comparison.

  • Redstart

    What is this? I just…. No.

  • Brendan Wixted

    Some of these pieces are successful, others could have been left out of the series. But good attempt of being creative.

  • 3ric15

    Isn’t that the point…? To have the buildings…?

  • Denny

    Don’t get it at all……. Wouldn’t look at any of these picks twice…..

  • Azathoth

    Pretty stupid idea…

  • Taylor Ashley

    some of these are interesting. mostly it just looks cheaply faked.

  • Jake

    Clever, well-executed, original, and best of all, no pretentious artist statement about the frailty of structured space or transparency of man’s constructive desires or some such BS.

  • 54545

    what a waste of time…

  • noss

    very good, nice

  • peterOO

    what a waste of time

  • Swade

    The title of the article should shed some light on that. Didn’t think it was complicated to figure out.

  • tertius_decimus

    Very Escher-esque. Like it. It seems some people don’t get idea behind these executions.

  • gabe sturdevant

    I do not know what the point is honestly.

  • lidocaineus

    No one picked anything.

  • 3ric15

    I don’t even get why artist’s statements exist. IMO, they are often very cheesy and don’t really provide any useful information to the viewer.

  • 3ric15

    What if every photographer said that, and no new concepts or ideas were ever created.

  • Opie

    They exist because left-brained people are tired of being excluded from art’s right-brained world. Look at the progression of mainstream art over the last 50 years; it’s hard not to notice that their talons are sinking in quite well.

    But really, who could blame them? Law firms and accounting offices must get awfully dull.

  • Swade

    Sounds like landscape photography. Either way it won them $20,000 so whatever the point was, it was a good one.

  • Swade

    Er 20,000 euros.

  • DamianM

    It validates the work a little more.
    Some get it, some don’t.
    Thats the art world.

  • Stephan Haggerty

    It kinda’ seems like an interesting concept ..but the photography itself is so poorly done. It’s muddy combined with blown out highlights. They look like screen caps from a cheap security camera. I don’t see how this deserves a 20,000 euro prize. There had to have been better entries than than this. Their own other work is far more interesting and superior to these.

  • 3ric15

    Heck, just saying the settings of the camera for the picture is more useful than “my work creates a beauty that can only be seen through a….etc, etc, etc”.

  • DamianM

    And all that tells you is that he used a camera.
    but how is that useful?

    without a statement they are nothing more then anything on flickr that in the end just becomes a pretty picture instead of a well rounded Photographic idea.

  • Felipe Paredes Schulz

    are you 12?

  • Snappy

    . I am gonna do a series using the shadows as a method to show make believe studio lighting errors. ART

  • 3ric15

    For example, someone takes one of those awesome night sky pictures where the stars are rotating. I would have no idea how he did that except if he said “1 hour exposure time, ISO 1250, f/5.6″ or whatever, then I could try that on my own. What is NOT useful is when they say something like what I said before, “my work creates a beauty that can only be seen through a….etc, etc, etc”. I think we are talking about sort of different things. I mean like the super corny BS that some people write. However, if you write something like “I did this and thought of doing this idea with that…” obviously it would be more useful and would be a “well rounded Photographic idea”.

  • eric

    check out the early work of john pfahl !!! much more clever

  • Chase Douthit

    This is why I rarely view the comments on petapixel. Some people here are so negative and arrogant.