Maxime Delvaux’s Realistic Photos Of Student Models Offer An Alternative To 3D Renders

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Architectural photographer Maxime Delvaux challenged students at Brussels University to generate scale models that would seem realistic when photographed .

Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Chu Chen, Maria Garcia Fernandez and Monika Rovira

Delvaux was invited by Thierry Decuypere and Paul Mouchet of Belgian architecture studio V+, who teach at the university’s Faculté d’Architecture La Cambre Horta, to conduct a workshop about photography and scale models.


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Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Maxime Dumoulin

The professors asked their students to respond to a competition short for a series of apartment buildings, but to concentrate on a particular detail and viewpoint that could be represented in a single image of a 1:20 scale model.

Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Géraldine Luthi

“The idea was to make models for the goal of photography,” Delvaux told Dezeen, “to use models to produce presentation pictures that can replace 3D renders or sketches.”

Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Pierre Gréaume

The students have been encouraged to think about suitable supplies that would support to accomplish a realistic sense of scale within the model interiors. For instance, some students made miniature versions of bricks from plaster, while others opted for printed textures applied to the interior surfaces to represent tiles or concrete.

Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Germain Brunet

“We tried to make one thing that is in between reality and a model,” Delvaux explained. “The models are built for the purpose of the image so it’s like a theatre set where you see the image just from 1 point of view.”

Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Eleonor Ferragu

The illusion of reality is enhanced by Delvaux’s studio lighting, which emulates organic light. The students were also asked to pick photographs, renders or sketches to use as background photos, which were added by Delvaux for the duration of the post-production process.

Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Clementine Francois and Tom Pariente

Other particulars which includes furnishings and miniature plants were also added to give the interiors the feeling of getting genuinely occupied spaces.

Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Deyana Stareva

The photographs formed the main element of the students’ competitors entry, alongside plans and elevations of the spaces.

Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Julie Pereira Acuna and Sylvain Thomas

One particular of the project’s aims was to create a catalogue of photos that can be utilized as a reference to illustrate the most successful materials for making this sort of realistic scale photography.

Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Rafael Gomis

Delvaux has developed equivalent photos for established architectural offices and believes there are both pros and cons to this strategy.

Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Jonathan Van Saet

“I consider the main advantage is that viewers perceive the images as a bit a lot more realistic and can project themselves into that space,” the photographer recommended.

Architecture photography workshop by Maxime Delvaux Antoine Erimian

“Even so, occasionally it’s a difficulty for clientele since it’s too true. There isn’t a lot of space left for imagination, which is more possible with renders.”

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