Architectural photographer Maxime Delvaux challenged students at Brussels University to generate scale models that would seem realistic when photographed .
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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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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.
“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.”
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.
“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.”
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.
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Other particulars which includes furnishings and miniature plants were also added to give the interiors the feeling of getting genuinely occupied spaces.
The photographs formed the main element of the students’ competitors entry, alongside plans and elevations of the spaces.
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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.
Delvaux has developed equivalent photos for established architectural offices and believes there are both pros and cons to this strategy.
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“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.
“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.”