Cameron R. Neilson is a New York based photographer, focussed of architectural photography. He had an interest in photography from an early age, after watching he dad develop and make prints in his very own colour darkroom, by the age of 10, Neilson was processing and printing his own work. In his very early freelance career he took an interest in fashion, portrait and product photography, and worked on the commercial side of the art. But after college, Neilson’s interest turned to architecture and after moving to Jackson Hole he gained global recognition for his architectural photography. Along with this global recognition, he started to work for huge clients such as Forbes, Amazon, Swarovski and Hublot. In 2008 he moved his studio to New York, where he now works, with his focus on architectural and commercial photography. He also created a fine art architectural series called ‘Straight Up’.
“Kids do it all the time—lying on the grass, looking to the sky and visualizing shapes in the clouds. As adults, we don’t often have this luxury of time, and if we do, it’s rarely spent on our backs in grassy fields. Our time is in urban environments with a type of tunnel vision traveling from point A to point B, driving, taking a metro, walking quickly, staring straight ahead avoiding others, or looking down at our smartphones, papers or pavement. This collection, titled Straight Up plays homage to the kid lying in the grass except in this case looking straight up in city environments.” – Cameron R. Neilson.
“Every city in the world has a unique skyline defined by its architecture and landscape. Photographing these cities with the camera leveled and pointed straight up, provides a way to compare them. The resulting images show open spaces between buildings, lamp posts, street signs, trees, etc., and create unique shapes. These shapes repeat, subtly change, and create a cadence of visual forms, familiar yet distinct for each city. Grouping these images together forms a type of language—a spatial fingerprint—that reflect the history, culture, economics, and needs of the city reflected in its built environment. Each city is photographed in the same manner and as the viewpoints are exactly the same, images within and between cities are easily compared. It’s a microcosm of the familiar skyline, accessible to anyone who stops, looks up, and takes note.” – Cameron R. Neilson.
In this series Neilson has not only focussed on the shapes and lines tat the building themselves create, but the shapes that are formed within the negative space between them. The leading lines of the structures in the images draw your eyes to the negative space giving a new perspective on the way these buildings affect our skylines. The low angle in which the photographs have been taken exaggerate the buildings making them grand and intimidating to the viewer. I think that the concept of perspective in these images is very important, and it is the perspective in which these have been taken and the perspective in which the viewing sees the images that give them meaning. The way in which a photograph is taken can change the emotions that it provokes within an audience, and this is something that I will consider in my won work. The images in this series can be viewed in two ways, they can be thought provoking to the viewer and make them imagine the way that lived as children, without a care in the world, looking up into the infinite space and being free. Or these images can make the viewing evaluate the way that live now as an adult, absorbed in their surroundings, enclosed by these buildings in their everyday life, forgetting what is beyond them. Perspective is a key feature to this series by Cameron R. Neilson.