Appreciating Architecture with @yukomouton
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“I can’t quite describe my fascination with architecture in words, but I think I am intrigued by the idea of creating space,” says Tokyo Instagrammer Yuko Kawauchi (@yukomouton). While architectural photography is mainly a personal interest for Yuko, it also becomes a source of inspiration for her work as a fashion designer. “Geometric shapes found in buildings,” she explains, “do shine through in my pattern sketches and cuttings.”
Yuko’s initial appreciation for architecture developed after she went to an old building to take photos for Instagram. “I had thought that architecture and fashion were two completely different fields until then, but they actually do share certain terminologies and that got me further interested.”
Now, Yuko’s Instagram photos have become a collection of uniquely shaped structures found all over Tokyo—as well as from other cities around the world—including museums, churches, libraries and apartment buildings. “I don’t consider my photos to be a work of art,” she says. “I share these photos hoping to inform people about these locations and spark their curiosity about visiting them.”
Gothic and renaissance architecture / churches in black and white
Matthias Church is a Roman Catholic church located in Budapest, Hungary. The current building was constructed in the florid late Gothic style in the second half of the 14th century and was extensively restored in the late 19th century. It was the second largest church of medieval Buda and the seventh largest church of medieval Hungarian Kingdom. // edit by me
Imam Mosque, formerly known as Shah Mosque is a mosque in Isfahan, Iran standing in south side of Naghsh-i Jahan Square.
The interior decor of the Ettal Abbey, located in in Bavaria, Germany
The Illumination of the Cross in Saint Peter’s Basilica on Good Friday, by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (etching) and Louis Jean Desprez (watercolor), at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1787
Ely Cathedral Choir were rehearsing for their Advent service when we visited today. Two choristers sang from galleries in the Octagon and by the clock at the far end of the nave. Pretty sublime.
Hearst Castle by Julia Morgan
The indoor mosaic-tiled pool is inspired by Roman baths.
Saint John of the Cross Church (formerly known as Saint Andrew Church), Valencia, Spain (1601-1615)
Baroque decoration by Hipólito Rovira and Luis Domingo, 1750-1765.
some photos I took of Dejima in Nagasaki. It’s a mix of Dutch and Japanese interior styles and my reference for the Hand Merchant’s living quarters.