Entry Title: "GUGGENHEIM BILBAO"
Name: Iñaki Hernández-Lasa , Ireland
Category and Expertise: Buildings, Non-Professional


Entry Description: Architectural photography might be considered by some an aseptic documentary process. However, architectural photography becomes art when the photographer engages and shares his particular interpretation of those buildings. Over many years, I have been privileged to photograph Frank Gehry's remarkable structure in Bilbao. I tend to concentrate on the Guggenheim's "genius loci", the very essence and nature of this building. I enjoy capturing its three-dimensional interplay and concentrating on the breadth and scale of this extraordinary structure. This outstanding building is best understood in its environment, by examining and engaging with its abstraction, its angles, its lines, its materials and its beautiful minimalism. I experiment and pursue that glint of light that brings life and energetically transforms its materials into contrasting elements. Personally, this approach provides a more challenging and visually appealing experience which I hope you enjoy.

About the Artist:

Inaki Hernandez-Lasa is a Spanish amateur photographer living in Ireland for the last 25 years. His passion for photography started at an early age when he used film cameras and slide. In May 2013, Inaki received a Fellowship of the Irish Photographic Federation (FIPF) for his work on architectural photography. This is the highest possible distinction awarded by the IPF and Iñaki is the only photographer to have received an FIPF in architectural photography. He has received many other certifications and accolades for his panels which demonstrate not only his technical ability but also cohesion and mastery in challenging compositions, use of light, postprocessing and printing techniques. Over the last few years, Inaki has presented his work at numerous photographic societies and has acted as a judge for many of them. In 2013 Inaki was invited to participate as a judge in an international architectural competition with some of the most acclaimed and awarded fine art architectural photographers in the world such as Julia Anna Gosporadou, Joel Tjintjelaar and Akira Takaue amongst others. Inaki has photographed some of the most renowned buildings in the world such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, the Walt Disney Concert Hall in L.A., Berlin's Reichstag, the Milwaukee Art Museum, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Chicago, La Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias in Valencia, Dublin Airport's New Terminal 2 or the Grand Canal Theatre in Dublin to name but a few.