Introduction to the Aesthetics of Eastern-European Architecture
All the images presented here are the result of my search in understanding the foundation of this phenomenon. These are buildings that represent in one way or another, the Eastern European environment and especially the Romanian environment.
The communism and Russia influences made the rising of these structure full of lines and perfect angles. The foundation of these buildings are: simplicity, opacity and structure. Taking into consideration the aspect and the simplicity of exterior spaces, these images present an aspect that could be easily interpreted as minimalist.
Leaving behind the political and social aspects of the buildings, the blocks, I can say that I have been always fascinated by how the same structure can take the same shape in different places. From city to city, from west to east, I started this project without a clear intention but after a while I started to realise that everything was growing into something. Wherever I went I kept finding these simple, organized shapes. I use to take pictures of what I found strange about these structures.
First of all I noticed that they changed their appearance depending on the weather. Being so grandiose they produce a specific atmosphere, this is why I decided to photograph them in different light conditions. After a while I realised that the pictures were constantly repeating themselves so I decided to quit the project. Changing my location to London I noticed how all the environment and atmosphere are constantly changing around me. I opened the folder containing these images and I decided to put them here.
Keeping in mind that there are no degrees of comparison between the structures in London and the ones from Romania I will let you make the connections.
All images © Dan Oara 2009 - 2014