East Meets West: Architecture in Istanbul

In summer 2012, 16 undergraduate students spent nearly two weeks studying the most important cultural and architectural sites in Istanbul and the ancient city of Ephesus, Turkey.

Open to architecture and photography students, all students learned the value of working with both representational methods, through daily intensive practice of analytical drawing (what the camera cannot see) and photographic narrative (information that cannot be produced by hand).

SU art photography major Hannah Nast (pictured above) said at first she struggled with the demands of architectural drawing. But she was also fascinated by how the architecture students worked. “They saw things from a different point of view and with their imaginations (really with their brains, but to me it was like magic). They were able to accurately draw what the tops of buildings looked like, while they were inside them– just by looking at the walls.”

For Ebony Jones, a third-year architecture student, the exact opposite was true. “I definitely learned to see things from a photographer’s prospective. It was hard for me at first because in architecture we are always thinking about the relationship of a part of a building and its whole,” said Jones. “We use different types of drawings to represent different spacial qualities of a building. Photography is different, you have to capture the essence of the building in one picture.”

More pictures from East Meets West here.


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