Urban photography is full of fantastic subjects for your camera: monuments, squares, markets, superb views, ancient or modern buildings, people. The urban environment offers a wide variety of subjects in a restricted area, more than any other existing photographic category. From a terrific night skyline to the day frenetic street activity, from close-up architectural details to busy markets, every city, big or small, provides plenty of exciting photographic opportunities.
While exploring Barcelona, architecture photography’s lovers will fall in love with the historical Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau. Located a just 10-minute walk from the iconic Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia basilica, this not to miss historical building complex was built between 1901 and 1930. It was considered the most important hospital in town for many years before becoming an UNESCO World Heritage Site and being converted into a cultural centre and various offices.
Worldwide famous Park Güell was Gaudi’s most ambitious project after the yet unfinished Sagrada Familia basilica church. At the begin of last century, Count Eusebi Güell purchased a tree-covered hillside of El Carmel and hired Gaudí to create a garden city of the type popular at the time in England. The ambitious project turned up to be a commercial flop and was then abandoned but Gaudí was able to leave his tremendous architectural genius in the project.
Photographing Sheikh Zayed Mosque is really a pleasure for your eyes. The lavish and bright white Sheikh Zayed Mosque is a perfect place for shooting photos if you visit the United Arab Emirates. Located in Abu Dhabi but easily reachable also from Dubai being just one hour and half drive away, this modern mosque is one of the biggest in the world.
Located just outside Munich and considered one of the tourist highlights of the Bavarian capital, the glorious baroque and rococo Nymphenburg Palace was one of my chosen destinations for shooting photos during a recent German trip. Particularly, I was interested in taking some photos of the magnificent Steinerner Saal, a great hall extending over two floors inside the palace and richly decorated with stucco and grandiose frescoes.
Having chosen the worst month for shooting photos for a professional photographer (August) with probably half of Europe’s tourists around me, I had to make sure to be there early in the morning right at the opening time of the palace and hope that very few tourists had the same idea.