Andrew O'Dell was born in July of 1990 in Northampton, Northamptonshire. After being accepted onto the BA in Photography, Andrew moved to London to study at Middlesex University during his time on the course Andrew has developed a real passion for architectural photography and abstract photography.
The final year project is based around The Barbican Estate and photographed on medium format film.
Text on the Barbican Project follows below:
Brutalist Architecture is a term derived from the French "béton brut" or “raw concrete” describing a type of architecture prevalent from the 1950’s - 70’s. Towering 42 stories above the streets of central London, the Barbican Estate, completed in 1976, exemplifies this style of architecture and has become one of London’s most iconic landmarks.
I have always had a fascination with brutalist architecture and the Barbican in particular. Wandering around such a huge residential estate in the heart of London has an eerie, surreal feeling. It represents a post-war dream of a utopian society, with its own shops and amenities, protected from the hustle and bustle of the city by walls of concrete and elevated walkways.
This project aims to break the stereotypical approach to architectural photography by moving away from wide-angle lenses and straight perspectives. By deliberately abstracting and obscuring the concrete reality of the place the work makes the viewer question if what they are seeing is real or not, and echoes the emotive effect of the lived architectural experience.