Scaffolding in Beautiful Photographs

Though it’s often there to bring positive improvement to
buildings and structures, scaffolding is frequently viewed as a
negative thing, an eyesore and a hassle to the general
public.

Colin Winterbottom has proved otherwise. The photographer,
who’s based in Washington DC in the United States, uses existing
scaffolding in the most creative of ways, by documenting
restorations of famous buildings through beautiful
photographs.

An Unusual
Subject

The photographer hails from Maryland and studied
economics and social policy at university. However, he found
himself increasingly intrigued by buildings shrouded in
scaffolding, especially famous landmarks that he was lucky enough
to pass by every day.

With permission, he explored the
scaffolding and used it to his advantage, finding mysterious beauty
and gaining access to often unappreciated parts of famous
buildings, such as ornamental stonework or previously unseen
angles. The resulting photographs are a mixture of documentation
and creativity.

After his work was successfully
presented in galleries, Winterbottom was commissioned by firms to
capture the restorations of iconic buildings such as the Capitol
Building and the National Archives.

Working at
Height

Following the earthquake in the area in
2011, two of the area’s most visited buildings, the Washington
Monument and the National Cathedral, suffered significant damage
and required repair and restoration work. Winterbottom was poised
to capture the ongoing work and his photographs were shown in the
National Building Museum.

For the full story, including
Winterbottom’s comments about his experiences photographing using
scaffolding, visit the Washington Post.