‘Aperspectival’ series takes a more intimate look at urban landscapes, influenced by the metropolitan condition ‘terrain vague’ as defined by Ignasi de Sola-Morales - the anonymous reality of spaces on the fringes of organised urban planning. In this selection urban scenes from Miami are presented in a way that highlights the formalistic aspects while the blurring of time is intended to give a timeless feel. The series fuses the boundaries between topographic/representation and expressionistic/pictorial iconography in its exploration of the integral perspective.
“The photographs themselves take a range of subjects, both city and nature, buildings and contexts, interiors and exteriors, wholes and parts, full of people and empty of habitation, frozen structures and dynamic skies—cityscapes, urban waterscapes and wild landscapes. The wide-angle Karatzas lens ranges widely. If integral consciousness is “aperspectival” (meaning beyond individual perspectives), as Jean Gebser put it, then something of this lens is available to viewers of this work. Although filled with page-turning anticipation about what comes next, this is not work to be glanced over as a coffee-table fashion book. I encourage you to take a long-exposure view of each image. Let the Integral Lens take you somewhere.” - Prof. Mark DeKay, Author ‘Integral Sustainable Design’
Images are part of a larger project: ‘Integral Lens - multi perspectival approaches to the study and representation of the built environment’. A visual journey of contemporary architecture and cityscapes from United States. The project was awarded by Fulbright Foundation and sponsored by the College of Architecture and Design in Knoxville Tennessee. Selected images have received distinctions in IPA 2016, FAPA 2017, PX3 2016 & 2017, Spider Awards 2016, Dodho Magazine 2017.
The first book collection from this project its available through blurb.com:
AUTHOR: Pygmalion Karatzas GREECE
Pygmalion Karatzas studied Architecture at the Technical University of Budapest, Urban Design at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, and practiced architecture for 12 years. Since 2013 he is focusing systematically on architectural and fine art photography, producing a portfolio of 250 architectural, commercial and artistic projects from Europe, USA and Middle East.
His images are regularly featured in Greek and international media, have received 73 distinctions from leading photographic competitions and the prestigious Fulbright Artist Scholarship award 2015-2016, and are part of private and public collections. Since 2014 he is the photo editor for the Danish Architecture Center and a contributing photographer to Arcaid Images London, iStock Getty Images, and Adobe Stock. Divisare Atlas of Architecture ranks him among the top 100 architectural photographers worldwide. He has participated in exhibitions and fundraising in Greece, Italy, France, UK and USA, and produced 7 collections, with the ‘Integral Lens’ book receiving 3rd place at the PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris and shortlisted at the Trieste Photo Days Book Award. 'Nortigo - architectural abstractions' received 2nd place at the Moscow International Foto Awards.
In affiliation with the University of Tennessee Knoxville and prof. Mark DeKay, their paper on a multi-perspectival approach to architectural photography was presented at the 3rd Integral European Conference; at the 5th Trieste Photo Days Festival and in 2019 became part of an academic mini-term / traveling workshop curriculum. Through photojournalistic reportages, collaborations with architectural firms, businesses and organisations, as well as self-initiated projects, he exhibits his passion and dedication to the study, representation and dissemination of the built environment and its broader role as a cultural asset.