Michael Lipkin is an architect, photographer, video artist, and sculptor. He received his undergraduate degree in sculpture from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master of Architecture degree from Yale. The artist is based in Aspen.
I have spent my life looking at, thinking about, studying, and pursuing architecture and the making and meaning of place. For the past 5 years I have been taking photographs of sublime spaces. While many are sacred spaces, created to celebrate a particular religion, it is not the religion that attracts me. I am drawn to the extraordinary architecture empowered by people’s loftiest aspirations. I am making images that draw you inward and towards the future, the possible, where the known slips into the unknown, and we are astonished.
These photographs re-create the visceral, subjective experience of being within a great space, empowered by architecture and history. Form and mass are deconstructed into light, time and movement in pursuit of structure and purpose, of genius loci.
Architecture exists to accommodate and elevate the human experience.
I am interested in the resonance of the lives lived within the walls of great buildings and public spaces. I am interested in the aspirations that have been realized in the construction and use of these buildings.
The images are active, and my process is active as well. I am constantly adjusting shutter speed, aperture, focus, and focal length. I am seldom standing still. I move through the space, experiencing the space. The work is minimally cropped with no post-production manipulation of images.