Friday, 14 August 2009

Bath (13-14th August, 2009)

Robert Adam - Pultney Bridge (1769-1773)

My friend Louise and I took a trip to Bath in order to combine my love for architecture and hers for Jane Austen. Architecture, like all forms of art, loses the most basic components when viewed only in reproduction, and I could stand it no longer! Images, when viewed after an experience, can help to recall the physical presence of a building by capturing them at a particular moment, but they cannot provide that experience alone. One of the key things I have taken away from this trip is that the lines between architecture and photography are the most blurry in the definition of art. There are issues of art v. record and art v. appropriation which can skew the perspective with which a spectator views art - this is an issue I am still considering.

Despite our reasons for going, I think that Louise and I discovered two sides of a coin that are vital in considering architecture as an art. My personal interest in architecture is the way it is absorbed into our daily lives without so much as a second thought, it is truly the most useful of the arts. I become very aware of how people interact with it and are affected by its presence. Louise's thoughts of the architecture were dictated similarly, though through works of fiction. She identified certain buildings, streets and vistas with sections of text, individual characters and particular aspects of their nature, as well as with Austen herself. Even in fiction, architecture becomes absorbed into life.


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