I am Daniela, an architecture and landscape photographer from Sydney, Australia.
I have been shooting professionally for the last 5 years, but I have studied art and composition all my life.
Having spent years working as an architect, I am no stranger to understanding space and perspective for both natural and constructed scenery. Now, having left that field behind, I have unexpectedly found myself looking at architecture from a different perspective, as a photographer.
When I decided to cross over from the world of ‘enthusiast photographer’ and become a professional, I was inspired by many artist photographers, both renowned names, and aspiring photographers like myself, who want to grow their craft and get a grasp of the creative process. The list would be too long to mention here. But one person, I can truly consider my mentor is Blake Rudis of f64 Academy. Blake is a great educator and has the ability to take complex topics like Photoshop and explain them simply. But the most important thing I learned from him, was that there is a method to the creative process. It doesn’t just materialize out of thin air, or just because of your talent. You need to think clearly when you organise your thoughts and express your emotions. There is no substitute for hard work if you want to improve as an artist and better your skills in the process of photo editing.
I have grown a great deal, both as an artist and as a photographer, and I hope my work will resonate with others and convey the uplifting feeling that nature and life generally are beautiful and that it’s worth preserving this beauty, which we sometimes take for granted! We all can use more beauty in our lives. We desire it all the time, but we are not always aware of it.
Did I mention that I totally love landscape photography? I think it was Van Gogh who said:
‘If you truly love nature, you will find beauty everywhere.’
I am always driven by the beauty of the subject and its connection to the natural world, and my intention is to share that bit of magic through each photo. My images are bright, colourful and dreamy, and inspire a sense of hope. I always want to tell a story of spectacular beauty, whether it is a sweeping landscape or a tiny detail.
More often than not, I come back to my first love, architecture. Architecture is about organizing space, bringing order into chaos, so to speak. Nature is amazing, but cityscapes and architecture are equally fascinating! A soaring skyline can be something beautiful. To me at least.
For some people, nature and architecture are not compatible, but not for me. In my mind, we have to find a way to make the two work together. Idealistic? Maybe. But not impossible. We all see urban developments eating up the natural world. It is a question that interests me a lot: Will architecture stop being the ‘problem’ that is destroying the environment, and can it become the solution? We’ll have to wait and see.
Thank you for taking the time to listen to my story.
In my blog, I want to tell the story behind my images. When we look at pictures, we often remember the moments we were living at that time; where we were and who we were with. To me, that’s the beauty of a photograph, what makes them become more than just an image: they also have stories to tell.
I aim to share my perspective on architecture and landscape photography along with some of these memories, and maybe a few tips on travel that will interest you too.
If my photos or my blogs inspire you in any way, please leave me a note in the contact section, so we can keep in touch, and so I know what kind of content you prefer.
I look forward to sharing more of my work with you!
For the majority of my work, I use a Nikon D810 camera and a 14-24mm f/2.8G lens.
For architecture and architectural details, I use a Tamron 24-70mm f 2.8 lens and a 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 to provide the added range and consistently high-quality output demanded by this challenging topic.
I am fascinated about creating time-lapses and the great opportunities they offer to add motion to your photography, and even for long exposure photography.
Finally, for travel and beautiful video quality, I like to use my mirrorless Sony 6500 with a Sony 16-70 mm lens f 4 and a beautiful Sigma 16mm prime f 1.4 with great results in low light.