The surfaces and finishes are what give buildings their own personality and uniqueness. Glass, brick, steel, and concrete; all vastly different materials that can be molded and shaped into almost any form imaginable. For this series of work, the viewer is shown a number of different buildings and is introduced to some of the details and materials that make them stand out: the Perimeter Institute, a well-known Waterloo landmark, with it’s distinctive boxy design, the futuristic addition to Toronto’s Royal Ontario Museum, the abundance of steel in Pittsburgh’s U.S. Steel Tower, and the Quantum Nano Centre, another extraordinary building found on the campus of the University of Waterloo. Strong contrasting lines, sharp angles, and overall unconventional design give these structures a captivating appearance.
Joe Martz is a native of Kitchener, Ontario and an avid architectural and urban photographer. He studied graphic design at Conestoga College for three years and has been working in the field since he graduated in June 2002. Photography was introduced to him during his time in college but it wasn’t until after he graduated that he took it up as a serious hobby and began teaching himself how to take pictures. Photography is a major aspect of both his current and previous lines of work and he has been involved in numerous art shows and exhibitions in recent years. The main inspiration behind his work is David Bradford, a photographer from New York City. He has tried to emulate David’s style but has also developed his own unique approach to taking pictures. He enjoys using photography for both showcasing to the artistic community and as a creative outlet.
To Contact Joe Martz:
Phone Number: 519-577-1939