During a city heatwave it’s easy to keep your shades on and your eyes down. But in Berlin, under a dazzling blue sky, Instagram enthusiast Ramin Nasibov has his sights set upwards. His account is the go-to place online to find a vision of the city in glorious technicolour, seeking out colourful pockets of architecture in the most surprising places.
Nasibov is a graphic designer by trade, and his love of a clean line is as obvious in his photography as his passion for colour. “The three key properties for me are minimalism, symmetry and vibrant colours,” he told The Guardian recently. “Capturing these elements allows people to see old buildings from a new perspective.” His most successful photographs are certainly rich in these three elements, but there are other qualities too which mark them out from many of the graphic building photography doing the rounds on Instagram. One is his way with an angle – many of his most striking shots frame a building or facade in a dramatically different way, with images of the sky framed by buildings being especially striking. Many of his shots feature planes cutting through a square or hexagon of pure blue, framed by crisply colourful skyscrapers.
Another is the wit and light touch he displays. Nasibov’s city, although defined by pure geometry, is not devoid of people. Teddy bears, cats and friends often appear in the shots, emphasising a feeling of fun as well as precision. City iconography, from traffic lights to surveillance cameras also feature, appearing both at odds with the sunny images and subverted by them. A cat peers through a porthole at a CCTV camera, a flock of geese play havoc with your sense of scale as they pass through a man-made landscape.
We urge you to check out Nasibov’s Instagram feed as a daily pick-me-up to the drabness of modern life – we had trouble picking which of the images to share here! And to find out more about Nasibov’s graphic design and art direction work visit his website here.