Photographer Explores Bizarre Architecture of Brutalist Churches

Florian Meuller is a Germany-based photographer who distinguishes among others with an outstanding portfolio of abstract photos. The abstract, and a minimalist approach to composition in his photos is simply gorgeous. That caught my eyes from the first glimpse.

Much to my surprise, there’s a beautiful meaning behind the photographer’s desire to create abstract art. Florian Mueller want people to stop rushing and linger on in watching the art. “A picture hast o tell a story or a picture hast to build a story in the beholders mind. In a world, that is powered by „faster, higher, further“, I see a progress in pausing. To create pictures and visual spaces which invite the observer to dwell, to linger, almost to contemplate, are my objectives.”, Florian Mueller explains.

In his one of the latest series of photos named Inside Concrete Cross, the photographer explores the bizarre architecture of churches that were build during one of the most controversial movements in architecture called Brutalism. 

Brutalist architecture flourished after the Second World War, from the 1950s to the mid-1970s. In short, the buildings are typically massive in character, fortress-like, with the predominance of an exposed concrete construction.

Wikipedia explains the main characteristics of brutalist buildings as, “repeated modular elements forming masses representing specific functional zones, distinctly articulated and grouped together into a unified whole. Concrete is used for its raw and unpretentious honesty, contrasting dramatically with the highly refined and ornamented buildings constructed in the elite Beaux-Arts style.”

Florian Meuller, however, has found brutalism the uncharted world of architecture to explore in his photography. “Despite this raw material the inside of the churches eradiate a special calmness and dignity combined with the modesty of the surface. And the architecture with it’s niches, corners, columns and it’s almost impossible angles is an adventure to explore.”, Florian explains.

Below are the photos from the series Inside Concrete Cross.