Following the first post about architecture photography on basic visual elements using Julius Shulman and Ezra Stoller as examples, understanding the role and influence of perspective comes next.
Perspective and composition are deeply interconnected and summarize how each photographer understands and transmits architecture.
There is a constant in Shulman pictures that consists on two vanishing points: one inside the frame and the other outside. It happens as a result of slightly rotating the axis of the camera, “disarranging” the parallels. The vanishing point that relies inside the frame gives depth to the picture, while the other one gives dynamism.
On the other hand, the constant in Stoller pictures is using one point perspective, this means, one single vanishing point. This creates a classic composition, providing balance and stability to the picture. When using oblique views, Stoller pictures convert into two vanishing point perspectives. In this case, the vanishing points are equidistant from the center of the picture, so even if they are oblique views, the composition stays balanced.