Lorenzo Zandri · On the riverside

Jul 05, 2019

Lorenzo is an Italian architect and photographer currently based in London who explores with his camera the transformations in the contemporary urban landscape and its impact on the natural environment. In his series "On the riverside", Lorenzo depicts the ever changing landscape of the banks of the river Thames. Using clear lines and a minimalist approach, Lorenzo reveals the interesting interaction between natural and constructed environments in an iconic location, showing us as well the irreversible impact that we have made on the planet.

am - First of all thank you very much for your contribution to our project. Can you please introduce yourself for us?

LZ - Hey! I’m Lorenzo, an architecture photographer and artist.

I studied Architecture in Rome – where I was born - and now I’m dedicated to photography and visual arts, documenting the built environment. I mostly use photography as a tool to represent and depict the urban transformations that contemporary landscape is experiencing. I’m currently based in London, where I work as a freelancer on commission for architects, artists and magazines.


am - How did you start in photography?

LZ - I started when I was child because my father is a self-taught photographer. Even if I don’t consider him my mentor, I do have to thank him for letting me experience and use this tool as freely as possible. Then, during my studies on Architecture and Urbanism, I started to use photography as a research tool, and got interested in the art approach and in the process as well. Generally speaking, I consider photography a discipline to study and explore with great consciousness, and also a tool that allows me to “think through images”.


am - What is “On the riverside” about?

LZ - 'On the riverside' is an ongoing visual research aiming at investigating the different forms of relations between natural and man-made elements along the River Thames. Mostly focused on the shifting landscape from inner to outer London, this photographic series elects the “long, winding, domesticated snake” – as quoted by the British author and photographer Eric De Maré - as a symbolic point of view to depict the transformation of the built environment, playing its role as natural threshold and border but also a longitudinal connection between multiple scenarios. The series is currently on display at Stour Space in London for London Festival of Architecture 2019.

am - What were you most interested in capturing with these images?

LZ -  My first interest was obviously to photograph the urban territories, infrastructures and natural scenarios across the Thames, but I was also fascinated to narrate the borderline between the fast urban changes that London is experiencing and the permanence of rural sceneries and local activities connected to the riverside life.


am - Who are your favourite photographers / artists?

LZ - Andreas Gursky, Nadav Kander, JR.


am - What’s your favourite movie?

LZ - I can’t find a favourite one, but I have to mention a few... “Paris Texas”, “Deserto Rosso” and “Call me by your name”.


am - What is your favourite photo book?

LZ - My photobook references are “Bord de Mer” and “Kodachrome”, but I recently got stuck on "Good Morning America. Vol. I" by Mark Power, and I loved it!


am - Thank you very much for your time and your contribution to analog magazine.

LZ - Thanks a lot! I really appreciate :)

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