HO: Where was the photo taken?

MZG: The photo was taken at the Campus of the University of Alcalá, in Alcalá de Henares, nearby Madrid, in Spain.

HO: When was the photo taken?

MZG: The photo was taken on May 24th 2012, around 21h30… but don’t remember the second!

HO: What were the conditions at the site?

MZG: It was a beautiful spring day, in that moment with a comfortable temperature (around 25º C), soft light, I was in a calm and quiet area, with a smell of fresh green grass and trees of the surrounding vegetation.

HO: Are there any technical aspects about the photograph that you would like to point out?

MZG: I used a wide tilt and shift lenses.

HO: How did you get into the site?

MZG: I got into the site by commission of the architect (Héctor Fernández Elorza).

HO: Had you been on that site before?

MZG: It was my third day at the site. I had been taking pictures, footage and time lapses for a video I did too, so I knew very well the way the light changed the building throughout the day.

HO: Why did you select this image and what do you find most interesting about it?

MZG: I really like the way the idea of the building is expressed and the light in the picture, softening the sharp shape and roughness of the concrete. 

HO: Is there a peculiar event about this photograph that you would like to share?

MZG: I took a similar version in the morning: I liked the framing, but I was not so proud of the light. I realized it had to be shot in the afternoon.

HO: Is there anything that you were trying to communicate through this photograph?

MZG: I was trying to make understandable the structural idea of the building: a cantilevered structure, with a big “brise-soleil” shadowing the main interior space. People scale the shot, and the upper foliage of the trees makes the viewer realize that the building is surrounded by vegetation.


Montse Zamorano Gañán is a Spanish photographer based in New York City.

The image and interview selected are part of the editorial project "1 Photo(grapher)"