This past summer I had to opportunity to work with Walker Parking Consultants in documenting two of their new parking garages in the greater DC area. Although parking garages may not seem overly exciting, they actually can be a great study of architecture stripped down to its bare essentials.
Not sure what I mean, well when you look at almost any building it is covered with ornate finishes, intricate facades, filled with furniture and fixtures that often conceal the structure. The base geometry of the building can be lost in all the details. Parking garage though, often have few, if any, finishes, and those that are present never really cover the structure. The geometry of the building is exposed and easy to view, and can be a great study in architectural photography.
In my opinion, great architectural photography is about geometry, and showcasing the project by highlighting that geometry in your composition. With an overly ornate project, a mediocre composition can be forgiven, or distracted from, by all of the elements in the images. With a parking garage, there is no forgiveness; your compositions too are stripped down to only the essentials.
Here are some of my stripped down favorites from Louden County and Bethesda.