If you’re on Instagram, you’re familiar with the artfully arranged tableaus of an “influencer’s” breakfast table, or the not-candid candid portraits of a suspiciously beautiful person frolicking in paradise, or the abstract visions of a section of a building that have come to dominate popular imagery.
We’re particularly interested in the latter, because taking photographs of architecture is not as simple as going point-and-click, and is, in fact, an art. Taking it a step further, isolating a sunlit corner of a building, or the particular way a wall curves, or surprising geometries creates new ways of looking and appreciating the built environment.
A week and 45,000 submissions later, 20 winners were selected. Here are the top three photos, handpicked by German photographer Matthias Heiderich, including a shot of Zaha Hadid’s MAXXI museum in Italy. Peep the rest over on EyeEm’s blog.