Ian Robert Knight Photography

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Ian Robert Knight
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This is a sampling of images from the portfolios of Ian Robert Knight Photography. They’re grouped into categories that make it easy to understand. Browse, ask questions, comment, or connect with me, if these images move you.


We are all the same, yet all so different. Meeting people from different cultures helps us to understand the world better. Photographing them is my way to preserve the memories of our connection.


When I travel around the globe, one of the first questions people ask me is “Where are you from?”. I’ve had the fortune to visit a lot of places in the world, and these images provide a small glimpse of what the world looks like to me.


Patterns, shapes, colours, chaos and designs happen all around us. Some are man-made, and some occur naturally. But they all fascinate me, and compel me to photograph them.


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This image from Europe was taken in Istanbul, Turkey.  OK, I know there's some discussion about wether or not Istanbul is in Asia or Europe. But since most of the areas favoured by tourists (and photographers) are on the European side, I am going to include it with my Europe photos. 🙂  This is a view of the Basilica Cistern in Istanbul, located within walking distance of the beautiful Hagia Sofia mosque/museum. This is actually just one of several hundred cisterns underneath Istanbul.  Built in the 6th century, with 336 marble columns, it would have normally been filled to the brim with water. But it is kept low, so people can view the interior. (Although it's currently closed to the public temporarily, at least) © Ian Robert Knight
This image from Europe was taken in Valencia, Spain.  This structure is the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía, in the City of Arts and Sciences complex, in Valencia. Designed by local architect Santiago Calatrava, it was opened in 2005, incorporating the latest technology available. This allowed the theatre to participate in international circuits, hosting major operas and musicals in its 4 different auditoriums. © Ian Robert Knight
This image from Europe was taken in Valencia, Spain.  The nearest building in this image is called the Hemisfèric, which was designed by Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava to look like the human eye (if this was taken straight on, you'd see that concept more clearly)  The Hemisfèric contains three large theatres, including an IMAX, a Dolby 3D, and a Panasonic Fulldome digital projection system. It was the first building completed, in 1998. © Ian Robert Knight
This image from Europe was taken in Valencia, Spain.  Another view of the Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe, at the City of Arts and Sciences complex. You can get a better sense of the size of the structure here - it's 220m long, 80m wide and 55m tall. With 4000 panes of glass, and 58,000 sqm of concrete, it's one of the largest buildings of its kind in Spain.  I have a b/w version of this image too, and it's hard to choose which version I prefer. I just like the intense contrast of the white and blue in this image, I think.
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This image from Europe was taken in Valencia, Spain.  (It's a whole week of images from here, btw) This building, designed by Santiago Calatrava, is part of the City of Arts and Sciences complex. More exactly, it's the Museo de las Ciencias Príncipe Felipe, which is an interactive science museum named for King Felipe VI of Spain (who was a prince at the time)  The building is designed to resemble the skeleton of a whale. It's absolutely gorgeous. © Ian Robert Knight
This image from Europe was taken in Valencia, Spain.  These buildings are part of the fabulous City of Arts and Sciences, in Valencia, designed by 'Starchitects' Santiago Calatrava (he's the same architect that designed the Oculus in Manhattan) and Felix Candela.  If you enjoy photographing buildings, you'd truly love spending time in Valencia. The structures look amazing day or night, all year round. The complex began construction in 1996, and the last building was opened in 2009. Buildings include a planetarium, an oceanarium, an interactive museum, and an opera house. It's a true highlight for architectural photographers. © Ian Robert Knight
This image from Europe was taken in Palamós, Spain.  Palamós is a coastal town in Catalonia's Costa Brava area. It's a charming city with excellent beaches and restaurants, and a popular destination for water sports and fishing.  This funky house sits on a hilltop overlooking Parc del Convent del Agustins, and the marina below it. Just walking the neighbourhoods of Palamós is a joy, with many wonderful sites like this one, waiting to be discovered. © Ian Robert Knight
This image of Europe was taken in Cádiz, Spain.  High above the Plaza de la Catedral in central Cádiz, you can get great sweeping panoramic views of the port city from inside one to the Catedral de Cádiz towers. The Levante tower is open to the public, and if you don't mind the climb, the views really make up for it. © Ian Robert Knight
This image from Europe was taken in Cádiz, Spain.  In the crypt of the Catedral de Cádiz, some of the city's most illustrious (former) residents are entombed (poets, composers and the likes). As crypts go, this one was the brightest and most open and...er...welcoming of all that I've seen. And I *always* go into the crypts of churches when I can. © Ian Robert Knight