Valleaceron Chapel

CompanyDavid Cabrera Photography
PhotographerDavid Cabrera
PrizeAdvertising / Architecture
Entry Description

The chapel at Valleaceron is part of a larger project undertaken by the Madrid based architecture team of Sol Madridejos Fernandez and Juan Carlos Sancho Osinaga. The architects’ wish to respond to the natural settings with their trademark planar forms resulted in a design that cuts planes, or seemingly folds them, into sharp triangular surfaces that are like sculptural projections on the horizon. It feels as if any surface could act as another, but their genius is in deciding how to use each in a subtle play of angles that tricks the eye into seeing single surfaces in many and vice versa. There is no artificial light and only a simple Cross and single image used as a focal point. The chapel is a centre for light and for the trapping of natural light as well as shadows and other dramatic elements of the open sky. The form seems to wrap itself around the streaming sun, acting as a light collection in a handkerchief fashion. Source: “New Sacred Architecture” by Phyllis Richardson

About Photographer

David Cabrera is a photographer from the Canary Islands based in London and trained in Barcelona. After two years in the Spanish Navy Marines, he started as a press photographer in a local newspaper and soon after moved on to sports photography for a national paper where he worked for the next 3 following years. His interest in photography moved him to Barcelona where he studied a degree in Photography at the Polytechnic University of Catalunya (UPC). Is during this time where he developed his passion for architecture photography. In 2009 he does a long-term project in the Cemetery Park in Igualada (Miralles-Pinos). That year he obtained a grant from Liceu Foundation to photograph the 2009-10 Opera Season and a solo exhibition. He also worked as associate professor teaching photography at UPC (Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya) and at Grisart Photography School in Barcelona. David has been twice Junior Finalist in the Lux Photography Awards (Spain). Since 2010 David has worked in assignments for architecture, interior and editorial firms.