JONATHAN SAGE

A super early start to catch the morning twilight

I was greeted by two fellow sleepy-faces, Amlis and Anne-Sophie from lbgo Architekten, as it was 5.30 in the morning. There was a fresh layering of snow that fell overnight in Munich and it was still pitch black as it was only two weeks into the new year. Our gloomy morning moods soon improved as the caffeine kicked in and the heating system slowly warmed up the car. As nighttime ended and nautical twilight began, the sky became gradually lighter as we drove towards the Alps.

From experience, I know when and where to set up my cameras for twilight and blue hour shoots, as well as when to take the respective exposures for the building, foreground and sky. The difference this time was that the shoot was in reverse, as it went from dark to light rather than light to dark. It presented several challenges, firstly I needed to visualise the composition and set up my gear and in the dark, and secondly take all the exposures in reverse order as the ambient light increased. My two companions darted around the scene in the dark, repositioning or hiding garden paraphernalia, while I was desperately trying to simply keep my fingers warm to ensure I could release the shutter at critical intervals. The outcome was a victory. 

The existing Bundwerkstadel in itself is a beautiful traditional building with intricate details throughout its facade. The re-modelling of the interior has a contemporary feel yet respectful and sensitive to the former architectural style. The layout is a labyrinth of connecting spaces, steps and bridges, a fun-house of sorts. 

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