Paul Dingman is an architectural, interior, and aerial drone photographer in China. His photographic expertise includes large scale projects, office buildings, hotels, and airports. Dingman designs architectural photography for architects.
Paul Dingman Brings Architectural Design to Light
Suzhou Science and Cultural Arts Centre
“Often significant photographs of a project are not the obvious ones. Great photos come to light through a process of exploration, design sensitivity, previsualization, planning, timing, and a commitment to exceptional results.”
I have been photographing architecture for 20 years – 10 of those in China and Asia. I specialize in large scale projects – airports and transportation, convention centers, and mixed-use. I have a successful track record photographing luxury hotels and resorts, glass buildings, super tall buildings, and interiors. I would describe myself as a seeker, a storyteller, and a design lover. I am passionate, imaginative, and creative. But I suffer from a personality disorder….I am also a perfectionist. My passion for photography has allowed me to turn my dispositional dysfunction into a successful career.
I am an optimist. I see the world not as it is, but as it can be. I try to express this in my photography.
I consider myself a designer who uses a camera. There is an intent and a plan behind every photograph I create. My goal is to design images that make a lasting impression – one that causes the viewer to pause, to engage, and to remember.
“I begin every photographic assignment by “listening”. I want to know what inspired your design and why you made it look the way it does. And importantly, what does it feel like to you. The rest is an interactive process beginning with observing then seeing, perceiving then pre-visualizing, and finally designing and producing the photographs. In the end, my mission is to create dynamic images that faithfully articulate the architect’s vision in a unique and powerful way.”
My career as a professional photographer has expanded and evolved over the decades. After graduating from the University of Georgia with a degree in journalism I worked as a freelance photo journalist. I won several awards for my documentary work. A local story on Georgia Blues Players garnered national press awards and international exposure.
I opened the first of four photography studios shooting people, models, musicians, food, hi-tech products, industrial products, and jewelry. Later on, I opened a larger advertising photography studio in Atlanta. I had become an expert in “paint with light” photography. My photography was in demand by major corporations and advertising agencies. It won gold medals at advertising awards shows. But digital imaging came in like a tsunami, and overnight my in-camera special effects and light painting techniques were no longer in high demand. I vowed to quit the business.
But fate stepped in - an architect asked me to photograph his projects for his new website. It was enlightening. I was not stuck in a dark studio, but travelling and working outside and using my eye for composition and my lighting expertise to create exceptional photos of architectural design. For the last 20 years, my mission has been focused on bringing design to light in my photography of architecture and interiors.
I came to China in 2009, and I have lived and worked here for the last ten years. My clients are architects, hotels, and real estate concerns with projects in China, Asia and the Middle East.