In ‘Landscapes. Photographs’, Wim Wenders describes “his enthusiasm for reality” in a very precise manner. “If a photo no longer tells of something else, from the realm of truth, but prefers to only account itself, if it ceases therefore to bother about what there is, then we have come to the end of photography.” This is an interdisciplinary lesson that also has ramifications into the discipline of architecture. As soon as the image does not embrace the reality and its context but endeavours to seek its added value by misusing the context purely for the presence and imagery, we have arrived at the decline of the architectural intervention.
Manipulation takes priority over giving real thought to continuing what is already in place. At that moment, we no longer see reality as an environment with its own needs and wishes and with a background history. We have forgotten to be grateful for what exists, and we fail to earn our presence.