VRC e-newsletter May 2015

The Visual Resources Collection's (VRC) e-newsletter highlights donors and their recent image contributions. Images of featured projects can be accessed by UT faculty, students, and staff via the VRC's online image collection
Evan Greulich is a second year M. Arch I student at The University of Texas at Austin School of Architecture. During the summer of 2014, Evan hiked the Camino de Santiago (Way of St. James) pilgrimage across northern Spain, walking 1,000 kilometers from the Pyrenee Mountains to the Galician coast. His time along the Camino was focused on places of refuge and how pilgrims encounter and relate to these varied places. Evan's research was funded in part by UTSOA’s Independent Research Travel Scholarships program. Evan's photos are available to the university’s faculty, students, and staff through the UTSOA VRC's online image collection

Donor Highlight

Evan Greulich

M.ARCH, expected 2017 
What motivates you to photograph the streetscapes and architectural works you visit? How do the images you shoot influence you?
These images, at their best, are a rough reminder of the atmosphere I felt at that moment or in that place. They never quite get it right, but at least photographs can jog my memory and re-immerse me in a space I’ve been in. I’m also honestly looking for beauty, hoping to capture a thin slice of fleeting reality so that I can show rather than simply tell others what a particular place was like.
Any special interests in photography or equipment? Your donation includes images taken using both a DSLR and an iPhone. What influences your decision to choose one type of camera over another when in the field?
I quickly discovered while hiking, that lugging my DSLR on my neck/shoulder/arm, in addition to my 40 pound backpack, for eight to nine hours a day was infeasible at best. So, I decided to take almost all my photos with my iPhone while walking on the trail and save the DSLR for overnight stays. This clear division allowed me to properly daydream, ponder, and simply take in the evolving landscapes with all my senses first. Most friends I met along the Camino were astounded that I’d decided to carry a 2-3 pound DSLR at all, since every ounce matters when you’re on your feet all day.
How do you use the images you shoot? How does photography inform your design?
My relationship to photography is certainly in its adolescent phase. I see photography as an important practice in framing and seeing what is already there, and I’m learning how bordering and putting a limit around any part of our perception fundamentally alters it. I’m honing this intuition skill all the time.
Where's your next destination? Are you focusing on a specific region or searching out locations with a particular theme in mind?
I’m headed to Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey this summer to study how this modernist plaza and park allowed massive—and successful—popular protests in the summer of 2013. I am eager to soak in Istanbul's atmosphere and cacophonous streetscape as I am increasingly interested in seeing, learning about, and designing architecture through a relational lens.
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Project Highlight

Refuge Within the Way

Photographs by Evan Greulich

What prompted your focus on these sites? How do these sites influence your academic focus and design perspective?
Refuge, the emotional partner of shelter, is a fundamental quality of architecture that we, in comfortable, air-conditioned contemporary culture, rarely experience. I was interested in how pilgrims–of both the present and past, as literally hundreds of thousands of pilgrims hike the Camino every year–encounter refuge and feel sheltered as they journey westward. I was curious about whether peregrinos’ sense of relief and refuge was heightened upon arrival to a church, or a monastery, or an albergue (similar to a hostel, but more hospitable). My research focused on questions like: How did buildings encourage this sense of relief? What’s the relationship between vulnerability and refuge? What did it actually feel like to discover shelter from the storm?

Any general thoughts about the places highlighted in the photos? What draws you to study the details, buildings, and landscape you documented?
The way the Camino undulates between villages, farmlands, forests, cities, and plains was remarkable, and I simply couldn’t get over the variety of landscapes I was exposed to every day. I was drawn to the way its buildings formed lasting and meaningful relationships with both their immediate landscapes and the people inhabiting them. There is so very much we can learn from thoughtful vernacular architecture and the way it relates to the land.
Is there a specific project you found most interesting?
Not a project, but a place. Finisterre. South-facing peninsula in Galicia. Translated as “end of the earth,” it was the historical ending place for the pagan pilgrimage before medieval Christians co-opted the story. There are few places I’ve been to that were as magical, where you sit on cliff rocks overlooking the ocean and feel simultaneously above and in the ocean.

Anything else you would like to say about the designs documented in these photos?

Hiking the Camino was transformative for me. I recommend it to anyone who wants real time and space to reflect on their life and the world at large, but doesn’t want to travel to the ends of the earth to gain that sense of belonging.
Cathedral and Praza do Oradoiro
Santiago Compostela
Galicia, Spain

Accession # 2015-2506
To browse all images donated by Evan Greulich, visit the VRC's online image collection. Log in using your EID and select the "Advanced Search" option.  Search for "Evan Greulich" in the Source Name field. 
Evan Greulich
San Felices ruins 
Castilla y León, Spain
Accession# 2015-2562
brick/post-and-beam building
Viloria de la Rioja
Castilla y León, Spain
Accession # 2015-2561
Catedral de Santa Maria
Castilla y León, Spain
Accession # 2015-2473
Castilla y León, Spain
Accession # 2015-2574
Leon Cathedral
Castilla y León, Spain
Accession # 2015-2850
Luquin Village
Navarre, Spain
Accession # 2015-2545
pedestrian and vehicle entrance gate
Navarre, Spain
Accession # 2015-2400
Convento de San Anton
Castilla y León, Spain
Accession # 2015-2484
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