I am the award-winning Danish architectural photographer Kirstine Mengel. I specialize in
creating space and capturing the lines in architecture, design and interior. The style of my
photography is influenced by visual calmness and purity, light and minimalism.
When photographing, I focus on creating visual calmness and sense of space. This comes from
my special regard for minimalism. I create calmness in each image in order for the message to emerge.
I am intensely fascinated by photographing architecture: to visualise architecture and to collaborate
with architects and architectural companies. I find architecture to be extremely interesting and highly important to all of us.
Recently, I have won several international photo awards honouring my work on images of stairs.
Highlighted were signature traits such as the almost graphical element of the photos, along with
the significantly Nordic style. It was stressed that I tell a visual story through the space I create in my photos.
It is significant that I am not an architect: I am a professionally trained photographer. This gives
me a different kind of curious look at architecture. In the best possible way this provides me with what I like to
call a curious regard on architecture from the outside. This curiosity is also the reason why I have obtained
a fine-tuned sense of the particular DNA of the different companies I work with.
I find professional inspiration on daily walks at the scenic area close to my neighbourhood. To me, both
nature and urban life are important elements of my work. As much as they are opposites, the two are somehow
connected. My light-filled, spacious 100 square metres photo studio is situated at the harbour front of Odense, Denmark.
From here, I travel around the country and to the rest of the world in order to work. In this way, I combine my interest in the tranquillity of nature with the buzz of urban life.
I have more than 20 years of experience as a professional photographer. My fascination of photography
and architecture was sparked in my childhood. My mother was an architectural photographer; I joined her on assignments
for as long as I can remember. As a child the people close to me worked in different capacities with the built environment.
My father was in the building industry, my grandfather was an engineer and my uncle an architect.