Buildings are part of our lives.
We live, work and die in them and our lives reflect in the faces of the buildings, just looking at an old house sets our imagination in motion; the history – big and small, the joy, sadness and mundane lives of days gone by.
It is useful when shooting subjects like this to have a wide angle lens, and not to stand too close to the subject (to avoid what is called the “keystone” or “keystoning” effect – where the building appears to lean back). But the most apparent benefit of using a wide angle lens is that you often have buildings behind you making it hard to get the necessary distance that a telephoto lens needs to get the same view).
If you are really picky you might consider using a quality lens to avoid lens distortion, I remember once using my first camera (with a kit zoom lens), I found this interesting brick wall that I wanted to shoot but the barrel distortion made all the line look bent, driving me nuts (Software can be used to correct this but don’t expect miracles).