| 2008 December
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December 2008

Azure CoverThis September we spent a day in Indiana shooting a great little cottage with Brad Lynch of Brininstool + Lynch.  The weather was fairly miserable, but we made the best of it with some soft light exteriors, a couple dusk shots and the interiors …well …cloudy days actually make for really nice interior lighting.  We made 7 shots, bouncing inside and out, daylight to dusk, scarfing down some cheap but tasty Mexican food in between.  It turned out to be a great day and as we piled our dozen cases back into the truck we felt really happy with our work.

It wasn’t long after when Brad told me that the Toronto based magazine Azure had expressed interest in the project and that they might be contacting me.  About a week after that I was discussing the project with Melissa, the art director from Azure when we decided to go back out to the house for some additional shots, bringing the homeowners into the scene.  I was, of course, most pleased to see that we got the cover of the annual houses issue.  Now that’s how I like to end the year!

The return also allowed me a rare opportunity to improve upon previous work.  I was quite pleased with the first dusk shot I had done from the drive, looking up at the house.  I knew it could be better, though, and I think this revision is leaps and bounds above my previous effort.

Dusk from the drive

Next up, Brininstool + Lynch have asked me to cover their rebuild of Chicago’s Tiny Lounge, where the firm has traditionally held their most excellent holiday parties.  Last Friday, my wife and I had an opportunity to “scout” the project and found the design, as well as the margaritas, to be exceptional as usual.


In the Fall of ’07 I photographed The Grand Rapids Art Museum for Architect Magazine.  I had an opportunity to chat with Kulapat Yantrasast of wHY Architecture about their design as I was making the images, and though the majority of the building was covered in masonite and scaffolding as the contractors were attacking the punch-list, we had opportunity to make some photographs that I was really pleased with.

Over at Arch Daily they’ve just posted about the Casa Wasaka in the ‘burbs of Osaka (repeat 5 times quickly).  The home clearly carries the vision of wHY which is somehow simultaneously uncompromisingly modern and yet very playful.  Check it out…

Image from Arch Daily

Image from Arch Daily


Naz and I had lunch yesterday to discuss design of the new website and some other graphics things he’s working on for me.  I can’t wait to get the full version up and running… It’s going to showcase both personal and commercial work.  Naz has a great eye, a subtle sense of humor that brings just enough whimsy to the project and understands exactly what I’m going for.  He co-founded Gaper’s Block along with Andrew Huff, which is where Alex and I met him.  Alex also recently did a tour of Naz and Jen’s place for Apartment Therapy which Evan shot (of course).

Frost at dawn.

Random eye candy.