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One Point Perspective

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For a long time, I’ve wanted to explore various series of still life imagery.  The other day, as I was finishing up making some large prints at Latitude Chicago, I stopped by Sprout Home and picked up a few interesting flowers (and a thistle).

I’m starting off very simple, just an interesting specimen against black, monochromatic using 1 or 2 lights.  We’ll see where things go from here.

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We recently had the assignment to document Herman Miller’s Design Yard for MSR.  The architects were submitting the building for an AIA 25 year award.  Our task was to complete a set of images comparable to the original photography of the project.  One of our biggest challenges were dealing with some of the beautiful trees that had grown in during the last 25 years that obscured many of the original views.

Here’s a new project that I was really excited to shoot.  It’s been a while since I’ve worked with Jaime Velez and the rest of the team over at Skidmore, and I was quite pleased to be selected for this assignment.  UI Labs  (as defined on their site) is a research and commercialization collaborative.  What does that mean?  They’re basically a bunch of really smart people making very cool stuff.  Their space is pretty cool too… just look.

We’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to New York with Cannon Design.  Two 16 hour days of travel + shoot.  I’m still recovering.  We had fun, though and got some great  images of an exceptional space.  Photos to follow.  For now, here’s the sun setting behind Brooklyn.

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Stefan Steib at HCam is kind of a genius.  The new Canon 11-24 zoom on his Tilt / Shift rig.
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I ordered the book, Shooting Space, from Phaidon a month or so ago.  The images within aren’t what you would find on an architect’s website or in any trade magazine but are tangential explorations of the genre.  This is something I continually find myself straddling in my own work (as shown in my previous posts).

The book includes a number of photographic series by artists such as Hélène Binet, Iwan Baan, Richard Wentworth, Thomas Struth, Annie Leibovitz, and Walter Niedermayr, though my favorite works were by Belgian Filip Dujardin.  The collection also includes thoughtful essays by Elias Redstone, Pedro Gadanho, and Kate Bush.  Not THAT Kate Bush.

Excerpts from Phaidon’s site:

For a few months now we’ve been working on a series of interviews with Chicago area architects in collaboration with Thesis, Inc.  Having worked with some of these individuals for many years, it was really wonderful to hear their varied insights into their practices.  Have a look at all of the completed interviews in the portfolio section, here.

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We did just a few shots at this little project by TVS Design.  Though they didn’t have a lot of square footage to work with, I thought the geometry of the interiors was really well designed.  This week were in the middle of shooting another (much larger) project with Ingrid Christensen from TVS and we’re getting some great stuff!

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