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One Point Perspective

a day in the life of...

We shot this project for HED back in 2013 and I just realized  I’ve never shared it here.  I’ve worked with the firm, and in particular with the wife and husband team of Leonora Georgeoglou / Enrique Suarez for many years.  They’re such a great duo and the company has always produced thoughtful and interesting work.

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We recently shot this elegant law firm in Chicago for Gensler. It features a two story mosaic mural of the White City Amusement Park.  Aside from being very beautiful, the mural draws attention away from the interior stairway and focuses it on the Miesian simplicity of the space’s architecture.

The design of the office embraces natural light, which made it easy for us to capture an abundance of images over our two-day shoot.

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I’m really excited about the re-launch of the website! I worked very closely with Thesis, Inc. to get this thing off the ground and the designers and coders over there did a wonderful job!  With the update, I’ve also revamped all the portfolios.  None of the material here has been any older than 2009 (when I departed HB), but still, things were beginning to feel a bit dated.  I think it’s critical to continue evolving your vision and so the ‘work’ section now carries not just the new still and motion work we’ve been doing but also my recent personal fine art endeavors.  Make yourself at home, have a look around, it’s all new…

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This is something I’ve been meaning to post for quite some time.  We spent most of a week capturing stills and motion of this house for long-time client Brininstool + Lynch.  The home is sleek and modern with the exquisite detailing that I’ve come to expect from B+L.  At the same time, though, it’s very earthy.  I feel like the design has achieved a beautiful balance between modernism and comfort.  After four days of shooting, I felt right at home… as evidenced below.

The project also netted us a couple magazine covers :)

Below is a compilation of our footage, not really edited but just spliced up for convenience.  I know there’s got to be a film in here somewhere!

Whitney Architects called on us last year to photograph this story of a great corporate campus renovation.  The firm was tasked with updating the 25 year old 525k Sq-Ft facility while incorporating much of the client’s various branding within the palette.  The workplace is entirely open office and there are eight test kitchens on site.  I think the designers did a great job here and we had a lot of fun playing with the various spaces over a couple weekends.

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Here is another series of images I’ve been developing lately as a personal exploration.  It’s all shot on Rollei 25 black and white film.  I began with the Rm3d and a roll film back but have moved to a Hasselblad 501cm.  The ‘Blad allows me to work much faster and handheld (even with the slow film).  This new film stock from Rollei is beautiful in that it’s grain is so fine that enlargements have less visible grain than Tri-X in 4×5.

We had a large project this year helping out our friends at Thesis with the launch of Nemschoff’s new line of healthcare furniture, Palisade.  We began by shooting motion and stills at Herman Miller’s Greenhouse location in Michigan.  Our motion footage was all shot on our RED Epic (of course) while the stills were captured using the Sony A7r.  I typically use my Phase One IQ 260 for all of my furniture shoots but there were some interesting workflow things we could do with the Sony that intrigued me (more on that in a coming post).

One of the more fun aspects of this shoot was an interview that we filmed at the Eames Home in Pacific Palisades, and by “fun”, I mean transcendent!  For any fan of Mid-Century Modern design, spending a day at the Eames Home is something of an architectural pilgrimage.  We had the pleasure of filming Palisade’s designer, Jess Sorel as interviewed by Eames Demetrios, the grandson of Ray and Charles.  Yeah, pretty cool.

The Palisade line itself represents some of the most thoughtful design I have come across within the healthcare field.  They’ve actually just won Best of Competition at Contract Design’s Nightingale Awards.

Anyway, here’s the little film we did and a few of our stills beneath.

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