Archive for the 'Artwork' Category
Always hard to get the classic 1904 Edward Steichen image of the Flatiron Building out of your head when walking down Broadway. 110 years later, it’s amazing to see what you can drag out of an iPhone.
Seemingly devoid of any life beyond the army of hard-hatted construction workers on the lower floors, this huge retail development in Tianjin eschewed a quiet, almost melancholy feel.
Languishing around the walls, glamorous women seemed to be caught in limbo, anxiously waiting a change in fortune.
I couldn’t help thinking this is must be what it’s like to go shopping with Todd Hido.
I liked the visual of that so much I entered a series that pondered the notion into the International Photography Awards. Amusingly, the series was awarded an Honorable Mention in the Architecture category. Go figure.
The ongoing growth and development of Stanford University has produced some marvelous new buildings, several of which I’ve been commissioned to document for the architectural firms involved. Recently, the old Chemistry Building, one of the very early building on campus has begun the process of rehabilitation and renewal under the direction of EYP Architects.
I was asked to document some of the spaces before the full interior demolition was finalized. The scale and volume of the rooms was fantastic and should prove a great base from which to create a new life for the building.
Some nostalgic student with a super nerdy sense of humor had run amok with s spray can, tantalizingly offering directions to Linus Pauling’s brain.
Linus, as we all know, was one of the most influential chemists in history and ranks among the most important scientists of the 20th century. He won a Nobel Prize for Chemistry AND the Nobel Peace Prize. That would be a brain worth finding.
While in Newport Beach, I had an opportunity to speak with the rather large local rabbit population regarding the upcoming Easter celebrations. They were understandably concerned that given the whole Easter Bunny thing being splashed around in the media, they would become easy targets for general harassment within the community.
After much discussion, they agreed there was little could be done about the impending onslaught of public ridicule but remain stone faced about it.
With the landscaping around the building and in the adjacent park now growing in, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson asked me to capture a series of images of their Newport Beach Civic Center. The $105 million dollar project includes a 100,000 sq.ft city hall, a 17,000 sq.ft library addition, a 450 space parking garage and a 14 acre community park.
The landscaping within the park included several architectural elements that provided color and texture to the various pathways. The sloping site also provided for a viewing platform at one end of a footbridge that led to the dog park section of the site.
These little follies provided a great opportunity to have some fun with perspective and depth perception.
Or just some plain fun.