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Bow Valley Center -Calgary Architecture

January 18th, 2012 admin No comments

A recent trip brought me all the way from Coastal BC to Calgary, part of the reason for all the road miles was capturing the newly renovated Bow Valley Center for Award Magazine.

Shooting in open public areas always provides a conflicting experience. The public can act as either an addition, or distraction in architectural photos. They may animate the space, helping describe the functionality designed into it’s shape. However at the same time they can detract from the eye’s movement around the space, as the human eye so pervasively hunts out the human presence in any image.

To capture the Bow Valley Center I worked to get the best of both worlds, which in reality is the way any space is seen and experienced by designers and patrons alike.

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Also, tagged onto this photo gallery are two images of the new Totem residence at UBC Vancouver.

Is it Architecture or is it Interior Design

September 2nd, 2011 admin No comments

We use stories and photos to define people, places and subjects, to understand them and learn from them. However when the subject refuses to be defined, is it fair to be defined as un-definable?

Most shoots I do fall specifically in one category or another; architecture or interior design. However, when asked by Alberta Home interior design magazine, to shoot an architect’s home, lines become hazy. It would be quite fair to say interior design shoots concentrate on the materials and things that are inside a structure, while architecture shoots focus primarily on the shape of a structure and its functionality. In the lack of definition I found amazing opportunity for creativity as a photographer. Using architectural photography techniques to capture the interior’s design while using interior photography techniques to focus on, and clarify the architecture’s shape.

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Award Magazine Cover -Vancouver Architecture Photographer

July 11th, 2011 admin No comments

A couple months back I got an email from Award Magazine asking if I’d be heading to edmonton any time soon, as they had cover story which needed photographing. My oldest brother just so happens to live in Edmonton, so any excuse to make the trip north to visit him is a great excuse. Not to mention bagging a cover for one of my favorite clients; Award Magazine

The new Orthopedic Surgery unit at the Royal Alexandria Hospital isn’t hard on the eyes of patients who come in for surgery on their joints. Photographing this building was a bit personally interesting as well, since I underwent meniscal repair surgery about 13 months ago in Banff. The banff building’s architecture can’t compete with this, however it does have a slight advantage of mountain views, and deer grazing just outside your recovery room.

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Check out the online copy of the magazine Here

On Assignment: Glulam

May 14th, 2011 admin No comments

A wonderful perk to my job is the diverse number of places my job takes me. When asked to highlight the use of glulam as a construction material I got to visit the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre in Whistler BC. If you aren’t up on your building material vocabulary glulam = Glue Laminate = smaller pieces of wood glued together to create weight bearing beams. Rather than chopping down a whole cedar tree to create a weight bearing beam, many smaller pieces of wood create a single beam.
Back to the location; the Squamish Lil’wat is an amazing place of art, culture, and history, which I would argue is a hidden gem in the town of whistler. Personally I’m a big fan of Costal Aboriginal art, so having being forced to shoot inside the Cultural Centre was no burdon at all.

Institutional Exterior Photographs in Calgary and Vancouver

April 20th, 2011 admin No comments

The glamor shots of a building are almost exclusively taken in the little window after construction is completed, before the building starts being used. However those aren’t the only times building are needed to be shot. Award Magazine put me on the track to shoot two building before they completed the construction phase, in time for the stories accompanying them to run in the April issue of Award Magazine. Photographs of Ernest Manning Highschool in Calgary and West Pender Place in Vancouver BC

University of Calgary Downtown Campus -Calgary Architecture Photographer

March 21st, 2011 admin No comments

I try to keep my ear to the ground for new great architecture projects happening in and around my home town(s) but this one passed me by. I saw the building during construction before I knew what it was going to look like. Marshall Tittemore Architects retrofitted an old downtown medical facility into the University of Calgary’s Downtown Campus. Seeing it during construction I had my fingers crossed I would get to photograph the building for someone, or else I would have to photograph the building on my own time. Luckily enough Award Magazine called me up looking for images.

Holt Renfrew Calgary -Vancouver Architecture Photographer

February 25th, 2011 admin No comments

Luxury is a slight understatement. I was really stoked to shoot the interior of Holt Renfrew’s new flagship store in Calgary. This masterpiece designed by Janson Goldstein is said to have a $45 Million dollar price tag, definitely not an ‘every day’ interior shoot.

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A shoot of this scale is a whole different ball game compared to the residential interiors that I blogged about last. In the last interior I could change the whole lighting in a room by adding a single skrim to bounce or block light. (A skrim is a large piece of white/black fabric suspended by a frame. Mine are 5×7 feet, made of PVC and nylon). Lighting is less controllable in a room ten times the size; you can only minor adjustments without considerable volumes of equipment. Composition also requires a whole new bag of tricks, even a fisheye with a 180 degree view angle won’t capture the amount the human eye is seeing when you step back from the eyepiece. Working with extremely wide angles will start to develop very unnatural looking perspective when looking up or down, photoshop will help correct for these oddities, but pixels can only be stretched so far.

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When shooting with a model, or subject the location is a setting or story for the subject’s actions or existence to take place. However when shooting an interior the location is the story and the subject.

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So what is a photographer to do? The location is lit, the building is built, the subject is already styled. Simply walk in with an expensive camera hanging around your neck? Go back to the basics; you’ve got a camera and you have control over it’s function and composition.

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I drop all my equipment; skrims, tripod, even camera and walk. I close one eye; making myself avoid the way depth will change the way I perceive the room. My viewer is going to see this room on one plane, looking at it with two eyes will present it much differently. I walk back and forth pacing to see how I can rearrange solid objects without touching them, cleaning the visual chaos into simple shapes and presentable objects. Explore space using depth with perspective, repeating objects and familiar objects. Balance and offset objects of different sizes and significance to keep the eye moving and entertained.

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As I stood in Holt Renfrew long before your eyes would see the images I was playing Jedi mind tricks with you. I, and any other person who has a camera holds the power to control or even distort your perceptions of anything at all.

I am in control of your mind.

Buena Vista Ranch

September 19th, 2009 admin No comments

I find myself all too often alone in the woods in the dark of night shooting. This shoot a couple deer kept passing through at unpredictable times, their rustles in the brush gave me a big startle every time. Coyotes calling in the night, and a couple animal sounds I have no experience with all gave me the heebey-jeebies. Luckily despite my run ins with the ‘locals’, being out of cell phone reach if I did get taken down, and one semi bum leg I got out alive.
And got the shot.
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As for the picture itself the long exposure and multiple variables it made for a challenging and fun picture to take. 40 minutes to get the star trails, light painting to fill in the trees, and manually flipping the switches for lights on the building itself. The interior lights were only on for 2 seconds each, while the porch lights were on for 4 seconds. As for the light painting i was using a hand wound LED flashlight for 15 minutes = sore arm