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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.

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

Forever Home -Interior Design Photographer

April 4th, 2011 admin No comments

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Over the past year I’ve been shooting a lot with Alison Law from Studio A Interiors , photographing her interior design portfolio for her website. This specific project was a special treat as Alberta Home Magazine picked up the story of the interior renovation, and ran a feature article in their April issue.

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On the photographer’s side of things there was some special challenges, namely including people in some of the imagery. Alison and I agreed it would be a great image to have an image of the home owner’s children in one of the shots. Photographing children and interior design are two incredibly polar opposite types of photography, and capturing both in one image at once proved to be an interesting challenge. When photographing interior design you have quite a bit of flexibility concerning when you take the shot, things don’t move very fast. Children however, have split second unpredictable photogenic moments, and a very short amount of time they’ll be happy working ‘on set’. After a fair bit of coordination with all the adults we had on hand, we managed to get the first image of the little master baker in his element. At the end of the shoot we even had the opportunity to sample some of his creations.

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If you’re in Alberta in April, you can find Alberta Home on the magazine rack, the article ‘Forever Home’ is on page 41

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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.

Residential Photography

November 20th, 2010 admin No comments

I love not only to photograph the beauty of interior design, but also the functionality my clients build into a home. Could you really see yourself living here? or does it just look like a pretty un-realistic dream? I for one dream of cooking in a kitchen as beautiful as this one by Studio A Interiors