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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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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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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