Once when photographing the atrium of an office building I noticed a man watching me for a time, bobbing his head and moving from side to side trying to see what was going on. After a few minutes he approached and asked what I was photographing, I responded with a sweeping gesture that encompassed the entirety of the atrium and said “that.” The look on his face could only be described as confusion, he was unable to grasp the idea of a non-objective photograph. He could understand a photograph of a tree, flower or person but the idea of a photograph of the “space” was utterly foreign to him and beyond his comprehension.

Stonelake Clubhouse
Lennar Homes
Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners
Quite often I am called by new clients who have been working with other photographers, many times these are not architectural specialists. I like to review the portfolios of my new clients to understand how they want their work presented and understand their “style.” When reviewing their portfolios I’ve found a common theme and, through the years realized that most photographers are object oriented. They can be quite good and display a high degree of technical ability when photographing the chair, table or lamp, but when it comes to photographing the design of a space their images can be disappointing.

My photos are nonobjective, while other photographic specialities are focused on representation of an object I focus on the abstraction of the design as it exists within the space as a whole. When I look at a living room for example I don’t see the chair, sofa, and rug as separate and distinct objects but as elements of the seating area that is one aspect of the completed composition of the living space.

My innate ability to comprehend the coordinated abstract elements that make up a design, whether it be architecture or interior design is what makes my photographs of a space or structure stand out from those created by an object oriented artist.