This horizontal image communicates the scale of the formal conference room, displays the relationship of it to the reception area and the remainder of the project. It also shows the use of color to define the seating area as a separate psychological space. The mass and impressive nature of the design of the formal conference room is evident, and could be overpowering but is balanced by the energy of detail in the colorful seating area. Use of people in this image in both the corridor and simultaneously in the reception area is intended to communicate the function of the spaces as well as provide a reference for scale.
Adaptive Reuse Design, Transitional Corridor for Futures Without Violence
I was intrigued by the upward motion of the design of this space. The composition is strengthened by the inclusion of people interacting with the space and each other in normal and meaningful ways.
2002 AIA Merit Award - Conference Room, Millennium Building for Williams + Paddon Architecture + Planning
This was such a well-focused and powerful design there was only one camera position that made any sense. I shot this space with available light at dawn to illuminate the skylight with just enough luminance to give it life but not so much as to compete with the room lighting. I kept the blinds behind the camera open to create reflections in the glass of the doors to the break-out room to isolate this space from that space and the building lobby beyond that was visible through a second pass-through.
2002 AIA Merit Award - Light Screen, South East Corner, Millennium Building for Williams + Paddon Architecture + Planning
I experienced this corner of the building the first time I drove into the parking lot. The driveway was a at least seven feet below grade and this corner rose up with the drama of the Matterhorn, and the structural steel design elements made an unforgettable impression. The designer was making a statement and I heard it loud and clear.
High Dynamic Range Imaging
Mather VA Hospital
Kaiser Permanente, Roseville Campus, Rosville, CA for Chong Partnership - now Stantec Architecture
Titled “Ladder to Heaven” - 2011 Sunset Idea Home Palo Alto, CA - Photographed for Suett Wong of GoGo Creations.
Awards: 2012 LEED for Homes award, second place award in Sustainable Home category in 2012 ASID Cal North Design Competition
This is a living room in a multifamily townhouse, designed for a young couple with a pre-school aged daughter. What captured my imagination on entering the space was the way the design promoted the appreciation of the light entering the space from the two story windows along the south wall. My second impression was how well the designer directed the energy of the design to lead the eye and draw attention into and around the space and up to the paper lanterns.
The designer told me the ladder to heaven concept was a principle of feng shui and was the intent of this aspect of the design. The depth of her design is evident in the quality of the finished work.
I shot this image with available light because I didn’t want compromise the integrity of the design with an unnatural element.
A dramatic view of the seating and balconies at the Temple Hoyne Buell Theater at the Denver Center for the Perfoming Arts designed by van Dijk, Pace, Westlake & Partners, Architects and Beyer Blinder Belle (A joint venture)
I created this image to capture the cuteness of the design. The white robe and window create a balancing element for the collection of colorful glass on the vanity shelves without drawing attention away from the critical design elements of the vanity and drawer faces.
The cool tones and smooth material of the glassware are a wonderful contrast to the warm tones and texture of the wood shelves.
My first impression of this master bathroom was of the sophisticated and elegant design. I had to explore the space for a time before I could appreciate its sensual nature.
This image was shot using available light and the multiple exposure technique that I am so fond of to illuminate the space and show the effects of each lighting element.
Whole Foods Grocery Store, Fair Oaks, CA for Williams + Paddon Architects + Planners
This dawn shot was a great challenge for me. We wanted to capture the drama and impact of the design while making good use of the ambient lighting. Given the retail nature of the project I had to shoot at dawn or have my compositional options all but eliminated. Unfortunately the building faced west so I had to shoot into the rising sun. I set the shoot to occur just as dawn was beginning to break in the east; this gave me the time I needed to expose the interior and patio lights and create this halo effect with the brightening sky.
I love photographing architecture at dawn; you can do things that are otherwise impossible.