San Mateo High School
San Mateo, CA
BCA Architects

Today's architectural photograph is San Mateo High School Entrance shot at dusk for BCA Architects.

Photographing educational projects can be a lot of fun, because they are usually designed to be inspirational. They are almost always large and can be challenging because they require heavy reliance on available light, it is possible to light these structures but I have always preferred to capture the ambiance of the design and communicate the emotional context  through the use of available light even when I was shooting 4x5 transparencies.

I like the power of the image which is enhanced through the use of low angle, strong perspective and transitional lighting. We had to wait about six months before we could actually finish shooting this historic reconstruction project because one of the up-lights at the entrance blew out and had to be replaced. It was worth the wait.