I consider myself quite fortunate to have been given the honor of shooting this remarkable building. It is the product of a collaboration between Boston based architect Nader Tehrani of NADAAA, and the Melbourne based architect John Wardle of JWA. Often, I find that one of the primary objectives on a shoot is to find the definitive view of a project and create an iconic image thereof. But despite many days on site, walking, studying, and shooting the building from virtually every conceivable angle inside and out, this goal seemed to elude me. At first I found this to be a little frustrating and discouraging. But I slowly came to realize that this masterpiece of innovation and design was so nuanced and varied, that it simply would not yield to that sort of simplistic approach. It was complex, and multi-dimensional in a way that could not be reduced to a single story or moment. It had not only a deep personality, but complex moods as well.
Today was the dedication of the new Thai Buddhist temple in Raynam, MA known as Wat Nawamintararachutis. I was surrounded by an international see of saffron as monks came from all over the world for the dedication. The temple was designed by Been Wang of ARC (Architectural Resources Cambridge).
It's not enough to just make images of architecture. Once in a while, it is important to get involved in the production of architecture itself. Last week I found myself on a small island in Maine rebuilding what was probably a 60's kit house that had fallen into a state of disrepair. The original 4x12 cedar sill beam, along with all of the floor joists on the northeast side of the house had rotted to the point of impending structural collapse and all needed to be replaced. Neal Kaplan (of NealEstate in Providence, RI) and 2 of his crew, Al and Christian, jacked up the house and put in a heroic effort which added up to more than a week's worth of back to back to back 12 hour days and helped save the house and begin the process of restoring it to it's former... state (glory might be pushing it). In addition, with tireless help of my nephew Thomas, we moved about 4 tons of earth and gravel by hand to level a plinth on which to build a new shed on the sloped site. It was a rough but rewarding week... back to photography!
Today my newly installed solar array went live effectively turning my studio into a giant camera the roof of which is the sensor. It is a 30 panel array rated at 7.5kW with an estimated annual production of over 9,000kWh. Let the sun shine!
If I hadn't been jumping up and down for the last 3 hours I'd be freezing... Go Sox!
What an amazing couple and what an amazing experience! The first image is of Wallfahrt-Church in Bildstein, Austria where the ceremony took place. The second image shows the view from top of Diedamskopf where brunch was held the day after the wedding. Simply beautiful.
One of the bonuses to shooting on location is the opportunity to discover new food and restaurants. If you happen to find yourself near 34th St and 3rd Ave in NYC, make sure to stop by Pie Face for some lunch, or at least some snacks!
Leaving a shoot for NADAAA on Beacon St, Boston, Corey and I were treated to a double rainbow spanning the Back Bay.
As you can see from the empty chairs, Roy and I were the only ones crazy enough to keep skiing in the blizzard!!!
A foggy evening on the Danube...