I took a little working vacation for a couple weeks this month. I spent five relaxing days in
St. Lucia and a week in Barbados, shooting a few vacation homes on both islands before attending my friend's wedding on the beach in Barbados.
On my 18-day vacation I...
drove a mercedes • slept in a mercedes • saw the sunrise in the german countryside • drove through villages and towns i'll never remember the names of • saw lots of turbines and solar fields • relied on the kindness of strangers • saw a castle on a cliff • enjoyed peace and solitude • reflected on the past • daydreamed about the future • got lost exploring on purpose • photographed major icons • enjoyed a daytime thunderstorm in berlin • realized how much i miss being around german speakers • drove 180km/hr on the autobahn • spent the night at the bauhaus school • wondered and wandered • rode in planes, trains and automobiles, and a boat • reunited with friends i haven't seen in years • missed others that couldn't make it • swam in the mediterranean • sunned on the sand • laughed • put away my camera • relaxed • went to a lovely wedding • listened and learned • danced • drank sangria a lot • abandoned plans • continued traditions • appreciated home • experienced thunder and lightning in barcelona • let go • saw the sunrise in spain • caught the flu • came home to a surprise thunderstorm •
The fine folks from Coast Modern sent me a copy of the newly released DVD. The packaging looks and feels great, and I'm looking forward to checking out all the extras.
Get your own copy here.
I have a few photos of the Staples House in West Vancouver in an exhibition this month at the Charles H. Scott Gallery at Emily Carr University. The reception is Tuesday, August 6th at 7pm and is open to the public so please come by and check out the work!
Photography and the
West Coast Modern House
August 7 to September 5, 2013
The Charles H. Scott Gallery is pleased to present Photography and the West Coast Modern House an exhibition that examines the relationship between photography and architecture from the 1950s to the present through the work of nine prominent photographers. The exhibition presents the work of Jim Breukelman, John Fulker, Arni Haraldsson, Krista Jahnke, Jack Long, Selwyn Pullan, Simon Scott, Martin Tessler, and Graham Warrington.
Since the invention of photography in the early nineteenth century architecture has been a favoured subject as photographers documented the ever-changing urban landscape. Photography has continued to play and important role in promoting and popularizing architecture especially in the post-war period. Photographers were able to capture the innovations of modernist design such as post and beam construction that allowed for large open interior spaces, the emphasis on the flow between indoor and outdoor spaces and the relation of the modern house to its site.
Beginning in the nineteen fifties, magazines like Western Homes and Living, commissioned photographers Graham Warrington, Selwyn Pullan and John Fulker to document the houses featured in the magazine. The photographs and accompanying texts allowed the average person to vicariously inhabit the spaces of these private residences and introduced them to the idea of modern living. Photographers not only popularized the new style, they also contributed to the success of local architects and helped West Coast residential architecture become internationally recognized.
The exhibition Photography and the West Coast Modern House, brings together a selection of mid-century works by Graham Warrington, Selwyn Pullan and John Fulker with works by contemporary photographers Simon Scott, Martin Tessler and Krista Janhke who continue in the tradition of Vancouver architectural photography. The exhibition also includes works by Jim Breukelman and Arni Haraldsson both of whom have produced photographic series' that explore a more intimate view of the modern house . In the late 1980's Breukelman produced a series of photographs of post-war Vancouver bungalows entitled Hot Properties. While Haraldsson photographed three important modern houses inhabited by Vancouver artists BC Binning, Jack Shadbolt and Gordon Smith.
Exhibition curated by Greg Bellerby
Opening Reception: Tuesday August 6, 2013 at 7:00pm
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/166256466891086/
I've lived in my four storey building for seven years. The first thing I did when I moved in was put up hooks all around my balcony and ran a clothesline around the perimeter. I didn't do a whole lot after that. I tried having a dinner table and chairs out there but it never felt right. A few years ago after hanging out with friends on a pile of sleeping bags picnic style, I realized it was a nice place to sleep.
Outside, but sheltered so you have a decent amount of privacy. From then on when my apartment got a little too warm on those occasional nights in a Vancouver summer, I would pile the blankets and pillows out there to sleep and keep cool. It's pretty enjoyable so it's become part of my summer routine. This year I decided to put in a little effort and create a space that could still be used beyond sleeping and hanging clothes. It's become my summer room. I can take my laptop out there and do my photo editing, watch movies, or have friends over, and often use it as photography space. The southern light is diffused and it turns into a giant soft box, which is great lighting.
And I knew I wanted to play with colour...
It wasn't a major fuss to do. I found three pieces of multi-use furniture and filled it with pillows. I'm not a huge fan of roses but tulips are out of season and when I saw these Rainbow Roses, I knew they would coordinate with the textiles. So I went with it.
I'm looking forward to spending A LOT of time out here.
I went to a Martinis & Canapés Party at a 1962 Ron Thom modernist house on Granville Street earlier this month
and was invited back to take some photos of the house sans people. The "Elswood House" is located on a busy street but as soon as you walk into the space you forget all about that.
The open plan draws you out into the lush green backyard with a pool, a feature that cancels out the traffic noise for
a pool lover like myself. I really hope someone buys this
house with the plan to keep it standing and not tear it
down to build an over-sized "mansion".
See more photos here.
I've been hired to shoot the 2014 edition of Vancouver's Wallpaper* City Guide!
I'll be photographing the cool spots all over the city, including but not limited to; hotels, restaurants, galleries, attractions and architecture, beaches and businesses.
I'm looking forward to seeing my city from a tourists' point of view while getting some great shots of areas I've potentially never seen before.
It'll be available on shelves and online January 2014 so watch for it in stores and tell your design conscious friends to pick up a copy if they're looking for places to visit while in the city!
Public: Architecture + Communication hired me to shoot
a few of their recently completed projects over the next few weeks so I thought I would post some of the images I shot
of their installations at Telus World of Science. I had a fun time shooting YoTopo and the outdoor classroom located in the new Ken Spencer Science Park. Part of why I love architectural photography is that I get to see how people interact with the architecture, and it doesn't hurt that the weather was beautiful.
If you're planning on checking out the next Pecha Kucha Vancouver at the Vogue Theatre on April 11th, one of the principals from Public, Brian Wakelin, will be presenting so you'll be able to see some of these images on the big screen.