St. James Park and Pavilion is a project I recently photographed for RAW Design, PMA Landscape Architects and lighting designer Marcel Dion. Located in downtown Toronto the park was revitalized and reopened at the end of August to the delight of the neighbouring community. The wooden pavilion is a new central addition to the park and creates an enjoyable meeting place, picnic area and glowing showstopper once the sun goes down. I look forward to returning in the winter to see the contract between the wood and snow.
I had the pleasure of working with CSV Architects again, this time I was photographing their newly renovated office space in Centretown in Ottawa. I've been working with CSV for a couple years now and it's been great seeing the projects my friends are working on and contributing the photography to their portfolio. Congrats on the new office and design!
Last month I was included in an interview series by the UK photography website
MPB that highlighted women architectural photographers from around the world.
It felt great to be included, I love doing what I'm doing. To read my interview
and to check out the other six photographers click here.
The Color Factory is a feast for your eyes. Last fall I photographed the spaces at the NYC location and it was interesting to watch the public interact with the props and exhibitions. The way the experience is set up is an Instagrammers dream but in a larger sense, I think we're all in need of playful, colourful surroundings. The spaces are created by a variety of artists and designers and provide immersive activities in a visually-appealing, graphic, Willy Wonka-esque wonderland. Beginning in San Francisco and expanding to NYC and Houston, it's a fun fantasy break if you're visiting a sometimes grey and monotonous city.
Last fall I spent some time in New York and on the drive back to Canada I stopped at Manitoga in Garrison, NY. Manitoga (1941-61) is a midcentury modern house designed and built by industrial designer Russel Wright and his business partner and wife Mary. Wright is most known for his mass produced ceramic dinnerware line, American Modern. The house was terraformed into a piece of land formerly used for logging and as a quarry. I love how the stone is incorporated into the home as the floor and stairs. The home studio is connected to the main house with a trellis covered in leaves. The site and relationship to the landscape is reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright's Falling Water in Pennsylvania.
I worked with Scotiabank HQ and Shoalts and Zaback Architects to capture the exterior and interior spaces of the renovated Scotiabank in downtown Kingston. I love seeing new architecture get integrated within heritage buildings. It's an elegant way to keep the history of a city while continuing to grow around it to create visible layers of time.
After my shoots in Vancouver last month I flew down to San Francisco for the next two I had scheduled. Luckily they were located within half a block from each other so I didn't have to spend too much time in traffic. Situated in the cute Hayes Valley neighbourhood is Mejuri's new location. The Canadian based company has headquarters in Toronto and stores in LA, NYC, Boston and coming soon to Austin. I worked with DS Studio to photograph the interior space and capture the details of the modern bohemian aesthetic.
Congrats to my client Haeccity for getting their Armoury District condo renovation in Vancouver published on Dwell! It was a fun project to photograph. Click to read more..
I spent the month of December in Egypt with friend and colleague Dina Sarhane of DS Studio. We traveled to Cairo to study their community recreational spaces located throughout the city, called Nadys. While in Cairo we met with the dean and head of the architecture department at The American University in Cairo. During our meeting we had a tour of the campus and were invited to visit the rare book collection to see original drawings of Cairo from the late 1800s and early 1900s. We then visited the architecture library and were shown original drawings by noted Egyptian modernist architects, Hassan Fathy and Ramses Wissa Wassef. Such a treat to see the two different drawing sets and styles. Stay tuned for more posts on our Egyptian adventure..
Photographing Philip Johnson's Glass House (1947-49) in Connecticut has been on my shoot list for a long time and I finally had the opportunity to cross it off while on a road trip from Boston to New York. It was perfect weather to experience the site, minimal house and out buildings. One of my favourite parts of photographing a mid-century modern house is imagining all the interesting conversations and wild parties. The modernists knew how to entertain!