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.
In preparation for Canada’s phased plan to re-open its economy, I have adapted my shooting style and will be adhering to proper safety guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. I am committed to continuing to provide my clients with the award winning photography they require.
For location shoots I will be practicing social distancing with a face mask and preferably where possible, be on site alone. Accessories and furniture will be left untouched as to minimize physical contact of surfaces. Any residential shoots will be at the discretion of the homeowners, if the home is occupied, and their agreement to being off site while I’m photographing. Non-residential shoots will require arranging very specific shoot times as to avoid encountering others as much as possible. As I mostly work solo with little human interaction, exterior photography will continue as previously undertaken and building requirements will be arranged beforehand. As some projects often require human activity to populate the architecture, documenting spaces may now require the absence of people to ensure a healthy and safe work environment. This provides exciting opportunities to focus on the design of the space in abstract and composed detail.
I recognize the severity of our global emergency and will work to ensure the comfort of my clients, myself and others as we all adjust to these new considerations. I’m always available through email to discuss procedures more thoroughly and look forward to working with you again soon. Stay safe!
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!
I stopped by my old alma mater, Carleton University, to photograph Chmiel Architects renovation of the lobby at Robertson Hall. The white makes it look so bright and futuristic compared to how I remember it.
Check out Canadian Architect's post about the installation on the University of British Columbia's campus designed and built by School of Architecture + Landscape Architecture. I had the opportunity to work with Joe Dahmen and SALA again to photograph construction and the final design.