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.
I had a couple extra days while I was in San Francisco so I drove up the coast to Sea Ranch. I've wanted to check it out for awhile but timing never seemed to work out. I arrived to a misty humid morning and thought the fog added a beautiful mystical quality to the waterfront site. The sea-weathered modern architecture took on the appearance of a herd of elephants looking over the ocean. As the sun slowly came out I made my way around the infamous grounds designed by architects Al Boeke, Joseph Esherick, Donlyn Lyndon, Charles Moore, Richard Whitaker, landscape architect Lawrence Halprin and graphic designer Barbara Stauffacher Solomon.
I was back in the Armoury District in Vancouver to photograph this project for Haeccity Studio Architecture. A two-storey apartment renovation, with feature stairs that have a continuous perforated metal screen connecting the entrance level to the living spaces above, styled to create a contemporary retro vibe.