Life in the City of Angels: Reinventing Rip Van Winkle

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Architectural photography is not my first choice for an assignment; I’m more of a run-and-gun photographer. But from years of overseas and domestic assignments I came to the realization that the kinetic structure of my knees are deteriorating and the pace of my stride is slowing. I live in my past as most men do my age, but reality is insidious and has a way of redirecting ones life. In a conversation with my brother Mark we discussed reinvention, evolution and acceptance as we age. I’ve witnessed him overcome incredible odds in La La Land (Hollywood) to becoming a very successful Producer while all along maintaining his integrity – which is the cornerstone of character. He now lives in the great Northwest freeing his spirit from the tragic and deviant characters of Hollywood. As T.S. Eliot said,

“We shall not cease from exploring,

And the end of our exploring

Will be to arrive where we started

And know the place for the first time.”

How appropriate, only recently has Mark rediscovered his passions that have lied dormant for several decades. One of which is using his hands to build and create – he is the only man I know who has built a home from the ground up.Keystone 0152 Master Email

So what does all this have to do with Architectural photography? My assignment was to photograph an older building that is being refurbished, redecorated and rehabilitated. While editing the images I suddenly became aware of the building name, Keystone, which is the central stone at the summit of an arch locking the whole together. I think of the camera as my cornerstone, holding my perception of the world together with its steel, plastic and glass.Keystone 0062 Master Email

I have heard that Architecture is like frozen music and is assembled in light that fills an empty space. So, are we architects of our own life? We lay our foundation in youth with education and life experiences as we try desperately to avoid the pitfalls as we whimsically journey to completion. It becomes apparent as we age to measure the space and spiritual dimensions of our past, the games we played and the poetic inventions of our heart. For some of us, we did this without a blueprint and struggled, but quickly learned that for every new situation and issue requires new architecture. Unlike Rip Van Winkle who wakes from the glassy bosom of Ale to find that twenty years have past, I woke to reinventing with a solid foundation to breaking new ground.Whitewater West

Life in the City of Angels: Pretty in Pink, Pink, Pink

Life in the City of Angels- Pretty in Pink, Pink, Pink

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Life in the City of Angels: Southern California Car Culture

imagesThe Petersen Automotive Museum is marking its 20th anniversary by commencing a complete exterior transformation and a dynamic redesign of the interior, resulting in a world class museum that will showcase the art, experience, culture and heritage of the automobile. The exterior design by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates is transforming the Petersen building into one of the most significant and unforgettable structures in Los Angeles. Long ribbons of stainless steel will wrap around three sides and over the top of the deep red building, making a visceral statement that evokes the imagery of speed and the organic curves of a coach-built automobile. The first image is an artist rendition of the completed project, the following images are a look behind the scenes of the construction of ribbons of stainless steel. Peterson_-10

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Life in the City of Angels: Architecture and Fifty Shades of Gray

 

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Life in the City of Angels: Street Photography to Architecture -It Pays the Bills.

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Picked up a new client in Jim Meltzer (Designer) of Alan Desk Business Interiors. Jim had just finished construction of the interior of the Keystone building in Culver City when he came up with the idea to decorate the hallways with original prints to compliment the black and white motif. So on an early Sunday morning, camera operator and pilot Joe Drago and I used his drone to photograph the aerials of the building shooting over 600 image on a GoPro. I spent the rest of the day shooting the building from different perspectives under varying lighting conditions. Later, Jim and I presented the clients three 13×19 samples: a color print, black and white print and California Impressionism print. The clients choose black and white to complete the upgrade. A special shout-out and thanks to my dear friend and Art Director Brandt Daniels for the referral.

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