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Archive for the ‘architecture’ Category

Renovation Over – Almost!

 

 

 

 

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Click on any image in this blog post to see it in a LARGER size. The pictures look better this way!

Our renovation is (almost!) over. If you missed the blog post from early in the process, see Renovation-Part One. We began in mid August and so it’s been about 3 months. We’re letting go of the memories of dust and just enjoying the space now. These are pendant lights over one of the two islands in our kitchen.

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This is the view from our family room back towards the kitchen. We knocked down the wall between the kitchen and this room to open up the space. “Knocking down the wall” sounds easy, but it involved new steel beams and moving lots of wires and pipes.  Still not quite sure how our general contractor, Brian Dean, of Bryan & Brian, pulled this off, but did.

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This is a view from the kitchen over the two islands out towards the family room. The chairs on the far left are waiting for their table – hopefully coming next week.

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This view is across the family room, with part of the kitchen on the left. it’s hard to see unless you click to enlarge the picture (subtle hint), but at the top you can see our Big Ass Fan. That’s really the brand name.

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In this image, you can see part of the dining room through the kitchen on the right, and our front hall on the left. It’s great that we can now sit in our dining room and see all the way to the back yard.  But we love eating at the island, so we may never use the dining room again.

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Shooting interior spaces is tough, because of the mix of light. In the picture above, note the blue cast to the natural light on the right half, and warm tones in the kitchen from the halogen lights. If this were a project for a client, I’d work the light a bit differently.  But these images are just for me – and for you!

Stay tuned for more pictures in a day or so. My good friend Teddy (age 7) has been faithfully blowing the leaves off our deck, but I see in this last image below it’s time for him to come back!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Architectural Interiors

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This past fall, I had the privilege of doing a project for Joe Bruno of Darien Woodworking. Joe designs and builds beautiful custom-made cabinetry and millwork. We photographed some of his creations in four gorgeous houses in Fairfield County, for Joe’s website and marketing materials.

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I’ve done some architectural photography, but I leaned heavily for advice on my good friend, Will Austin, a Seattle-based photographer who specializes in architectural photography. Thanks so much for your invaluable help, Will!

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Shooting architecture is hard! You want to be sure your vertical lines are – vertical. Then there are all the usual issues of composition, exposure, perspective and color balance. The goal was to represent Joe’s work in the best possible “light.”  I was assisted in the shoot by Joe’s wife, Gretchen, a partner at 341 Studios, who helped with styling the images, providing another creative eye, holding lights and a host of other things. Many thanks, Gretchen!

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These homes are lived in. This added a bit of stress – we obviously wanted to be careful not to disturb (or – gulp – break!) any of the possessions as we moved around with light stands, tripods, etc.  Also, we wanted to work fairly quickly so we didn’t impose too much on the homeowners’ time. But everyone was truly gracious, accommodating and friendly.

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I learned a lot on these shoots and look forward to doing more architectural work. Thanks, Joe, for the opportunity. I hope the images will help you land a lot of new work in 2014 and beyond!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Philip Johnson’s Glass House – in the Rain

 

It was a cold, rainy, gloomy day. Surely the program would be cancelled. But no, we went ahead; I’m glad we did.

Philip Johnson’s Glass House, in New Canaan, CT, is an icon of modern architecture. I’d visited and photographed it several times before. On Wednesday, we photographed it in less than ideal conditions. The Glass House runs occasional “En Plein Air” days, for artists to come and paint, photograph or even write poetry on the beautiful grounds. This time, it was just my photographer friend, Sally, two guides, and me.

One of my photography mentors gave me very good advice some years ago. If you wait for perfect conditions – the right subject, the right weather, the right time of day, etc. – you’ll miss a lot of terrific shooting opportunities. Instead, he said, take in what is in front of you right now. Be receptive to the idea that a great photograph can be made of a “dull” subject or on a dull day. At The Glass House this week, I stood under my umbrella and just studied the house and the landscape. Slowly, I became aware of the beautiful muted colors and imagined Mr. Johnson sitting in his house on such a day looking out at the same views I was seeing.

I liked the image below because the two women were framed by the two willow tress beyond.

 In this image, Sally checks her camera settings – and provides a sense of scale for the house.

Aside from the Glass House, there are several other buildings on the site that Johnson designed, including this one, which has no straight lines in it.

Last Fall, I photographed The Glass House in very different weather. See some of those images here. Do I like shooting on a clear day? Sure. But I cherish the opportunity to take pictures in any kind of weather. Here’s one of the images from last Fall. As always, your questions or comments are welcome.

 

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.