Library, High School #9, Los Angeles

Library, High School #9, Los Angeles

Wolf Prix, of the Vienna firm Coop Himmelb(l)au described the concept of this project as "chess pieces" on a board. I was excited to photograph the back of the library where the entrance | exit was not visible to show the remarkable cone shape with the elliptical pattern of tiles. Sometimes it's all about form and detail.

Black Box Theater, High School #9

Black Box Theater, High School #9

This facility is designed for improvisational theater, and television, with a handsome pattern of acoustical tiles on the wall. The lighting on the wall is mine – floor lights that were later removed in post.

Dance Studio, High School #9, Los Angeles

Dance Studio, High School #9, Los Angeles

I should appear in the mirror at the end of the room, because I could see myself in it while I was shooting. But I took myself out in post!

Colored Glass Gymnasium Wall, Inernational College of Beirut

Colored Glass Gymnasium Wall, Inernational College of Beirut

I had to set my tripod up high for this, and climb a ladder to shoot it. It took some time working all this out, and when I climbed up the last time and took hold of the cable release of my camera to make the picture, a luxury yacht shot out from behind the apartment building at left, going full speed across the water. My reflexes worked in my favor, and I pushed the button with exact (and lucky) timing. If I had wanted to set this shot up, it would have taken walkie talkies communicating with the captain, multiple tries, and at least half a day to pull it off.

Classroom with Chairs, International College of Beirut

Classroom with Chairs, International College of Beirut

Art Studio

Art Studio

The contrast ratio in this image was extreme and difficult to render while keeping a natural feeling of a room filled with natural light. Most photographers use High Dynamic Range processing to deal with this situation, as I did. When I use HDR, I do not want it to show and I go to extremes to make sure that it doesn't. HDR is a tool used to keep detail in the extreme highlights while maintaining detail in the shadows. The error that is too often made, is that it yields an artificial look to the image, and the subject of the work becomes the way the image was processed.

Parking Garage, International College of Beirut

Parking Garage, International College of Beirut

My father, a landscape designer, used to take me to a certain shopping center designed by a landscape architect with the last name of Martini. He always admired the fact that Martini had designed a parking lot with sidewalks running between the parked cars so people did not have to walk with their children in the traffic – safer, more convenient, and so much more civilized. I thought of my Dad when I shot this image.

Physical Plant, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center

Physical Plant, Providence Holy Cross Medical Center

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