Friday, June 23, 2017

The Places I Go

If you think the life of an architectural photographer is glamorous think again.  A recent assignment had me at the offices of the Chief Medical Examiner.  I was assured there would be nothing too overwhelming and they were true to their word.  I found the physical environment to be very calm and the staff were very courteous.  You can take it from me that you do not want to be on a gurney heading through these doors; if so your day has not gone well at all.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Seven Up

 There's a British TV series called 'Seven Up'.  The premise is that in the 1960s a group of children were selected to represent a typical cross section of British citizens.  They came from all walks of life and from different regions.  The plan was to check in with them every 7 years to see how theirs lives had played out, hence the series name.  I think in the last installment the 'children' were aged 49.

I photographed this family for the first time in 2010 and we did a retake in 2017; hence 'Seven-up'.  One of their dogs has departed and a cat has been added to the family.  And of course the son has grown - a lot!  We decided to do a retake of this photo from 2010.

Friday, June 9, 2017

More to a Casino than Blackjack

There's more to a casino than slot machines, roulette and card games.  Billiards for instance.  This is one of the lounge areas in the Grand Villa Casino in Rogers Place.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Recent Projects - Not Your Normal Business Portrait

On average I probably photograph about 100 people a year, usually for business or to support some sort of career or scholarly opportunity.  This fellow is a friend of mine who asked me for the usual head-and-shoulders shots and about half way through our session he told me he wanted to have some shots that had a lot of expression ranging from shocked disbelief to eureka moments.  These would be used on a blog he has or maybe in some course material that he puts out.  Thankfully he's a bit of a character who quickly realized that this part of our session would be more performing art than simply smiling nicely.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Recent Projects

Photographing a working hospital emergency department presents a few challenges.  Firstly, they are - not surprisingly - open all hours and are therefore well populated and secondly they tend to have a lot of clutter around.  By slowing the shutter speed any people in the shot become blurred.  To make the place look less messy I compose the shot carefully, move what can be moved or wait for someone to come along and strategically block out the offending article.

This is the recently renovated ER at the Royal Alexandra Hospital; photographed for the architects.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Recent Projects - Grand Villa Casino

One of the challenges with interior photography is the varying temperature of the lighting sources. Fluorescent, incandescent, halogen and LED lighting produce light at different colour temperatures resulting in photos that feature some areas having a greenish or blueish cast while other areas in the photo look just fine. Interior Designers expect the colours of the materials they've selected to be shown correctly in all areas of the picture; this requires careful blending of several images together to achieve an acceptable result.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Recent Projects - Grand Villa Casino

Atlas Steak and Fish is the fine dining restaurant on the Grand Villa Casino in Rogers Place, Edmonton.  Photographed for the architects and general contractor.