log: colomina on corbu

Beatriz Colomina has written the following in Domus

Le Corbusier was one of the first global jet set, the details of the jetliner influencing his designs. The exhibition shows us how the high vistas of his transatlantic journeys also provided new points of view; the aeroplane nothing less than “a flying camera lucida” (curator, J.L. Cohen) whose perspectives would feed into his overarching visions.


She continues to be a major reference point and inspiration for this investigation of mine.


diary: the professional paradox

Currently shooting finnair for Helin & Co.  They have been wonderful to work for in terms of respect, clarity, reliability, remuneration and interpersonal relationships.  Together with MJP I would put them as my top favourites, as far as work goes.  They are consummate professionals.

On the other hand, their designs are conservative (though again here they produce a high quality produce with every last detail carefully considered and overseen during construction) and this reflects in the type of photography they commission.  I have now shot the parliament for them, two villas, 2 corporate headquarters with a third coming up in November.  I understand and appreciate their work.  But I cannot push the envelope for fear of pushing my luck.  Herein lies the paradox.  I am least adventurous for the best clients and more adventurous for the worst.  A stake in what you are doing must be looked at as the underlying reason for all this conservative behaviour in commissioning, shooting, publishing.

Architect/designer here.Architect/designer here.HOWEVER, I have sent them a few graphic ones.  Let’s see if they slip through…

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research log: next stage of shooting

I have been busying myself with the messiness and business of life in order to get away from standard operating procedure.  Now it is time to go to the other extreme and shoot hyper clean images that go beyond the sterility of standard arch photo and get nearer to the sort of thing seen in rendering.  Black white grey to begin with, and hopefully also yellow and blue.  The idea would be to drop and and take out elements as well as desaturate the backgrounds to make buildings stand out.  Some influences below.

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