I’ve always enjoyed architectural photography / commercial real estate photography. There is a sense of inner harmony – working with the available light, looking for leading lines and the best angles to create a compelling photo. While commercial real estate / architectural photography isn’t necessarily more or less difficult than other types of photography, I enjoy photographing buildings as the experience provides a zen-like sense of calmness in my body and mind. Sure, the stakes are high when shooting for architects, commercial realtors, and builders (as they are investing in quality images for their marketing materials), but exploring the building and finding the ‘one best way’ to make a statement with it is a tranquilizing task.
While my architectural photography business is based in Greenville, SC, Atlanta will always be home (I spent the first 18 years of my life there). Greenville is a great place for my studio to plant a flag – its less than 2 hours from Atlanta, Charlotte, Columbia, Asheville, and myriad other cool places. Day trips to each of the above are quite convenient. Plus Greenville is growing as an economic center in the Southeast.
Due to my portfolio, my familiarity with Atlanta and my connections to the area, I was recently hired to photograph one of John Portman’s office complexes in Atlanta. In Atlanta, Portman is probably best known for the Marriott Marquis, the Suntrust Plaza and the Peachtree Plaza amongst other buildings. His style oftentimes incorporates elaborate indoor atriums. My undertaking was to shoot Portman’s North Park Town Center complex. It is a fairly unassuming series of buildings just outside of I-285 in the backyard of my Sandy Springs stomping grounds.
With this particular shoot, due to the layout of the North Park office complex, I was more or less working against time. Arriving too early and too much of the terraces would be covered by the other buildings’ shadows. Arriving too late and the harsh mid-day sun would create ugly rigid shadows and over-exposed highlights that would detract from the building’s ambience. Arriving around 8 am I scurried up to the 5th floor and nabbed a few images of one of the outdoor terraces as well as some compelling exterior shots of the main building. The link below opens a gallery with some of my images. Your thoughts?