Winter tradition dictates I perform my annual portfolio update. An exercise that provides great joy and a sense of achievement, while requiring a critical eye to distill an entire year's work into a concise presentation. [Really, the whole process stresses me out.]
Looking back at 2013, it was certainly an incredible year. I photographed work in four different countries [US, UK, Switzerland, & Iceland]. State side, it seemed I was bouncing from state to state working on a number of terrific projects. Many miles were traveled. Some highlights...
It seemed like much of my time in Columbus was spent around Nationwide Children's Hospital. Working with MKSK on the new urban park surrounding the new patient tower and research building. Adjacent to the hospital was Livingston Park, a project completed in tandem between MKSK & Meyers + Associates. Just down the street was DesignGroup's Maloney Health Center. It's incredible see so much quality design work being concentrated in a redeveloping urban area. It'll be exciting to see these projects as the area continues to become a vibrant, well connected urban neighborhood.
One of the more rewarding projects I worked on was with SHP Leading Design at The Ohio State school for the Deaf & Blind. I had the pleasure of working the incredible students as they were so patient, helpful, and very sweet during our photo shoots. Just being in the numerous buildings on campus and spending time with the client, I learned so much about accessible design. Incredible learning experience.
Every year there are transformation stories, last year was no exception. It was very rewarding to see Thom Stauffer's Shaker House throughout the entire process. My good friends at Mode Architects completed a few slick transformation projects with 374 Spring & ROLL Bike Shops. Perhaps most notably of the bunch was Robert Maschke's interior transformation of Wright State Student Center.
Lincoln Street Studio in partnership with Clark & Post completed a sister building to their original project at Lorain County Community College. SMART Labs delicately sited amongst its natural landscape, while connected via a pretty cool glass bridge.
SmithGroupJJR, kept me busy in DC. We began work together at the Naval Exchange, a retail center at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda. We would continue working together on the photography of the World Bank H Building in downtown Washington DC.
Meanwhile in Long Island, long time client Stelle Lomont Rouhani had me photograph two small residential projects. First, famous fashion photographer Richard Avedon's former dark room is now a lovely little guesthouse. I also photographed a fancy art pavilion + garage. Both wonderful little projects. I had the pleasure of working with James Merrell Architects, on a terrific house with warm interiors and very smart detailing.
Working with Tim Lai & Brad Steinmetz on Willow Theater in Cardiff, Wales was a real treat. We were faced with harsh photography conditions, fighting crazy winds and often cloudy skies, we certainly made the most of it. From there I traveled to the outskirts of Zurich to photograph Hasenacher, the exceptional house designed by Stelle Lomont Rouhani. What a special place.
Of course, if you've been following the blog at all, you know I went to Iceland. I really really liked it.
Back state side, I worked on two very special editorial projects. Early in the year, The Cultural Landscape Foundation tasked me to photograph two projects in support of their retrospective of landscape architect Daniel Kiley. I was sent to Columbus, Indiana where I focused on the landscape's outside Eero Saarinen designed North Christian Church, and the Irwin Union Bank. This work is now on display at the National Building Museum. Additionally, Architect Magazine commissioned me to photograph the beginning stages of demolition at the famous Prentice Women's Hospital in Chicago, designed by Bertrand Goldberg. This was so difficult for me. I spent the six hour drive imagining the iconic structure half ripped open, exposed...lost to us. Sadly—thankfully? I'm not sure, but it hadn't reached that point yet. It was an honor to contribute to this story, on a topic a care greatly about. The preservation of modernism, we need to do more.
It was my pleasure to work on these projects and numerous others. A gigantic thank you to all my clients, family and friends...I could not do this without you. Thank you.