The Guggenheim

You might guess from previous posts that I am inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s work.  While recently in New York City on a business trip I happened on the Guggenheim Museum in the Upper East End of Manhattan.  What a thrill.  The building is like none other you’ll see, especially as it shouts out to you from the sea of similar to one another buildings.  It’s no wonder Wright and his creation were so controversial when the museum opened up in 1959.

Twenty one influential artists signed a formal protest and refused to exhibit in the building.  They claimed that the intent of Wright was to overshadow the art is was displaying.  In 1992 the rectangular addition was added behind the  Guggenheim’s spiral strip beehive.

The controversy has ended and the Guggenheim is regarded by most today as an example of creative genius.

As striking as the building is on the outside, the inside of the museum is bold, beautiful, and elegant.

Frank Lloyd Wright – Greek Orthodox – Annunciation Church

Frank Lloyd Wright died in 1959 during his most prolific period of design and project commissions.  Projects during his last several years included the Guggenheim Museum in New York City and the Marin County Civic Center.  One of his last designs was of the Greek Orthodox Annunciation Church built in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.  Common to these three projects is the circular design element.

Designed in 1956, construction of the Greek Orthodox Church did not begin until after his death in 1959 and was completed in 1961.

While this shallow, domed design is not as attractive to me personally as most of his earlier work, there are some unique design attributes.

Lattice on Store Front

During the ’50s and 60’s many commercial buildings incorporated some sort of lattice grille into the front of the office building in an effort to simplify the geometry.  Some attach this technique to the mid-century architectural movement, popular at the time.  It’s been a long time since 1960 or so and the grille is showing it, but the effect is still striking.

From the Head of the Charles Regatta

The Charles River runs through some of the most beautiful, rich and exclusive Boston area.  Take a walk down below some of the bridges that span the iconic river and you see a different, equally stunning part of Boston.

There’s a fella that liked this bridge just south of MIT so much that he decided to call it home.  Just on the other side of the bridge is a NASA facility.

Calatrava – Art Museum

I was up early this weekend shooting in downtown Milwaukee during the earliest light before sunrise.  Once I was finished before the civil dawn, I thought I’d take the time to capture the sun rising over a low cloud-deck above Lake Michigan.  This landmark Art Museum building, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, makes an interesting foreground subject for a lakefront sunrise.

Here’s what the inside of this building looks like from a photo I took earlier this year:

This is what the building looks like when the wings are lifted:

FocalPoint

I’m not normally taken to mentioning products, plug-ins, or presets.  FocalPoint 2 from onOneSoftware is an exception I don’t mind making.  All of us don’t have the resources to buy $2,ooo f1.2 or tilt/shift lens that provide ultra shallow adjustable Depth Of Field.  This plug-in for Photoshop gives you tools that you otherwise might not be able to afford.  Here are a couple of examples where DOF was adjusted in post -processing using this plug-in: