Good Morning! – Still exploring the Hall here and reworking some older pieces. I love to go back to work I already did and finding new ways to express what is already captured. In the case of the first photograph I re-toned the piece and added a texture to make it more dramatic and emphasize the morning light. And on the second I went back to one of my favorite angles and explored the natural texture of the metal this time. I used a cream tone on this final version to complete this monochrome set of two.
If lines can be sexy and metal seem warm this is Gehry for you…..please enjoy them.
Gateway in the morning..
Hall in Grey…
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Good morning!…..today I am attaching two photographs taken March 2012 while visiting my main ‘hang-out” in Los Angeles – Gehry’s Concert Hall. Again the emphasis is on the lines and their flow and they intend to present the strength of the ‘metal’ in two different ways….at night (with the sky totally blackened / monochrome) and during the day, softer, calmer. Again it pays to return to a certain site over and over to push the boundaries of imagination and see what the day tells you; how the light plays its game on that day. I often do that, return to the same place many times to see what I forgot, retrace my steps, talk to the building sort of thing. Hope you enjoy them……
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This morning a couple of entries to further illustrate the passages or transitions at the Hall….again, going from place to place within a structure plays a major role and I believe it to be the responsibility of the architect to take this into account – I think it should definitely be part of the experience – Gehry is an expert at this, making it seamless for you to go from “here to here”. A word of advice when you are caught in these transitions…..look up – every couple of steps; some parts seem to kiss (an example of this in my next blog)
Please enjoy these two entries – note the ‘Escher’ quality of the first one
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We are getting there I feel – presenting various faces of the Hall….. || Couple of facts first if I may – The outside of the Hall is open all day long, and through the night as I said before, BUT, if you go between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. you can tour the inside, FYI – you can get an electronic audio tour device *for free* and you can follow the path via prompts and signs, or stick it in your back pocket and do your own thing. First timers, follow the guide, return it and go back to capture your photographs, so get there by ten.
The inside is beautiful but dedicated to the practical side of this building. It doesn’t disappoint, and you are free to roam AND if you are lucky you get to see both stages. There is an open one off to one end of the Hall, with plastic chairs of various colors all lined up to receive I’d say over 200 people, and it sweeps up surrounded by a giant wave of wood panels that provide not only great acoustics but make for a very sexy open room. Then there’s the main auditorium complete with a very impressive organ – this is where the LA Philharmonic concerts are performed, as well as many others, including some rock and roll gigs and popular music in general . If the orchestra is not rehearsing, you are allowed a fairly good peek into this perfect concert room, although you can only go in so far (cordoned off about half way down). Note: I have been there countless times and I was only able to go in once , sit and chill for about 15 minutes. Here is the funny part; I was so happy to be there that I didn’t take a single photograph……ugh!
Let’s get to some photos – nough words….
Number one: Heavy Metal – here I have tried to show an inner passage from above. It shows more complex geometry and how warm the metal can become as the light bathes it. As a side note on this particular photograph: I have the honor of having it hanging on permanent exhibition in Catanzaro, southern Italy. It sits among 64 other works chosen from 64 different photographers from around the world. All the photographs are mounted on aluminum backing and sit about 3 X 3′ and they line the hallways of a huge cancer ward, providing hospital patients with visual relief from their daily ordeals. The exhibit is called “A look beyond” (“Lo sguardo oltre” in Italian), a fitting title I would say. A talented italian photographer, architect and great humanitarian named Maria Luisa Corapi, conceived the idea and called on all of us to produce an original piece for this project and we responded in unison and immediately – I chose the piece below first and foremost for the patients and because it represents what I do and a Los Angeles landmark – but also for her, to honor her initiative – this photograph to me speaks of complexity (and life can certainly be complex), of paths and options. and light at the end of the tunnel (hope in this case). Perhaps as the patients walk the halls of the hospital they stop by this representation of the Hall and wonder, let go, and for a minute they forget what they are going through.
Second post – Night. The hall stands on its own at night, street reflections and the moon are enough, but on concert days it dresses up – an arm lifts from the back of the structure to provide great reflections and it is illuminated from across the street via several reflectors courtesy of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion (our Opera House). It shines guys, I said go at 10 a.m.?…..go back at night!…..I popped in and took this abstract, which I textured a bit, because it needed it for a wee bit more drama.
Third shot – some fantasy, but real – the moon peeks, showing a portion of the ‘shiny’ panels mentioned in my first blog. I saw a cradle for the sky, a bit of blue among so much brown, green and silver. I made it a bit painterly to focus the eye on the story – please enjoy it, it’s all real, but who knows…….it’s architecture!
There’s more…..huff, puff and time mediating. Ty for coming by, and if you are there gimme a shake – say hi.
Fourth installment wants to show the Hall in three different instances – calm, frisky and “kick ass” Piercing the Sky (the wave finally breaking)….sometimes when I see the Hall I think of an ocean, very fitting to southern California and in this instance, a nice break from the downtown old fashioned brick and mortar structures…..Please enjoy!
Frisky, as waves that stir and carry the power to be…
Piercing the Sky…..the wave finally breaks.
Abstractness in architecture, details, superimposed plates of stainless steel that free the imagination – at least mine. Thank you for visiting……
January 22 – 2nd post – I have already received very positive feedback from friends, twitter pals and facebook fans. I’m encouraged to continue with this voyage through Gehry and his Disney Concert Hall.
I have never met Frank Gehry, but I feel I know him nevertheless…through one of his masterpieces, the Hall as I call it. For one, it is one of the few buildings in LA you can feel comfortable in while shooting photography. You can go there at noon, late in the day, at midnight, dawn, and never be pressured to leave or be given the “evil eye” by security. LA is a tough city and everyone wants a permit or cites the Freedom Act to literally throw you out….I mean, I’ve been escorted out of public malls for crying out loud. But back to reality: the DCH opened October 2003 to reveal a symphony of peaks and valleys made up of polished stainless steel metal plates to great reviews. With one exception that soon became apparent, the reflective qualities of the surface were amplified by the concave sections of the Founders Room walls. Soon, some residents of the neighboring condominiums suffered glare caused by sunlight that was reflected off these surfaces and concentrated in a manner similar to a parabolic mirror. It is said that even planes flying above would be affected by this glare. The resulting heat made some rooms of nearby condominiums unbearably warm, caused the air-conditioning costs of these residents to skyrocket and created hot spots on adjacent sidewalks of as much as 60 °C (140 °F). After complaints from neighboring buildings and residents, the owners asked Gehry Partners to come up with a solution. Their response was a computer analysis of the building’s surfaces identifying the offending panels. In 2005 these were dulled by lightly sanding the panels to eliminate unwanted glare. All together tho, it stands tall as one of the most beautiful examples of contemporary architecture…
For this second installment I chose “Disney in the Spring”, a photograph I took about three years ago now in one of the many inner passages of the Hall. To me it represents a conversation between the organic and the non-organic, metal reflecting nature and nature enhancing metal, tinting a seemingly cold material and turning into a canvas of sorts. This piece is unique in that the tree depicted is now overgrown and this scene will never be repeated (such is the wonder of photography) and not only the colors but the light are very different these days…I hope you like it and will allow me to show more examples of this building in subsequent posts.
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Welcome to this, my first blog – I’ve opened this page in an attempt to introduce you to my art, my vision, through what has become my passion: photography. My focus is on architecture and abstracts based on architectural form. My message is simple; to capture the poetic essence of a structure without regard to its function, and let the viewer “decipher” the rest using his or her imagination, your imagination….thus creating a sense of interaction.
Below is my first post (click to enlarge) in an upcoming series relating to the work of one of the world’s most famous architects, Frank Gehry – This particular piece was shot in 2009 at one of his most celebrated buildings, the “Disney Concert Hall” located in downtown in Los Angeles. Details: I tweaked the colors and added texture to further emphasize the sort of dance and sensuality that characterizes much of his work. Essence: Folds and paths lead you through the building in an astounding voyage of discovery that ultimately becomes as important as the real purpose of the building itself – in this case music as it was built to house the performances of the LA Philharmonic. Further posts will show the building ‘au naturel’, perhaps even more recognizable; but please bear with me as the story unfolds…Enjoy the trip, the paths of discovery and this ode to form!~)