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Today, Behnam and I spent a few hours helping our professor Phil Freelon prepare for his exhibition here at MIT. He resides and has his own firm ( Freelon Group ) in North Carolina while flying in weekly in the Fall semester to teach professional practice. Recently Obama Appointed Phil Freelon to US Commission of Fine Arts. Here are some Photos…. nothing too exciting, but learning about things outside of architecture and life. It really allows me to see the more human side of professors
rettuc said the following:
Geezz where do u live there is nothin around my house worth taking pics of
I live in Boston.
The whole idea is to try to take something not so interesting and present it in a new light. In doing so, you not only get to express it artisticly in your own light but show things that only you can see. Because anyone can travel and get good photos. You just want to present it in the best way you can through your own experience, and your technical knowledge of photography.
So thanks to a friend of mine, Victor, I got to try out this very special form of photography. The setup is kinda getto. But I’ve learn that with directional light, it can do wonders for you.
I went to UC Berkeley to day to use Wurster Library so I can do some research and brainstorm possible Thesis Topics. Its proving harder than usual. I’ve recently been conflicted with doubts of continuing Architecture as a profession. I guess its because I’ve always question my ability to create. My friends have always told me I had a good approach toward composition, lighting, and problem solving. However, I’ve been finding that to design, one must spend weeks if not months to research wat is the that we are designing. In other words, what’s the issue. I like to design things under the order of : ISSUE, POSITION, and MANIFESTATION. I’ve been doing this since I entered Grad school. But I understand that in the contemporary architectural practice, there’s never enough time do do this and clients want it faster and faster. After practicing for a few years and I realized many practicing architects of today are often forced (forced as in limited time and budget) to design without actually figuring out what is it they are trying to solve. Everything comes to aesthetics, and that my friend is a matter of opinion. The ones that do the research usually are the best architects in the world, but they are pinned to 18 hr work days, many unpaid interns (slaves), and often have a questionable marriage because of the amount of time they spend at work……….. (some of you know what im talking about). If not, the movie “Click” starring Adam Sandler. Exaggerated, but not too far from the truth. I’m not sure I can be or work like that…….
So I woke up feeling really crappy. Pretty much stayed home all day, didn’t do much just shot a few around the house before sundown. I’m getting more used to IR, but its difficult to get the right amount of pixel quality.
Napa valley is the wine country of the west coast. My friend Kelvin hooked me up with some free wine tasting vouchers and we got to try out a bunch of wine @V.Sattui Winery [Link]. We got there late and unfortunately didn’t get to do much photography, but what I have, I really enjoyed shooting. Getting more used to IR photos. I forgot to shoot in RAW and well…… it turned out JPeg was ok, but there’s a lot of artifacts. Check it out.
Pinole is an interesting place.The name is odd so this is what Wikipedia said.
The name derives from “pinole”, a Native American word for a kind of flour made from the seeds of maize, chia, and various other grasses and annual herbs. An expedition under Pedro Fages was said to have run out of provisions while exploring the area, and been fed pinole by a local village, and so the Spaniards named their camp “El Pinole”.
Crystal Springs + Seal Point Park
San Mateo is a suburb about 30 miles south of the City of San Francisco. While it isn’t typically a tourist attraction, I find that it has some of the most scenic hilly landscapes in the bay. I watched a sunset and a sunrise there and I find it absolutely magical.
I’ve been obsessing this for a while now and finally I got a chance to try it out. So I’ve always wanted to create something that looked unrealistic that had a sense of speed in it. The shoot involved mounting a tripod to my Mazda MX 5 and shooting a bunch of pictures while driving to and in San Francisco.