Saturday, June 11, 2016

Flight 93 Memorial

The memorial sits on a hill overlooking the crash site and the Wall of Names memorializes the 40 who died. A dark stone pathway marks the flight's path and bisects the memorial. A stone marks the exact crash site.

Flight 93 National Memorial is a tribute to the passengers and crew of United Flight 93 and is a place to explore and discover their inspiring story of courage and hope.

The designers have left a number of open areas along the primary processional route that are clearly intended for people to leave offerings, kind of like shrines.

The spirit of this memorial is embodied by forming a narrative of earth and sky, shadows and reflections leaving us with a memory of place.

While I walked the grounds I thought that by memorializing these 40 individuals as patriots, we have woven them into much larger story of our nation—and what it means to be truly American.

 The Entry Portal, set along the final trajectory of Flight 93.
 "A common field one day.  A field of honor forever".

The memorial marks this land as a place of violence and a place of healing and renewal.   
A wildflower meadow sweeping up the slopes above the Memorial Plaza at the crash site brings color and life to a once scarred landscape.   

In memory of those gallant passengers and flight crew members of United Airlines Flight 93 who defeated the terrorist hijackers and their intended purpose.  Blessed are the peacemakers!

Let's roll!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Quaker Park Business Campus, James Evangelista Architectural Photography

Quaker Park business campus is not the most spectacular looking building, but it is a highly functional and resourceful space with simple design made beautiful. The builder reached out to me to photograph this project, and upon arriving I knew I was in for a long day.  

All projects have problems to be solved and this one was no different. This specific problem was that I only had one day to photograph the space and I was seeing way to many angles that needed to be captured.  Through the process of elimination I selected 8 shots that would tell the story of this project the best and went to work.

Above is a behind the scenes look at me creating one of my favorite shots of the set.   

One of the most challenging aspects of lighting a wide shot of a space is finding places to hide my supplemental lighting.  My lights were tucked between a glass wall and a pillar.  

Each “pod” provides private offices, open bullpens, and virtual conference rooms to interconnect to their other global offices.  Emphasis of the design is to promote openness with fully glazed fronted offices, open ceilings, and office bullpens on exterior window walls.

I had a great time shooting and I want to thank the staff for being so accommodating.