Uh oh, environmental portraiture (almost)! What’s next gritty face closeups? Well, not quite, but I did have a fun year end scrambling about making this image of old heat exchange fans. The large fan paddles actually suck air from the room space down under the floor and force it through a heat exchange into the performance hall above. The fans are still in use going on 100 years, though the steam pipes on the left are the old inactive heat exchange. There are three of these fans in this room (one more behind me) and the long shaft goes all the way down out through the wall of the room into a separate space to the motor. There are even two more fans in the “attic” above the hall that work to pull air up and out.
Not CERN scale cool, but great vintage steam(punk) cool.
The image will run as a two page spread. Many thanks to George, who helps maintain the system, for stepping in on short notice.
I couldn’t help but make the first here after I saw it (made it on the way out, after covering the bases). I knew it wouldn’t make it with space constraints. The reason being that without the help of a heavy caption one understandably would assume the left wall of names is also from the Civil War (which it is not, World War II, I think). Anyway, point is outside of editorial clarity or expediency I like the architecturally formal strength here. In this I think I have a sense of space and a visually longer lasting image – the building lines are there to follow, loop back on, and interlock.
The second image as well was not published, as this whole wall was. I want to share this here because it is a good editorial image for me as it feels different than many I have made. It is closer of course, perhaps, but (and maybe it is just the subject matter) it feels more intense.
Images Made #1: Woolsey
I think the blog here is aptly named, though hopefully no non-meat eaters have been driven away. In the spirit of how things are made I’ve largely posted either behind the scenes views of some projects or called out other projects to showcase what I do. I’ve added a Projects page that largely takes care of the latter visually for larger projects, but I will still post mentions here too. With this post I want to start a series that shows more of how specific images are made. This is a simple one, but I think important in showing how an otherwise simple image is MADE, not captured. This is a distinction in understanding images – the images I make.
I see myself as an image maker and this is important in that I don’t see images “taken” or “captured”, instead MADE. Sometimes this is less artistically subjective in the photography of art (aka museum photography) where the making might be more about technical making (assembly) or in this case a more subjective, but not excessively produced image that uses a little foresight and an ounce of assembly.
This exterior image of Woolsey Hall in New Haven, CT was made to accompany interior images I made of the Civil War Memorial that lists both fallen Union and Confederate soldiers of Yale (look for an upcoming mention on those).
I photographed this back in the fall with the help of Turner Brooks and his associate Aaron, but publication was delayed an issue. There has been several previous articles on this collection and the preparation of the exhibit, but I was invited to make finished images of the space. A feature is running along with an article in the Yale Alumni Magazine. As well Architectural Lighting magazine picked up the story for their museum lighting issue.
You can see the full set of images I made as a featured project: Cushing Center.
Everyone needs a summer project, right?
Well I’ve been spending some time out at Yale’s West Campus lurking around the mostly empty buildings and parking lots.
The campus is huge and there are people out there working, like conservation staff from the Yale Art Gallery and a good portion of the Peabody Museum’s collection.
Here are a couple images, and the full set can be seen here.
Update: Check out the Yale Alumni Magazine article online here.