08 Feb Barry Price Architecture, Portrait Session.
Going way back to even before I got heavily into photography and music, I had an attraction to the idea of architecture, and being an architect. I even took a high school class on drafting and really liked it. I have since been a fan of modern design and modern architecture. I feel like the two go hand in hand. I have had the immense pleasure and honor to have worked with an architect that I really admire, Thomas Contigiacomo. He helped with the modernizing and reconfiguring of the house that I now live in. In talking to him and though his recommendations I learned so much more about what was possible. That was now over 10 years ago and in that time I have had the new pleasure to meet another architect. A local visionary by the name of Barry Price. Many of you know him as father and a husband but there is so much more. I had met a while back with Barry as I was totally excited by what I saw on his web site and what he would share on Facebook. So we sat down over a cup of coffee and talked a little about how we share our work, and how we try to get people excited about what we do. As many commercial creatives know, hearing other artist perspectives in business can be fascinating. Anyway, I digress, one thing that did come out during the conversation was the fact that Barry was going to update his website, and he needed a new portrait of himself. He told me he was interested in doing something interesting, and was not wanting a straight head shot. We thought about doing something with reflections.. My thought was to have many of the elements of Barry’s design aesthetic within the image. His ability to combine modern design, with natural elements, steel, and concrete and make it all look like it belongs together is innate.
Jump forward to last month, when Barry tells me that his site is coming together and he is ready to move forward with his portrait. This just happens to coincide with a wintery January, during a cold snap. Outdoor shoots in January can be tough, but this day was ok, we had a sunny day with temps in the 30’s. Barry tells me that he has several homes we can visit and one that’s actually being built.. Cool!
The first house we visit is up on the mountain with great views of the reservoir. The structure is dark, with glass, steel, and wood.. All of his elements on full display.
So the idea for me was to shoot these elements that I could then later combine in Photoshop and create a double/triple maybe quadruple exposure final image. So we walked and talked as I snapped away around the property with Barry explaining what went into this particular project.
I then shot some straight shots of Barry who was pretty relaxed in front of the camera.
We packed up and went to the second home. This was even more fascinating, a uber modern house in the woods. Barry explained that this house was built from the ground up to passive house standards, basically this means the house is constructed like a big Thermos. Sixteen inch thick insulated walls and triple glazed windows insure that it is super efficient. Warming and cooling these types of homes costs a fraction of what a normally constructed home would..
So we shot some more and went on to the last home which was getting an addition added onto to it. This home showcased another material Barry likes to use which is concrete. The raw concrete walls made for great tactile backgrounds. Also it made for great textures to use in my composites. We shot a few more portraits there.
I had enough material at this point to satisfy my needs. But Barry gave me a gift, he took me to a home that was just being constructed.
This last part might just be my favorite. Seeing a completed and decorated home is one thing, but to see how one of these passive homes is made was a real treat. We arrived onto the site as the roof line was being lowered onto the house by massive crane. Basically all the exterior walls of the home are manufactured in a factory elsewhere and transported to the site on trailers.. The crew then assembles the pieces into a super tight package. Once fully assembled, which can rapidly take place well under a month, the contractors can start work on the interior aspects. So cool.. I told Barry as we parted that afternoon that I was so jazzed by seeing his work, I just wanted to plow my house down and start fresh, with him at the helm!.. After studying what I got that day I started playing. This is what I came up with. In the end Barry chose a couple images, I will let him show you what he went with when his site goes live. I love them all..