Case Study – Industrial Scientific
Architects: CH2M Hill https://www.ch2m.com/what-we-do/industry/architecture, General Contractor: Mascaro Construction http://www.mascaroconstruction.com/ , and Industrial Scientific http://www.indsci.com/
20 interior and 10 to 20 exterior photos taken of the project.
A test shoot consisting of an in-depth tour of the facilities was necessary considering the size and scope of the project.
While listening to the various tour participants describe and discuss the design requirements and challenges faced for the project, I made about 85 unique photos to test various compositions using a handheld digital 35mm. The clients were presented with the 85 test photos and selected 23 test photos to be used as a guide for making the final photographs.
When looking for viable composition, the following criteria was considered but not limited to:
- Is the subject unique?
- Does it help to tell the story of the project’s design and construction?
- Does it convey a feature of the project?
After an extensive conversation with the architect, it was decided the exterior compositions were left up to my discretion. The following information about the building site and challenges had to be taken into consideration before shooting:
- The positioning of the building and how it was decided
- The need for mostly year round necessity for indirect light from North facing windows
- The view from the busy highway just below the building site
I visited the location no less than six separate occasions to capture compositions that told a story, were unique from a design perspective, and accurately explained the building and site. The exterior photography was accomplished over the course of three sunrises, two sunset, and one mid-day shoot.
The interior shoot was coordinated extensively with Industrial Scientific management, whom provided access to various locations based on the best daytime lighting and the supply of employees as models. A total of about 20 hours over two days were spent shooting the interiors.