Making Photos vs Taking Photos: Adding Details to Help Tell the Story
The challenges that Covid have presented us with have spread throughout our economy and culture. Schools have been especially impacted. Education construction projects have gone forward even though students have been distance learning. This has resulted in complications in the way architectural photography is executed because projects are in a state of disarray.
Recently, we were asked to shoot architecture photos at the Garlough Environmental Magnet School in St. Paul. This elementary school focuses education on teaching their students about the many science based aspects of the environment.
As part of the interior design, the architect and the interior designers in Minnesota created a "green" wall meant to house living succulent plants. A few were planted before school was closed in March. None of them were maintained and, as a result, they all died.
The Minneapolis architect felt this was an important design element. They wanted us to illustrate the green wall. In order to create architectural images that would tell the story, we took a picture of the wall. In post processing, we added numerous succulent plants taken from a stock photo site, creating a much stronger visual narrative.
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