With works collected from the past two years Justin Poulsen and I have finally finished assembly of my first architecture portfolio and the first portfolio that's being presented as a representation of the combined output of more than just myself. The samples contained within were all shot on 4x5 film and scanned with either the Microtek Artixscan M1 or with the Aztek DPL-driven Howtek Scanmaster 4500 drum scanner on a Horseman LE, Sinar X, Linhof Technikardan 45s, or a [jade green!] Toyo VX125 through lenses like the Calumet Caltar-II N 75mm F/4.5, the Schneider Super-Angulon XL 72mm F/5.6, and the Calumet Caltar-II S 135mm F/5.6. I have more details to discuss later but most of what I would discuss in a blog entry is already contained in the portfolio. Download a web-sized version here. The portfolio was designed for print presentation and currently one such copy exists, printed on Moab Entrada 190gsm bright white double-sided using the Epson Stylus Pro 9900 and bound in a Pina Zangaro 11x17" landscape oriented "Vista" post-bound album. If you would like to see the hard copy please contact Justin if you're in Calgary or elsewhere in southern Alberta or myself for Edmonton or anywhere else.
This image is a low resolution rasterization of the opening spread of the portfolio. See below for the full text from this spread. And be sure to check out the downloadable PDF version. I assure you that it's all buildings and no more photos of us.
I began as a fashion and glamour photographer and still attract a diverse stream of commercial fashion and advertising assignments but it wasnít until I began shooting architecture that I really began to see. In fashion advertising I took pride in being my clientís scalpel: a precise tool to be weilded by gifted and ambitious art directors. Architecture and architectural photography is about the symbiotic coexistence of natural and man-made environments and what is built. It is less about destroying and building and more about shaping and transforming. Therefore, in my practice of architectural photography I choose not to break down and reconstruct lighting from scratch and represent it explicitly. Instead I seek to enhance and amplify what I see with timing, composition, and camera work. I feel that this approach better conveys to the viewer not just literally what a space is but offers a sense of what the light and the space can do for them. Armed with this philosophy I became my own art director and these interiors and exteriors became my muses. This philosphy has begun to permeate back into my fashion and advertising work.
I met Justin Poulsen several years ago and was thrilled that he had developed an interest in 4x5 capture and technical photography. His interest and skill grew exponentially and when I realized I would need a strategic partner to complete certain assignments he was the first photographer I called. It is rare, if not impossible, to find another photographer who shares the same philosophy, technique, and preferred architectural shooting equipment as yourself and in Justin I definitely didnít find this rarity. Instead I have found someone more important; I have found a complement with very different characteristics compared to my own. I have chosen to develop my equipment list and skills with analogue cameras supported by some of the best digitization equipment while Justin tuned his kit and his abilities around a fully-digital workflow based on some of the highest performance and most coveted equipment available. My kit offers exotic optical rendition, analogue character, and full creative freedom with camera movement while Justinís kit offers grainless images with flawless pixel-level acuity and the short turnaround times associated with pure digital capture.
[12:52:19 AM] Klyment: Justin: did you work on your write up? [12:52:29 AM] Dylan: can i write it for you justin [12:52:36 AM] Dylan: itíll be funny [12:52:38 AM] Justin: not yet. In the middle of my essay [12:52:41 AM] Justin: okay dylan. u do it [12:52:45 AM] Dylan: LOL [12:53:27 AM] Justin: ...and go [12:53:33 AM] Dylan: too lazy [12:54:06 AM] Dylan: watching office and... medicating [12:54:14 AM] Justin: fuck off. ill pay u [12:54:18 AM] Justin: in jelly beans [12:54:22 AM] Dylan: black ones? [12:54:27 AM] Justin: yeah [12:54:31 AM] Dylan: fuck I love black jelly beans [12:54:40 AM] Justin: k good cuz i just spraypainted the whole bag