Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Picking the Wright School
In August 1997 I paid my first visit to Taliesin West in Arizona. My brother lived briefly in Scottsdale, which was how I happened to visit this school of architecture founded by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright. At the time, I had a point and shoot film camera that had a VERY dirty lens. I was experimenting with 3D photography by manually moving the camera from one eye to the other. Not really very exacting, but still kind of cool. Here are a few of those photos brought to life through the miracle of FauxD©.
Because of some recent lemons-to-lemonade events in my life I found myself back in Arizona and was able to make a detour back to Taliesin West. I didn't have much time, but still managed to snap a few shots while there. It was interesting to see the differences in my composition 17 years later.
This time, I went in for a tight shot of this scary little dragon sculpture:
2014 version: shooting these beams at an angle makes a more compelling composition.
Also interesting to note that my camera was about as dirty as it was back in 1997; retouching those dirt spots is a pain in the arse.
This time, I attempted to capture the panoramic beauty of the landscape. Hope you enjoy as much as I did. Wright worked hard to get rid of the utility poles that were in his view; even contacted President Hoover. As you can see, he didn't get very far.
You can see the inspiration for Taliesin's logo in this rock:
You only got this tile "autograph" on your building if you followed Wright's instructions to a "T" with no changes. Very few of these exist.
If you ever get a chance to detour your way out to Taliesin West, do so…and be sure to take the tour. It is a more than worthwhile use of time that will give you a peak into the genius that was Frank Lloyd Wright.
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