LA Monuments: Disney Hall
In this series, LA Monuments: Disney Hall Sessions, I am engaging in a dialogue with the work of legendary architect Frank Gehry, who’s architecture has inspired me as an artist over the years. Frank Gehry brought motion, lyricism, symbolism and remarkable cubism to the structure of LA Philharmonic. As a former architectural photographer and narrative filmmaker with a lifelong love affair with abstraction and cubism, I yearned to take on the formal language and emotional impact of this amazing architecture. Perhaps one of the most photographed structures in Los Angeles, I felt challenged to bring a conversation to it that resonated emotionally and creatively. Representatively, the beauty of this structure has been captured thousands of times. Therefore, it was my intent to go against the grain of the traditional tenants of photography and exploit the limited nature of my medium, not unlike Frank Gehry did as architect. I pursued the idea of addressing as many of the various forms and milieu represented in this particular structure as possible: abstraction, cubism, motion, harmony and lyricism.
Methodology: it was important for me to limit myself to the photographic conventions and techniques of the 20th century while using my 21st century tools. In this work, I was using my Nikon digital SLR and photographed this subject matter by using in-camera multiple-exposure, camera movement and perspective change to achieve my desired capture. There is no Photoshop layering or other manipulation other than color/contrast and finishing. This method allowed me to brake down the delineation of this three dimensional object and reinterpret Frank Gehry's marvelous creation through my photographs. In the end, I aimed to take this conversation and bring it full circle.