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The Eames House or Case Study House No. 8, by Charles and Ray Eames Los Angeles, California. Photo: Quintin Lake

Located upon a cliff overlooking the Pacific Ocean, and hand-constructed in 1949 within a matter of days entirely of pre-fabricated steel parts intended for industrial construction, it remains a milestone of modern architecture. Designed by husband-and-wife design pioneers Charles and Ray Eames, to serve as their home and studio. The Eames’ proposal reflected their own household and their own needs; a young married couple wanting a place to live, work and entertain in one undemanding setting in harmony with the site. Perhaps the proof of its success in fulfilling its program is the fact that it remained at the center of the Eames’ life and work from the time they moved in (Christmas Eve, 1949) until their deaths.

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Gehry House at Santa Monica, California, designed by Frank Gehry. built in 1978 this was his first ‘Deconstructivist’ Building. Photo: Quintin Lake

Frank Gehry’s house built in 1978 in Santa Monica represented the first and radical steps of Deconstructivist movement in architecture. Gehry took his seemingly ordinary house in Santa Monica and began changing things in incredibly strange ways. He took a step beyond the playful reworkings of Postmodern architecture, where traditional design symbols were reinterpreted, and instead starting using materials and strategies few applied to architectural projects at the time. Gehry started by tearing the drywall off of interior walls to expose structural studs buried in the old house, then subtracted and added architectural elements seemingly without a coherent plan throughout the building. He added chain link and plywood to the exterior. His transformations were responses to various impulses and were allowed to coexist without a clear rhyme or reason, flying in the face of both Modernism and Postmodernism – designs from which were typically justified in terms of some kind of central concept. This house was the start of Gehry’s freestyle architectural expression which has culminated in recent times in his most well known buildings the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Walt Disney Concert Hall in downtown Los Angeles.


Detail of cast concrete Hollyhock motif on the western facade of Hollyhock House, Los Angeles designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. Photo: Quintin Lake

The Aline Barnsdall Hollyhock House,sits at the centre of in Barnsdall Art Park in East Hollywood, California, California was designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright 1919–1921. Like the Charles Ennis House, executed later, this house illustrates Wright’s fascination with the stylised forms of  pre-Columbian architecture, in this case Mayan temples. Wright called the style rather disingenuously California Romanza. The stylised patterns of hollyhocks repeated in cast concrete and the window design was due to the Aline Barnsdall’s fondness for the flower. The building was restored after undergoing extensive damage from the 1994 Northridge Earthquake.

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Oxfordshire based Developer Belmark Homes contacted me to reshoot a property as they felt the estate agent’s photographs didn’t do the property justice. Even though it looks like the estate agent used a wide angle lens and a tripod, which is better than most, the original pictures do not maximise the potential of the building. In my reshoot I have tried to convey the two strongest aspects of the house that are not conveyed in the first shoot: its rural setting and quality of materials and fittings. View my entire photoshoot of Fairlawne House here.

BEFORE Estate Agent's Front Exterior Photograph • Setting looks stark, like a housing estate not a rural setting • Building falls backwards, verticals not vertical • Sky highlights overexposed

AFTER: Front Exterior Photo by Quintin Lake • Leafy and quiet setting conveyed • verticals corrected

BEFORE: Estate Agent's Rear Exterior Photograph • Tree obscures building • Flat tonal exposure • Emphasis on less attractive facade of building

AFTER: Rear Exterior, Photo by Quintin Lake • Tree frames building • Attractive facade emphasised

BEFORE: Estate Agent's Kitchen Interior Photograph • Room appears small dark and gloomy • Off angle verticals distracting

AFTER: Kitchen Interior, Photo by Quintin Lake • Colour tone removed • perspective corrected • space lightened with off camera flash • room lights switched on add visual interest • wide angle lens shows width of room

BEFORE: Estate Agent's Bathroom Interior Photograph • bath room appears cold and small • doesn't show oak door or shower

AFTER: Bathroom Interior, Photo by Quintin Lake • warm tone added • oak door leads eye in to room and warms image • perspective corrected • wide angle lens used to include shower unit

Photographic documentation of an Iban (headhunters in historic times) longhouse built in the 1980’s housing 150 people in 14 families, Sumbiling Lama, Temburong, Brunei.

Iban longhouse built 1980's housing 150 people in 14 families, Sumbiling Lama, Temburong, Brunei

An Iban man, Bungsu, in the communal area of his longhouse, Sumbiling Lama, Temburong, Brunei .

Internal common area of Iban Longhouse opens onto the 10 equally sized family units at left and external corridor at right

An Iban woman with reeds for weaving on the floor of the communal area of an Iban longhouse, Brunei

Bundles of reeds for weaving on the floor of the communal area of an Iban longhouse, Brunei.

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Photography © Quintin Lake, 2010

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