tonic photo studios recently had an opportunity to work with the Mesa Arts Center in contributing some new imagery to their architectural image library. The MAC campus is an architectural photographer’s dream that presents a plethora of compositional opportunities and we were pleased to have been chosen to partner with the marketing and PR team on this project. The 65 million dollar center was built in 2005 by BOORA Architects out of Portland in collaboration with DWL Architects and Planners of Phoenix. Boora refers to the center as a “grand public landscape” with its main public area appropriately named The Shadow Walk as a result of the palms and other plant life breaking up the hard sunlight and casting shadows through the center. It has also been mentioned that the center’s overall architectural presentation was inspired by a Geode which is a geological term for a spherical mass of mineral matter. The center is rich in natural texture from stone, metal and glass and contains a 300 foot long water feature called the Arroyo. It’s a great inspiring public art space, museum, event and concert venue and we highly recommend checking it out if you have not already done so. We’ll be revisiting the site to produce some additional imagery of visitors interacting within the spaces. We’re looking forward to phase two of the project so check back with us soon for updates!
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Here at tonic photo studios, we often get a chance to work on interesting projects. We’ve turned our attention to a new project partnering with TASER International and The Icehouse, a local art, performance and photography space located in downtown Phoenix.
Patrick is especially excited to shoot at The Icehouse, as it’s a very interesting venue from a photographer’s perspective. As the name suggests, it began operation as an icehouse over 100 years ago, producing ice to be used for keeping produce cold while being transported by rail. It has since been used for various purposes and over the past two decades has been a center for art exhibition and experimentation.
Amongst Phoenix architecture, the building is a rare gem. Very few buildings remain from the early 20th century, and fewer still have stood unaltered since their construction. The Icehouse is in that elite category. It has the feeling of a time capsule, unchanged since it was erected in 1910.
The texture of the concrete walls provide fantastic backdrops for photos and the windows add soft, natural light to the scene. The building is a unique space which offers inspiration to photographers who shoot there.
Patrick visited The Icehouse recently for scouting purposes and shot several photos. Their quiet simplicity speaks for itself.
If you’d like to know more about The Icehouse, connect with them via their Facebook page or on their website at http://theicehouseaz.com.
Published June 13, 2011
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