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Wild West Courthouse

John M. Roll United States District Courthouse

Yuma, Arizona is simply one of the most unforgiving cities around and it always has been.  Serving as the true “Wild West,” Yuma is famous for its historic prisons, infamous outlaws, and political activists.  Yuma also sees more sunshine per year than any other place on the planet, shortening the life expectancy of it’s buildings just by sheer exposure.  So, when Ehrlich Architects was commissioned to design a courthouse that could withstand tremendous heat gains, gulf surge floods and a 50 foot blast radius, Steven Ehrlich utilized his experience with desert climates to design a building that would get better with age.  Featured in this month’s Architect Magazine, the John M. Roll United States Courthouse is as tough as the local high school mascot, the “Criminal” now shortened to “Crims” for obvious reasons.  I spent three days on site with the team from Ehrlich Architects capturing that beautiful warm desert sunlight in the early evening and early morning.  I watched it bring out the red tones in the slate and preconditioned steel.  The rest of the time we sought shelter from the sun under that large shaded canopy and reapplied sun block every couple hours.  Check out the feature gallery of images here.

John M. Roll United States District Courthouse

John M. Roll United States District Courthouse

John M. Roll United States District Courthouse

John M. Roll United States District Courthouse

 

Rave Reviews from Lincoln, Nebraska!

Recognition of our work in the press always makes my team proud. Recently a local newspaper in Lincoln, Nebraska requested an interview to accompany a feature story about my images of the city’s new Pinnacle Bank Arena by DLR Group Architects.  Of course I jumped at the opportunity to share the story of this amazing project. Lincoln was a great city to visit and to photograph!

Check out the full article here, and see my blog post about working on this project here.

Lawrence Anderson Photography featured in Lincoln Journal Star

Gratitude Every Day

UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Insitute

There’s nothing that makes me feel more grateful in life than spending an entire day photographing a medical facility.  Instead of cheering fans at a sports arena or hopeful students attending a university, many of the people passing our set on those days are experiencing one of the most frightening times in their lives.  Childrens’ hospitals and cancer centers are the hardest to see.  At the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine, many people are armed with hope that they will receive clinical solutions to maintain one of the most significant gifts in life, the gift of sight.  Designed by DES Architects and built by Hathaway Dinwiddie, my team’s responsibility was to be considerate, discrete, and effective in some very sensitive spaces.  Luckily, the patients were very interested in my shoot and began asking questions.  At times like this, in places like this, I’m grateful to take a moment and help them pass their wait time.

UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Insitute

UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Insitute

UCI Gavin Herbert Eye Insitute

 

How To Build A City

Pinnacle Bank Arena

In Nebraska if you want to go see a concert you drive to Omaha.  You want a great steak, Omaha.  Maybe a national convention, that’s right — Omaha.  Eager to make a larger mark on the map, the much smaller city of Lincoln has decided to give its big brother a run for its money.  How you ask?  By taking a $344 million “Bring Back Main Street” approach to grow and enhance the historic Haymarket District.  Full of stylish new gastro pubs, classic hotel renewals and selected preservation of a historic rail yard — Lincoln has been given one heck of a face-lift.  Lighting up the sky and towering above it all lies the new Pinnacle Bank Arena designed by DLR Group Architects.  Home of the University of Nebraska’s men and women’s basketball, this newly expanded city has some very passionate fans walking its streets, or could we say flooding it?  What better draw to fill those hotels and sell those gastro beers than an expedition game on the 4th or a Pink performance on the 9th?  I’d actually love to be there for the Pink show.  Hmm…  For more images, check out the feature page.

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Pinnacle Bank Arena

Published: Ehrlich Architects: Learning. Working. Living

Publications-Ehrlich

After browsing Hennessy + Ingalls, I stumbled upon this collection of Ehrlich Architects‘ projects featuring UCI Contemporary Arts Center and Nankang Towers in Taipei, Taiwan!

Behind The Scenes: Dawn in Chicago

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Back in Chicago, I set up for a dawn shoot.  From an overhead bridge above the L, I was able to capture the Trump International Hotel and Tower designed by Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill (SOM).

Published: A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California

Published-LOHA
A few of Lorcan O’Herlihy Architects projects published for the MOCA exhibition of A New Sculpturalism: Contemporary Architecture from Southern California.

 

Behind The Scenes: Century City Catwalk

Douglas Emmett Catwalk

 

There comes a time when walking along high-rise catwalks becomes the norm …  The client was able to capture my assistant and I 13 stories above 1800 Avenue of the Stars.

My New Favorite Models

LAUSD South Region Elementary School #9.  HMC Architects

Hands down, it is my architects’ children!  These kids look good!  The secret to a successful image is drama.  And the secret to drama is populating the shots to make it look real. The designers as models always looked great in the shots since they were often well dressed, very stylish, often fit, and had an overall care for their appearance.  But here at SRES #9 designed by HMC Architects, the designers brought their kids to pose that day — holy cow, can you say the PERFECT PROPS!  These kids were styled, color coordinated, astute and straight up ready to go. They could even hula hoop!  My entire team was spoiled the day we shot this elementary school with these well-designed little ones.  Why can’t we order them for every school shoot?  For more images, check out the feature page.

LAUSD South Region Elementary School #9.  HMC Architects

LAUSD South Region Elementary School #9.  HMC Architects

LAUSD South Region Elementary School #9.  HMC Architects

Would You Believe: Blow Drying The Lens

Blowdrying Snow

 

What’s one way to keep the snow off the lens while shooting a Park City Residence for NanaWall in the snow?  Use a hair dryer on cold!