Ambiguity is a study of Antoine Predock's Nelson Fine Arts Center. The ambiguous forms and shapes of his featureless stucco façades intrigued me as a designer. I exploited these minimalist characteristics through nonobjective photographic representations, compressing the three-dimensional architectural elements into two-dimensional graphic planes. My pastel color palette is inspired by the building’s southwest geography, and is a challenging departure from my typical monochromatic approach to abstract architecture.
All of the photographs in this set were made in a single day when I devoted myself to a sustained investigation of this building. I spent hours photographing, waiting and observing how the lines, shapes and forms changed as the sun moved from morning to late afternoon, revealing new and exciting relationships and tensions.
There are about half a dozen images here that I'm very pleased with; they represent careful observation and elegant composition solutions that I'm proud of. The rest of them are included because they were part of the process and, while they don't excite me as much as the aforementioned "creme of the crop," they may have a different appeal to another viewer. Careful not to cast the net too wide, they still meet my personal standards and serve well to round out the portfolio.
I hope you enjoy these images. If so, feel free to share your thoughts as I always love to hear what alternative metaphors my abstract images invoke in the eye of the beholder.