Monthly Archives: March 2014

First National Building Detroit

First National Building, Detroit

First National Building Detroit. When Dan Gilbert’s Bedrock Real Estate Services needed an architectural photographer to do interior photography in some of the newly refurbished and renovated spaces in the historic First National Building in Detroit, I was lucky enough to get the call. The interior renovation work was still in the early stages but new interior photography was needed for marketing purposes. Of course, being a true architectural photographer, I had to do a couple of exterior photographs of this great building!

This is one of the truly great buildings of Detroit. Designed by Albert Kahn in the Neoclassic style and completed in 1930, this 26 story building features limestone construction, 3 story tall Corinthian Columns and incredible interior detailing. With over 800,000 square feet of floor space, the First National Building is one of the largest buildings in Detroit.

Photograph of the First National Building, Detroit by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

First National Building, Detroit

Corinthian Column detail, First National Building, Detroit photo by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

Corinthian Column detail, First National Building, Detroit

Elevator, First National Building, Detroit by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

Elevator, First National Building, Detroit

Elevator detail, First National Building, Detroit by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

Elevator detail, First National Building, Detroit

Ceiling detail, First National Building, Detroit by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

Ceiling detail, First National Building, Detroit

 

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Interior photographer U of M Law Library Reading Room

University of Michigan Cook Law Library Reading Room

My interior photography project at the University of Michigan Cook Law Library Reading Room began with a series of “before” photographs for the architects. We spent a full day photographing the main reading room from different angles and also photographing the building’s lower level corridor and offices and public spaces in adjacent Hutchins Hall.

When the renovation work (by Lord Aeck Sargent Architects) was completed one year later, my assistant and I returned and spent another day on the interior photography of the beautifully redone space. The transformation was amazing. The magnificent ceiling had been cleaned and new uplighting was installed that illuminated the ceiling. Tables and reading lamps were all refurbished and new high efficiency bulbs were installed in the reading lamps. To ease eyestrain caused by hours of reading, the overall room illumination was raised which lowered the contrast between the ambient light levels and the reading lamps on the tables. Raising the overall illumination also helped reveal the beautiful details in the woodwork and ceiling. Replacing the old cork floor with new cork also helped to brighten the space and return the reading room to its original beauty. As an interior photographer, projects don’t get much better than this! Photography by architectural photographer Curt Clayton. ClaytonStudio.com

University of Michigan Cook Law Library Reading Room by architectural photographer Curt Clayton

University of Michigan Cook Law Library Reading Room

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Interior photographer Aviora Medical Spa

This interior photography project was done several years back but it’s interesting for a couple of reasons. Dr. Russell Craig, the owner of Aviora Medical Spa 20 miles north of Detroit in Clinton Township, Michigan, is a board certified plastic surgeon. He also designed Aviora Medical Spa, has his own line of skin care and beauty products under the Aviora name and he runs triathlons in his spare time. At the time of the photo shoot Dr. Craig had just been informed that he had qualified for the Iron Man Triathlon in Hawaii. Can you say “over achiever”?

My assistant and I began the interior photography after the spa had closed for the day. Dr. Craig, who takes an active role in all aspects of his business, was with us the entire time to approve camera angles and to help with propping the rooms for photography.

The lighting in the spa is quite nice and we needed very little supplemental lighting for this project. A couple of the views required the use of a Lowel Fren-L 650 and a Lowel DP with a silver umbrella for fill, but for the most part the lighting was very simple. We wanted to keep the mood of the lighting just as Dr. Craig had designed. For an interior photographer, this was a very different and interesting project.

Main interior hallway at Aviora Medical Spa

Main interior hallway at Aviora Medical Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ladies shower room at Aviora Medical Spa

Ladies shower room at Aviora Medical Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Private lounge at Aviora Medical Spa

Private lounge at Aviora Medical Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Massage room at Aviora Medical Spa

Massage room at Aviora Medical Spa

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Manicure room at Aviora Spa

Manicure room at Aviora

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aviora Spa in Macomb Township, Michigan

Aviora Spa in Macomb Township, Michigan

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