University of Calgary Downtown Campus

ICPix shot some photos of a sensual building in downtown Calgary by Marshall Tittemore Architects in early September 2011.

The curved facade is made of zinc "scales" and it wraps the corner. This is a good catalyst for downtown Calgary. The Parkade is being constructed to the west and is part of this complex. If approved it will boast a "kinetic" facade which feature hundreds of "scales" on pivot joints that will ripple with the motion of the wind. Give us your comments on the building or the photography. Enjoy.


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ICPix and Prezi

Hi all. Check out our new ICPix portfolio presentation experiment with Prezi. We find the interface intuitive organic and very friendly. It's quick and interactive and best of all free for an intro du Tory account. Check it out.


Smoke Screen

One of the joys of practicing Architecture and Photography is when the two crafts can meet. This type of convergence completes the creative cycle. This is the case with the recently completed SAIT Parkade screen in Calgary.

John from ICPix had the privilege to work on this project complete with the screen design. As an Architect with Marshall Tittemore Architects (Calgary), John worked with Bing Thom Architects (Vancouver) and Rod Quinn, a local Vancouver artist and mastermind behind the screen technology. The result is a lovely bit of visual poetry.

Photographing a dynamic aluminum pixelated facade like this will be a pleasure for years to come. Every time the light and colour of the sky changes, so too will the expression of the facade, making this a perpetual photo opportunity.

Calgarians, take a look, take a picture, and enjoy.

Its all a matter of perspective

So I have some architectural interior photography on . Generally, these are shot with an ultra wide-angle lens, and are typically very distorted. You can get specialized lenses for this task (Tilt-Shift Lenses), you can use a level to set up the camera (which I clearly did not do originally - see below) or you can correct a multitude of perspective "sins" in Photoshop. I recently received some comments on the nature of the perspectives of the interiors being too distorted to market to architectural community. I'd like to know your thoughts. Review the images below and tell me which one appeals to you more, the first of the second?


Haiti - Photography as awareness or expoitation?

Images are so important to understand the enormity of what has happened in Haiti.

But the fundamental premise of documentary photography is to, excuse the obtuseness, "document" a happening or place. But there is bias everywhere. The photographer can control composition, colour, light and shadow. They can focus our attention on a subject of their choice. They can manipulate what we see and feel. And more importantly edit out what they don't want us to see. In an altruistic sense, I want to believe that a photographers' integrity would not allow the reduction of a pure form of documentation into a exploitation of people and context. But with recent media coverage of the crisis in Haiti, I'm not so sure. The initial images of crisis were raw and reflective of mortal struggle. But the relentless barrage of media coverage in the weeks to follow seemed to eclipse the boundary of appropriateness. At what point do we put our cameras down out of respect? When do we stop documenting and pick up a shovel to help?

Trash the Dress

How many of you have heard about this? The photo session happens typically outdoors after the ceremony or with a "throw away" dress where the bride and groom can roll around in the dirt, wade in a lake, or light the wedding train on fire,...! I imagine it would be quite liberating for some. Check out the wiki below

The amazing blinkng subject

Are you a blinker? Come on now, be honest. You're in your finest clothes, there is a bustle of activity, people everywhere and all eyes are trained on you. Maybe its the attention maybe its the noise of the shutter. The photographer turns the lens on to you and takes a picture,....., and you blink,........EVERY TIME!..

Is this you?

How many of your subjects have this issue? How do you deal with this? We personally turn our cameras in sport mode and let the shutter burn. One of the shots is bound to work.