I don’t know if y’all are seeing this, but I am receiving a message at the top of this page. Today’s was are you night or morning person? They don’t show up on a published page. Obviously, I know what the question means, but I don’t know why they are there. Are they intended as a blog prompt? Or, are they some sort of data gathering device?

It seems like every kind of online media wants to reach into our brains.

For the record, night.

This is The Disney Music Hall located in Los Angeles, California. Designed by legendary architect and designer Frank Gehry, it is noted for it’s truly amazing accoustics.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t there for the music. I was there for the photographs… as usual.

That’s one of the limits of photographing commercial books. They art director or someone on the design team gives you a shot list and you follow it with no input in the planning. My input comes from how, when and where I make the pictures. Because the deadlines are usually very tight you can’t even wait for good light, you mostly just build around the hero pictures and figure the rest out on the fly.

It also means that I can’t do what I usually do and call various marketing department and ask for assistance. I would have liked to photograph the interior of The Disney, but shooting schedule didn’t allow for coordinating with their marketing folks.

The shot list is built from writers notes. I’m more than convinced that the writers on these projects don’t actually go to the places they write about. That’s a story for another day.

Just so you know, I’m switching approaches. Good storytelling pictures mean good storytelling. And, me being Storyteller…



4 responses to “Contrasts”

  1. Yinglan Avatar

    WP is trying to start it’s daily prompts again and this time, they’re making everyone participate. 😄 When I first saw them, I thought it was weird.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      Oh god. A lot of my friends and colleagues have moved to Substack and are encouraging me to move too. Maybe I will if WordPress keeps fooling around with me.

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  2. allentimphotos2 Avatar

    He is one of my favorite architects. Stunning buildings. I’ve not gotten to LA but I’ve photographed his building in Cambridge NewYork and Cleveland. I do want to get to LA.
    Yes I agree that some writers never see what they are writing about.

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    1. Ray Laskowitz Avatar

      I think I’ve only seen one more. Oh, when I was living in Hong Kong I used to go to Lantau Island and hang with friends. Once their was a travel writer from Lonely Planet there. He told me that writers from different publishers used to meet over drinks and talk about different locations.

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