Shooting High Key Architecture at the Guggenheim in New York

Shooting High Key Architecture at the Guggenheim in New York

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City is one of my favorite museums in terms of architecture. Located on the Upper East Side, on the edge of Central Park, the museum was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

When I first visited the museum a few years back, you could only photograph on the ground floor. During my visit last year, you were able to bring your camera everywhere in the museum.

This is how I discovered a beautiful spot in the gift shop. I usually never go into gift shops, but I’m glad I did this time. There is a second atrium that looks gorgeous when looking up. That’s where I shot the image at the top and the one below.

Core

Core

As the Guggenheim museum is mostly white, I decided to depart from my usual low-key architectural images and shoot high-key.

While wider angles provide great shots in the main gallery, I focussed on details and the lines of the main gallery. Using a 24-70mm lens, I worked on a White series of 4 images depicting the different shapes created by the lines.

I really enjoy working on a single building and finding a theme to build upon. It helps me work on my abstracts and study the details of the architecture.

Here are the shots of the White series:

The White Series: Opposed

The White Series: Opposed

The White Series: Intersected

The White Series: Intersected

The White Series: Curved

The White Series: Curved

The White Series: Angled

The White Series: Angled

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