During my trip to Los Angeles, I drove down to San Diego for a couple of days. I wanted to photograph two specific buildings at the University of California San Diego: the Geisel Library and the Salk Institute. Unfortunately, the latter was closed and under construction.
The Geisel Library is a stunning brutalist building by William L. Pereira. It is like no other building I have ever seen before, with its cantilevered structure. Here are two wide shots that will give you a good idea of the overall design.
My goal was to shoot more detailed and abstract images. Using a telephoto lens, I first focused on the hard edges of the structure, with a series of images called “Sharp Teeth”:
The building’s symmetry was pretty irresistible, so I got a number of wider images with very symmetrical compositions.
I used the telephoto again to “fill the frame” with interesting patterns of the windows.
The Geisel Library is a stunning building. Brutalist architecture is not my favorite, but this building is truly unique, and it photographs so well! I highly recommend visiting if you’re in the area.