A week-end trip in Boston shooting cityscapes and architecture

A week-end trip in Boston shooting cityscapes and architecture

Last year, I took a trip to Boston for the first time. We stayed there for 3 days and had a blast going around the city, shooting architecture and cityscapes. I really enjoyed the city and I’m already thinking about doing a workshop there!

On the first day, we followed the historic freedom trail, finding some interesting architecture along the way, old and new. One of the first stops was the King’s Chapel.

Opposing Forces | King's Chapel

Opposing Forces | King’s Chapel

The Wheel | King's Chapel

The Wheel | King’s Chapel

Exchange Place, designed by WZMH Architects, wasn’t part of the historic locations, but provided some interesting lines and patterns.

A World Of Lines | Exchange Place

A World Of Lines | Exchange Place

The brutalist part of the John F. Kennedy Federal Building provided a great contrast with the gorgeous clouds we had that day.

Back to Basics | John F. Kennedy Federal Building

Back to Basics  | John F. Kennedy Federal Building

We ended the day with a skyline shot from the East Piers, across the bay. It’s probably the best location to see the entire skyline.

After the light is gone

After the light is gone | East Piers

Simple Serenity | East Piers

Simple Serenity | East Piers

We spent most of the second day at the MIT, where great architecture abounds. One of my favorite building is the Ray and Maria Stata Center by Frank Gehry. It looks like a collage made of different buildings. The mix of materials and colors is fantastic to photograph.

The Climb | Ray and Maria Stata Center

The Climb | Ray and Maria Stata Center

Strike | Ray and Maria Stata Center

Strike | Ray and Maria Stata Center

Something Worth Fighting | Ray and Maria Stata Center For

Something Worth Fighting | Ray and Maria Stata Center For

The Mountains Of Gehry | Ray and Maria Stata Center

The Mountains Of Gehry | Ray and Maria Stata Center

Line Up | Ray and Maria Stata Center

Ray and Maria Stata Center – Cambridge, MA

Intersecting | Ray and Maria Stata Center

Intersecting | Ray and Maria Stata Center

The Stratton Student Center, by Eduardo F. Catalano, offers a much more classic architecture.

Brutalist Symmetry | MIT Stratton Student Center

Brutalist Symmetry | MIT Stratton Student Center

I couldn’t help but include clouds at Simmons Hall, by Steven Holl.

Windows To The World | MIT Simmons Hall

Windows To The World | MIT Simmons Hall

I was so impressed by the Kresge Auditorium by Eero Saarinen, that I wrote a separate blog post about the building.

West View

Kresge Auditorium

We ended the day at the Fan Pier Park to shoot blue hour. One of the nearby buildings is the Institute of Contemporary Art, by Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The building is beautiful, but the environment makes it hard to photograph.

The Institute of Contemporary Art

The Institute of Contemporary Art

The John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse is a really interesting building designed by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners. Right on the waterfront, the curved building must have some gorgeous views!

John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse

John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse

The view of Downtown Boston from Fan Pier Park is my favorite cityscape from that weekend. And it’s a great spot for a walk after dinner.

Lead The Way | Fan Pier Park

Lead The Way | Fan Pier Park

For our final day, we visited the Museum of Fine Arts. Its Art of the Americas wing was designed by Foster + Partners (more images in this separate post).

Looking Up (2)

Looking Up | Museum of Fine Arts

Calm & Order | Museum of Fine Arts

Calm & Order | Museum of Fine Arts

We also visited the Boston Public Library. Here are some images of the historic building (I wrote a separate post about the new Johnson Building).

Mighty Stairs | Boston Public Library, McKim Building

Mighty Stairs | Boston Public Library, McKim Building

Vaulted | Boston Public Library, McKim Building

Vaulted | Boston Public Library, McKim Building

And one last image about clouds: the John Hancock Tower by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.

Slanted | John Hancock Tower

Slanted | John Hancock Tower

As you can see, there is a ton of architecture in Boston. We had a blast visiting the city and I’ll be back, maybe this year? 😉

1 Comment

  • mike baker May 9, 2017 9:27 am

    Love it! I, also, have my eye on Boston as a place to visit, capture some the great architectural elements there. Thanks for this article…it renews renews my interests in this city!

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