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.
Exchange Place, designed by WZMH Architects, wasn’t part of the historic locations, but provided some interesting lines and patterns.
The brutalist part of the John F. Kennedy Federal Building provided a great contrast with the gorgeous clouds we had that day.
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.
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 Stratton Student Center, by Eduardo F. Catalano, offers a much more classic architecture.
I couldn’t help but include clouds at Simmons Hall, by Steven Holl.
I was so impressed by the Kresge Auditorium by Eero Saarinen, that I wrote a separate blog post about the building.
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 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!
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.
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).
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).
And one last image about clouds: the John Hancock Tower by Pei Cobb Freed & Partners.
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? 😉