I was recently asked to get some architectural photos featuring the engineered wall panels at the Theatre in Cab Calloway School in Wilmington, Delaware. It is a great looking renovation that was designed by ABHA Architects. The wall panels are precisely angled to focus the sound back at the audience. The acoustics in this room are amazing. If you stand on the stage and whisper it is easy to hear at the back of the room, and this is a big room! It can be fascinating how architects and designers marry form and function in architectural design.
The Builder was EDIS Company and I really enjoyed photographing their work. To show off all of the details that went into the design I used multiple exposures and combined the existing practical light with photographic strobes to bring out all of the colors and textures.
An important aspect of this shoot was to capture the panels which were provided by RPG Diffusor Systems. They are very easy on the eyes but also provide an important function, the panels are set in the perfect configuration to reflect the sound to the audience, the ceiling panels are doing the same so that every seat in the house has great sound. I sat in on a couple of performances to shoot the theater in use and the schools pride really shows. The performances were amazing, I couldn't believe the skill level that the shows at this school were at. Expect great things from these guys. Being able to visit several times gave me lots of ideas of how to shoot a space that could prove difficult, reinforcing how important architectural scouting shoots can be. As usual the client had some suggestions of what to shoot and provided me with a shot list to demonstrate some of their ideas of how to proceed.
Such a fun project. A special thanks to Don my assistant on this shoot for all of the help. To see more of my images of buildings and architecture stop by my portfolio of architectural photography.