Earlier this year, we led a workshop in Los Angeles with a group of students from all over the US and Canada. We covered day one in a previous blog post, and now here is day two!
After meeting everyone at the hotel in the morning, we headed out to the first highlight of our day, the Broad (Diller Scofidio + Renfro). The pattern of the building’s envelope provides a lot of different angles for architectural abstracts.
Literally across the street from the Broad sits one of our favorite buildings, the Walt Disney Concert Hall (Gehry Partners). We started shooting inside, where we were unfortunately limited to the atrium, the rest of the building behind closed on that day. The very clean, simple design is perfect for minimalist and abstract images.
The outside is absolutely gorgeous and we could spend hours photographing it. Its metal cladding can be hard to photograph in harsh light, but the shapes are great!
We then headed to lunch via Angels Flight, where the group had a great time taking the funicular down the hill.
After lunch, our first stop was the Bradbury Building, a Los Angeles icon with some stunning interiors.
the United States Courthouse (Skidmore, Owings & Merrill). Very geometric, the building is great for patterns and lines. Shooting from under it provides great angles.
The next stop was the LAPD Headquarters (AECOM), a very minimalist building with great reflections.
Just across the street is the Caltrans 7 building (Morphosis Architects). Its cold, metallic architecture is reminiscent of brutalism. One of the key spots is the atrium that you can’t see from the street.
Our last stop of the day was the Griffith Observatory. After our Uber ride, we were greeted with sweeping views of the city for sunset and blue hour. The observatory’s architecture is great to include with the cityscapes.