February 9, 2016 at 5:16 am
Taliesin West, Scottsdale | Courtesy of Andrew Pielage
Our February issue, on newsstands now, features the David and Gladys Wright House, a Phoenix residence Frank Lloyd Wright designed for his son and daughter-in-law. As it turns out, an Arizona photographer is on a mission to photograph as many of Wright's designs as he can.
As KJZZ reported last month, Andrew Pielage got his start on Wright's designs when he photographed Taliesin West about five years ago. Since then, he's visited five states and shot 15 properties. But he says his favorite is the David and Gladys Wright House, which once was scheduled for demolition.
At the time, he worked at a hotel where he ran into the owner of the house and asked him if he could come document it before it was demolished. The owner let him come by the next day, Pielage said.
“Just the access alone to that place, as a photographer, was immeasurable,” Pielage said. “It’s such an awe-inspiring place, and to be there by myself alone with the architecture in the beautiful Sonoran Desert at sunset, you know, it’s unbelievable, it’s a dream come true.”
Pielage said he uses a tilt-shift lens and shoots two images of each room — one pointed toward the floor and one toward the ceiling. He then combines the images in Photoshop to capture the full design of the room.
To see more of Pielage's work, visit his website. He now teaches photography classes at Taliesin West.