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Day 6. Fallingwater Artist in Residence

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Day 6. Artist in Residence. The Shape Shifter.

One of the very first things I noticed walking down in the early morning to see Fallingwater for the first time was its low profile. Kind of like Taliesin West in the desert. Typical Wright I guess, but for some reason I didn’t think it would be like that. A few minutes later I moved down to the “scenic lookout” and it was now completely different. The central core shot up like a tower. It looked really tall and thin. My third stop that morning is pictured here. Yet another shape (it looks massive). Now granted different POVs will give it some change but the difference is pretty dramatic in my opinion. Did anyone else notice this on there visit? #500fllwproject

Day 5. Artist in Residence

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Day 5. Artist in Residence.

Woke up at 2am to hangout with Supermoon and Fallingwater today. I usually get out and do long exposure landscape photography frequently but lately life has taken me other places, so it was fun to get out under the moonlight again.

I have (mostly) finished up my exterior photos, so I have now moved inside. It’s an interesting space where Wright has given a lot of square footage to the common area inside and out on the terraces. All of the other rooms, stairs and hallways are tight. I really enjoy Wright’s design philosophy here, giving the Kaufmann’s more space to play, entertain and be outside then to sleep. I also enjoy Wright’s color palette…I just wonder where he got his inspiration 😉 <—- that’s a wink Fallingwater Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation

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Day 4. Fallingwater Artist in Residence

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I woke up early again to get out to Fallingwater before the sunrise. It was another beautiful blue sky and warm yellow sunrise. My work so far has lead me to focus on two elements here at Fallingwater, water and stone. Having photographed Bear Run (creek) over the past two days I thought I would roam around the site with “Stone” being my guided. As you can imagine that lead me around the back of the house and down underneath the lowest cantilever or “Tray” where the Wright designed reinforced concrete supports meet the stone boulders. Think of it like being under a really big diving board that doesn’t bounce.

Also down there is the awesome (floating) stairs that lead from the living room down to the water in Bear Run. This platform along with some stairs that lead to the “plunge” pool are the only two places (I think) that you can be connected to both the house and Bear Run at the same time. I think I spent an hour and a half just photographing down there. It’s Awesome. Looking forward to going down “the hatch” in the next few days.

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Day 3. Fallingwater Artist in Residence

AiR3Day 3. Artist in Residence. Still Honoring the Bear (Run).

Super cold morning (26 degrees) for this desert dweller but it was clear blue above and a beautiful warm yellow sunrise. First light on Fallingwater comes in patches. It was fun to watch them dance around the cantilevers. I was upstream yesterday morning so decided to head downstream today. If the scenic outlook is the iconic spot for non-professional photographers then here below in Bear Run is the pro photographers spot. Super fun!

Try imagining water falling off those two cantilevers. Almost looks like one tall waterfall doesn’t it? :)

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Day 2. Fallingwater Artist in Residence

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Day 2. Artist in Residence. Honoring the Bear!

Being rooted in landscape photography, I was immediately (like most Wright sites I photograph) drawn to the natural elements that surround his buildings. Here, I keep coming back to two elements, water and stone. So I decided to explore Bear Run (upstream from the house) this morning. It’s a beautiful and playful creek that twists and turns its way down underneath the house and feeds those two iconic waterfalls just below. The water is a constant 55 degrees and the bare rock it runs over is slick…like walking on ice slick.

Bear Run is the reason the Kaufmann Family had this land in the first place and the reason why Fallingwater exist today. Sure the building is beautiful but let’s not forget what is keeping it alive. Kaufmann and Wright both knew.

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