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ABX 2016

Like all good things eventually have to, ABX 2016 - the annual Architecture Boston Expo - has come to an end. And of course I had to visit and take a look at all the vendor booths, installations, and the photo exhibit, which was spread throughout the expo floor.

 
 

I loved seeing the amazing work that has been created by my fellow Bostonian photographers and to see some of my friends' names on the exhibit floor. Keep an eye out for my work if you happen to visit next year...

 
 

It was great to see many familiar faces this week and also to meet new people from all over the world - particularly from my home country, Germany, which gave me the chance to speak my native language for a bit, for example with the fun crew of Gaggenau Kitchens. 

I just had to stop by their booth - not only because I was hoping to speak to someone from home - but also because I've been a long-time fan of their timeless designs. The company just celebrated their 333-year anniversary!

Some great eye-catchers were the interesting installations on the expo floor, such as interactive games and the big balloon installation, in which the opening night party was hosted.

 
 

Below is a picture of this year's winner of the Quad Competition (sponsored by What's In, Stantec and ABX2016), an international design competition for a social space installation. The task was to create a meaningful and impactful installation that encourages social interactions. Cost and feasibility of construction were critical factors to consider in the process.

The winning design (among 6 finalists) was created by KiKi ARCHi, a Tokyo-based architecture design firm led by Yoshihiko Seki. 

 
 

This has been such an amazing event, and I can't wait to see what the BSA has planned for next year! 

Photography: Before + After

One of the many reasons I love what I do is that moment when you finish crafting an image and get to compare the beginning to the end result. Ah! Beauty!

You often don't see it but many, many hours go into creating one single photograph. The work on site is just the beginning. And if a picture is done well, you don't really see what went into creating it (unless maybe you have a trained eye).

Designers, architects, engineers...they all put their heart and soul into creating beautiful spaces and designing them with a purpose in mind, so the photograph should do their work justice.

Our eyes see spaces differently than the camera does and therefore, we have to work a little magic with lighting techniques on site and in post-processing. 

To give a better idea of the difference between a photo straight out of camera without any lighting and one that has been professional staged and edited, I have created a new "Before + After" section on my website.

It's a great way to have a direct comparison and show the difference. It's also really fun to play around with if you need to kill some time. 

See it for yourself right HERE and enjoy! 

- Sabine

Landscape Design in Wellesley

Whenever I get a request to photograph in Wellesley - or Newton, where I used to live - I get very excited!

On Sundays, one of our traditions would be to get coffee at our favorite coffee shop and then walk or drive around the neighborhood, admiring all the gorgeous houses and mansions. We would get a kick out of imagining how we would decorate the place if it was ours and recognizing the same architects' work in different areas.

New England Home and Landscape Design

New England Home and Landscape Design

So when I recently got a call again to photograph a beautiful landscape design in Wellesley Hills, I could barely contain my inner Martha Stewart and got there a little early just so I could admire all the houses in the area.

 
New England Home and Landscape Design

New England Home and Landscape Design

 

If you happen to read this and have a house that you think is magazine-worthy and needs to be photographed, you have come to the right place! I will be there with bells on and bring coffee, so we can marvel together at the beauty that is your home (or home that you designed). It also happens to be my favorite month of the year, the perfect time for some pumpkin spice latte and looking at pretty leaves...

 
New England Home and Landscape Design

New England Home and Landscape Design

 

The Predictive Index Building - Featured on BISNOW!

A little while ago, I had the pleasure to photograph the Predictive Index Building in Westwood, Massachusetts. Designer Lannhi Tran from Little Dragon Decor created the perfect style for this modern and unusual office space. 

 
Modern Office Space - Interior Design
 

Everything is designed as an open concept with movable glass walls by KI and a concrete floor that allows employees to cruise through the building on scooters! Besides that they also have a ping pong table (with regular tournaments), a tv lounge with bean bag chairs, and a super cool kitchen where Beer Fridays are a regular thing. 

I guess I just have one question...can I come over for ping pong and beer on Fridays? 

Read more about this amazing project on BISNOW where it has recently been featured!