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“Part of what makes The United Church of Rowayton unique is its unusual House of Worship and location. Dedicated in 1962, the building, with its natural materials and wonderful, undulating roof, speaks to what our Church is all about. The House of Worship was designed by Westport architect Joseph Salerno who had never designed a church before. His design won the American Institute of Architects’ highest award in 1963.” The Architect, Joseph Salerno also designed the Coleytown Middle school in Westport, and if you have ever seen the school, you can definitely see the similarities between the two buildings.

 

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I was asked to photograph the 20th annual Fairfield County Heart Walk at Calf Pasture Beach in Norwalk. My father had a heart attack at the age of 47 and survived. So I felt like an alumni of some sorts. The SLOBS ( Service League of Boys) was one group of many volunteers lending a hand. The Stamford Hospital had a mobile bus capable of screening patients for heart disease, breast cancer and ultra sounds. There was face painting, cheerleaders, food and CPR training. My friend Doc was there, he survived a heart attack this summer. Click here for that story on Westportnow. The Sacred Heart University Kappa Kappa Psi Band and Brien McMahon High School cheerleaders provided music and motivation to the walkers, what a fabulous turnout. It is always tough to shoot at the beach. The sun, reflections and wind can really through you off.

 

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On a shoot in Boston this past week, I decide to stop by The Ray and Maria Stata Center located on The MIT Campus in Cambridge, Ma. I was not disappointed. I think I found the structure at the perfect time of day. Right before sunset where  the shapes and shadows came out really nice. Architect Frank Gehry received a lot of  criticism for designing the building. I feel it is very unique and creative.

“Boston Globe architecture columnist Robert Campbell wrote a glowing appraisal of the building on April 25, 2004. According to Campbell, “the Stata is always going to look unfinished. It also looks as if it’s about to collapse. Columns tilt at scary angles. Walls teeter, swerve, and collide in random curves and angles. Materials change wherever you look: brick, mirror-surface steel, brushed aluminum, brightly colored paint, corrugated metal. Everything looks improvised, as if thrown up at the last moment. That’s the point.”

 

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Lindsay and Tyler were married at Compo Beach in Westport.  I love shooting on the beach. It is a little tougher than most shoots because of the intense sun, reflections from the sand and there is no shade. The ceremony was preformed by Steve Rubin. It was bittersweet because he is such a great guy and he is moving this month to south Carolina. I will miss him. The catering was by Marcia Selden, all I can say is yum yum, she always has great people working with her and her food is fantastic.

 

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