Guest Post: Architectural Locations in San Diego by Marie Keech | Photography Unfolded

Guest Post: Architectural Locations in San Diego by Marie Keech

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Hi! We’re starting a new feature where we’ll occasionally have a guest blogger share some tips or locations that might be of interest to you.

Our first guest contributor is Marie Keech, sharing some interesting locations around her hometown of San Diego. Marie has joined us on 5 workshops: Boston, Toronto, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City, wow!

Here’s a little background on Marie:

Australian-born Marie Keech is a photographer living in San Diego. Her formal background includes Library Science at The Catholic University in Maryland, and Fine Art and Landscape Design at George Washington University in Washington D.C.

She has pursued photography over many years, working in darkrooms with both B&W and color film, and now enjoys the digital world and the challenge of making fine art photography.


Now for her post:

Thanks to Angie and Michael, who invited me to write a blog post from San Diego on what is of interest here to Photography Unfolded photographers.

Yes, while it is true that San Diego is not well known for its architecture (think beaches, bays & beers) there are a number of striking and iconic buildings that come to mind, as well as many modern additions to the city.

The first in the iconic group is the Geisel Library at UCSD, a distinctive example of Brutalist Architecture. Named after Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr Seuss) and designed by William Pereira, it opened in 1970, and to me looks somewhat like a futuristic space ship ready to launch or as Pereira suggested ‘like hands holding up a stack of books’. Here are a couple of views that I took.  As the concrete eaves now show some wear, I chose to darken them, allowing the edges to be highlighted and the overall appearance a little more dramatic.

geisel library, William Pereira

geisel library, William Pereira

A second  icon and much lauded design, by Louis Kahn, is the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in La Jolla. There is much to be said for capturing the sunset shot particularly at the Equinox, but the might of the two concrete buildings, separated by a rill fountain centered in the large courtyard, is reason enough to photograph the building from many angles. Here are a couple I chose:

salk institute, louis kahn

salk institute, louis kahn

salk institute, louis kahn

Last, and certainly not least, are a couple of views of the new Superior Court of California in downtown. Built in 2017 – (architect Javier Arizmendi with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill) the rooftop canopy provides a number of ways of  capturing abstract images.

superior court of california, Javier Arizmendi with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

superior court of california, Javier Arizmendi with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill

For those who might be visiting the area, do check out MOPA, the Museum of Photographic Arts: or if in town in October, the Medium Festival of Photography runs from October 18-21; a chance to view the work of promising photographers during the Portfolio Walk and attend artist lectures and events. 

You can find more of Marie’s work on her website and Instagram.

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