Architecture| Modernism in Palm Springs
A little History
My dad worked for Pentax and built cameras in Montreal before they closed and he initiated me with my first film camera, a Pentax K1000, which I still shoot with Today. I enjoy shooting film because you only have a few shots, so you take time to evaluate the frame, the exposure, the subject…how you want to shoot your picture. You also take time to appreciate the moment because you aren’t bursting away hoping for a good shot. It’s kind of meditative and you are enjoying the present moment at the same time…
Because of my art history background, I really enjoy and understand artistic movements, whether it be painting, architecture or even a social movement. The camera allows me to freeze a moment that to me defines a society, a place or an era. I love how you can understand history in many ways, through art or architecture. Beauty is everywhere, if you take the time to look around and appreciate it.
I always had a passion for vintage aesthetics. When I saw a picture of mid-century homes in Palm Springs, I kind of became obsessed and discovered the whole city was kind of stuck in the 50’s (PLUS, it is surrounded by the desert). It was the first time I dedicated a whole trip to photography. I packed my bags, rented a little yellow convertible beetle and left to explore this open-air living museum of architecture and wildlife. I was lucky enough to be welcomed at the Saguaro Hotel which is a total blessing for design junkies like me.
About Palm Springs
For most people, Palm Springs is just an old looking resort town. It used to attract vacationers like Frank Sinatra and Marlene Dietrich but today it’s mostly known for attracting thousands of dress alike girls heading to Coachella. To me, this desert town is the most interesting/mind-blowing place I’ve been too in my life. And I’ve traveled approximately 20 countries… It’s a historical and ecological wonder. In Palm Springs, everything is thought to be esthetic. The way the trees are trimmed, the way the streets are paved. There are cool geometric shapes everywhere, incredible mid-century modern homes and then everywhere you look, you are surrounded by spectacular mountains and canyons.
Anyhow, the nostalgic person that I am would immensely recommend all the nostalgics out there to head to Palm Springs and feel like you’re living in another time, or world.