Itâ€™s been a few months in the making, but weâ€™re finally able to share new photos and behind the scenes from shooting the UCLA Centennial Campaign last fall. The Crisman team spent the better part of a week on the west coast, soaking up the sun and making tons of photos.
Truth be told, there wasnâ€™t a ton of time spent lounging in the sun. Our week was jam-packed with shoots taking us all over the entire campus, from the co-generation power plant, to high-tech laboratories, nano-science research facilities, and beyond. At the end of the day, whether we were shooting historic architecture or advanced technology, we did what we always do – we made pictures. Keep reading to see more…
One thing that I can tell you from our experience at UCLA is that the campus is gigantic – weâ€™re talking square miles big, self-sufficient city big, hauling photo gear all over the place big. Forgive me for lamenting the size of the campus, but from someone who attended a relatively small college on the east coast, I just wasnâ€™t used to how far we traveled while still being on the campus, especially when it felt like we were changing zip codes in transit. That being said, we were lucky enough to have a golf cart on a few of the shoot days – we were very lucky.
Another unique function of working with all the high tech gear and top notch laboratories that UCLA had to offer was the fun of shooting in clean rooms and laboratories filled with priceless technology. Clean rooms make for amazing shots, but as the name states, theyâ€™re not the easiest places to bring in photo equipment. Letâ€™s just say thereâ€™s a ton of swabbing and wiping involved. As for all of the other high-tech labs, well it’s always a bit nerve wracking to setup an octabank next to a million dollar microscope.
All the jokes aside, our week at UCLA afforded the Crisman team unprecedented access to make photos in one of the countryâ€™s finest universities. We were given a backstage pass to some of the newest technological innovations being researched in America today, and as always, we did our best to translate that into photographs that will stand the test of time.