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Over the course of a year, Laurel Lueders photographed Taliesin inside and out, its Studio, the original farm buildings, the Midway Farm, the Hillside Home School, the Theater, and the Drafting Room. Motivated to go a step beyond the many documentary photographs of Frank Lloyd Wright’s most intimate architecture, her camera technique was dedicated to the creation of abstract pigment prints.
Out of a rich assortment of architectural forms, enhanced by constant variations of illumination, a sometimes mysterious and always animated imagery emerges. This constant transformation reflects the emotional experience of being on site, of moving through the spaces under observation at indefinite rates of speed, never stationary nor static.
Viewing these site-specific photographs in the midst of the actual locations from which they evolved promotes an enhanced pleasure of immediacy. Indeed, they are intended to contribute to the visitor’s appreciation and interpretation of this extraordinary landmark.
Taliesin and its related buildings are not only historically iconic but personally connected to the extraordinary architect who designed them, as well as to all those who lived and worked with him. These sites are living, breathing, evolving works of art, never ending in meaning and relevance to the highest levels of contemporary culture. Thus, interpretive photographs of such masterworks draw upon and reflect Mr. Wright’s unending genius.