01 Sep

Gagne & Son Concrete

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Summer 2016 found me photographing for Gagne & Son Concrete around and across the state of Maine.


Documenting their pavers in use for driveways, patios and pool surrounds, the extended project was a wonderful opportunity to see Maine craftsmanship at work in landscape design. From modest to magnificent properties – all were enhanced with these Gagne & Son Concrete pavers.


31 Aug

West of Japan / East of Europe

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Rockland Photographer Dave Clough to Exhibit in Venice 

Collaboration with Italian architect will focus on Japanese design


 ROCKLAND, Maine — Rockland-based architectural photographer Dave Clough will display his work in Venice this fall at an exhibit about renowned German architect Bruno Taut’s Kyu Hyuga Bettei, a villa in Atami, Japan.


 Clough’s images will be shown alongside new, complete drawings of Taut’s design for the villa by Italian architect Marco Capitanio. The show, titled West of Japan / East of Europe, will run from September 9 to 22 in the Gino Valle exhibition space at University of Venice (IUAV), coinciding with the city’s 2016 Architecture Biennale. 


 The exhibit, curated by Capitanio, is devoted to the only existing project that Bruno Taut realized during his three-year stay in Japan in the 1930s. The villa embodies Taut’s deeply personal reflection on Japanese architecture, mediated through his European sensibility. By juxtaposing drawings and pictures, the exhibition will help visitors distinguish between the project’s form and proportion and its materials, textures and colors.


 The Taut exhibition is being organized by co+labo Radović at Keio University and the Formwork cultural association. Professor Darko Radović and professor Marko Pogacnik from the Formwork / IUAV have been instrumental in mounting the exhibition.


 As the exhibit opens, Clough will be one of the presenters at an international symposium about Kyu Hyuga Bettei and other projects that relate to designing for and within a foreign culture. The symposium will include a video interview with Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, who credits Bruno Taut as a major inspiration and influence in his work. 


Capitanio, a PhD candidate at Keio University in Tokyo, and Clough, who lived in Japan for 10 years, share a fascination with the country and its traditional architecture. But they only connected with each other recently.


 In 2010, Clough visited the Former Kusuo Yasuda Residence and got permission from the Japan National Trust to photograph it. Clough consequently got permission from the City of Atami to photograph the Kyu Hyuga Bettei in 2011. Capitanio came across the photos on Clough’s blog a few months ago and invited him to participate in the exhibition.

 “When I stepped into the Kyu Hyuga Bettei for the first time I felt instantly transported to another place and time,” Clough said. “I was first struck, as I always am in historic Japanese structures, by the woodwork — a well-worn bridge to the past. I felt in awe at this unique opportunity to photograph a significant architectural space in Japan that has subsequently inspired many.”


 “This project has developed mainly as a personal interest,” said Capitanio. “I am fascinated by Kyu Hyuga Bettei, which does not fit in with either mainstream European Modernism or traditional Japanese architecture in a strict sense. Taut’s original drawings have never been published, so I decided to redraw them and study the plans in depth. Dave’s photos are the only professional, careful photos of the villa that I have come across. The lighting conditions, shading and subtle color and material of the project are not easy to render, but he has captured the villa’s atmosphere and beauty.”


 About Dave Clough

Dave Clough provided all the color photography for Homes Down East: Classic Maine Coastal Cottages, released by Tilbury House Publishers in 2014.  He is currently taking photographs for a second Tilbury House publication, a how-to book by Scott T. Hanson on rehabilitating historic homes to function in the 21st century while retaining their historic character. Clough also photographs for Mainebiz publications and serves commercial clients including architects, designers, builders, hotels, restaurants, real estate firms, and homeowners.


About Marco Capitanio

Marco Capitanio studied architecture at the Mendrisio Academy of Architecture (CH) and urban design at TU Berlin and at Tongji University Shanghai, where he completed his master’s degree in 2012. His professional experiences span from the architectural scale (construction drawings and detailed design in Switzerland and Japan) to the urban dimension (large developments and masterplans in China). Marco is a research assistant and PhD candidate at Keio University. His work focuses on livability of the built environment, especially at the neighborhood scale, a topic he has investigated in Europe and China.



The original post and gallery from Kyu Hyuga Bettei is here.

Additional links here and here.


23 Aug

CMCA – Center for Maine Contemporary Art

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The Center for Maine Contemporary Art has officially moved to Rockland, and in a big, impressive, and beautiful way. Their new home was designed by Toshiko Mori and I was commissioned by CMCA to photograph the exterior and its instantly-iconic sawtooth roof. Several variations on a singular theme – many thanks to those who guided, assisted and helped out. Isn’t that Porsche just wonderful!

CMCA NOW – indeed!

12 Jul

Tiered Garden in Falmouth, Maine

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New England Landscapes in Scarborough reached out for photography of a current project in Falmouth, Maine. With tiered gardens, pool, patio and views of Casco Bay, the project is as unique as it is beautifully ambitious!

06 Jul

McCulloch House, Kennebunk, Maine

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I was recently commissioned by Maine Preservation to photograph the McCulloch House in Kennebunk. Shipbuilder and merchant Hugh McCulloch originally had the house built ca.1782 … it has remained in the family since. Hugh McCulloch’s son (Hugh) was born there in 1808 and went on to serve as Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Lincoln, Johnson and Arthur. The property is now on the market to be sold.

Interesting features throughout, I could not help but marvel over the rare wallpaper in a closet as it was from 1785. The scene depicts America’s new found independence as evidenced by the trampling of a scroll of “British Laws” and celebrates July 4th 1776. Other features in the home include hinged walls on the second floor which could be raised to make a ballroom, and pocket shutters on the first floor. The front hallway is graced with a Simon Willard tall clock … Living history abounds on Summer Street in Kennebunk.