I recently took off on holiday to The States and left my camera gear at home cooling down after a blazing few months around New Zealand and offshore. My eyes and trigger finger couldn’t help themselves though, with the abundance of superb light, iconic architecture, art, spaces, compositions the iPhone camera was heading for data overload. So many classic moments from dinosaurs to the Dia that needed to be captured. Here’s a few of my favourites.

New Whitney Museum

New Whitney Museum, Meat packing district, NYC by Architect: Renzo Piano


Raking late afternoon light across Radio City Music Hall, NYC by Architect: Edward Durell Stone (1932)


Interior space at Noguchi Museum, Queens, NYC


Tree line lines at the pointy end of Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park,
Manhattan, NYC by Architect: Louis Kahn


United Nations Headquarters photographed from Roosevelt Island, Manhattan, NYC by Architect: Le Corbusier


Monumental steel with Richard Serra at Dia Beacon, New York


The Mermaid I met first in 1995 at the Americas Cup in San Diego
(during my first professional assignment) by Roy Lichtenstein at Storm King, New York


Muted top light falls gently onto the courtyard at the Frick Museum, NYC


Boats, People, Lake, Summer, Central Park West, NYC


Dem Bones, Natural History Museum, Central Park West, NYC


Slice of light runs up the Flat Iron Building, NYC by Architects: D.H. Burnham & Co. (1902)


Ground Floor Elevation at the Donald Judd, Spring Street Building, NYC


Getty Centre with waterless water feature due to current Californian drought,
Los Angeles, California by Architect: Frank Gehry


‘Jesus Saves’ or ‘Susej Sevas’ depending on your world view.
Shot from the comfort of the rooftop bar at the Ace Hotel, Downtown Los Angeles, California


Blue sky meets garden green reflecting in the Walt Disney Concert Hall,
Downtown Los Angeles, California by Architect: Frank Gehry


Last of the evening summer sun, Griffith Observatory,
Los Angeles, California by Architects: John C. Austin and Frederick M. Ashley (1932)

I’m heading over to Papua New Guinea soon to photograph the 2015 Pacific Games Village by New Zealand architects Warren & Mahoney, and the Taurama National Aquatic and Indoor Sports Centre by Peddle Thorp. Stand by for some great shots.


In a major collaboration with Home Magazine for their October and November 2014 issue, I photographed and selected all the main features—New Zealand architects both here and overseas.

Get the down-low on how I chose my subjects, my fave images, and what I found on the pavement in LA.

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The new, special issue of HOME magazine is out now.

The theme is A Place To Call Our Own and there might be a few photos by me in there from places like Los Angeles, Auckland, Canterbury and Arrowtown.

Check out Home Magazine’s website at 5pm NZT on 9 October for an extended interview about my contribution to this issue.

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Fantastic Pre-Fabs are the inspiration for the December ’13/Janaury ’14 issue of Dwell magazine which features my photos for the Studio 19 Bach in Onemana, Coromandel.

The bach was the result of a small, collaborative project between Dave Strachan of Auckland’s Unitech Institute of Technology and 16 third-year architecture students.

Dwell explains the build process from initial client brief to the tasty details of completion. And check out what the owners gave the students as their final grade.

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Studio 19 Bach Photography Gallery »

Digital process : PixSolution

Portrait of a House has been doing a little world trip, this time popping up in the book review section of the incredibly stylish Elle Decor Italia.

If your Italian is a bit rusty here’s what they said:

“Featuring architectural daring from New Zealand.

Discover this home and project created on the hill by architect Ian Athfield.

An innovative publication, charmingly presented and photographed by Simon Devitt.