In addition to the Hard Rock Casino & Hotel and Broken Arrow Public Schools Performing Arts Center in the Tulsa area, I spent a day shooting for R2W, Inc. at 4 Dallas-area locations: The Hilton Anatole, the DeSoto High School Studio’s Recording Studio, the DeSoto Independent School District Boardroom, and the Church of Christ Brown Street.
We started at the Hilton Anatole, which was where NFL officials stayed during the 2011 Super Bowl. I began working inside the Media Bar + Grill before it opened to the public (shown above). The place is chock full of R2W’s designs, including a projector that flashes an image on the floor by the bar (above right), and flat screens, well, everywhere. I had so much fun shooting in there; at one point, I even set up my camera and tripod on top of the bar. (Don’t tell.) We needed sharp images of the screens and lots of depth, but, like in the Hard Rock Casino existing light was really, really low. So, these images were captured with really long exposures.
The hotel’s main lobby is an enormous atrium. Music is pumped in through the speakers housed in the top of the light columns shown below, one of R2W’s designs.
When arriving through the main entrance, guests see this gorgeous stained glass installation in the ceiling above. You can see the atrium through the arch to the right.
The exterior is marked by this unique sculpture.
After lunch we continued on to DeSoto High School, which offers this AMAZING TV Recording Studio to it’s students. I have never seen anything like this in a school before! Wow! R2W was responsible for the studio’s design and equipment, including the lighting, cameras, speakers, and control room.
Next, we went down the road a bit to the Desoto ISD’s district offices, which house this boardroom, where R2W installed the screens, monitors, and sound system.
The last stop of the day was Church of Christ, a gorgeous building inside and out. One of my hosts for the day, Steve, an R2W genius, actually attends this church, and he was the one that oversaw the installation of their sound and projection system. That’s pretty cool, huh?
I was blessed with pretty wispy clouds when I went outside to shoot the exterior. The sky was otherwise clear blue that day, so again the photography gods were on my side at this moment, allowing me to produce a much more interesting image. I loved how the image below turned out; the clouds created those great leading lines to the steeple.
The R2W staff in Dallas were a blast! Thanks for being such great “assistants,” for making the day so fun, and for the yummy Mexican food! It was an honor! This wraps my R2W posts, at least for now! I look forward to the possibility of working with them again someday in other locations – they do work all over the country.