Joel Lassiter took up photography as a profession 17 years ago. He’d been a fine arts major at UNC Charlotte, with an eye for architecture. When he graduated, he managed to merge the two interests into a career – and shoot some fairly fabulous buildings along the way.
He likes to think of his work as clean, detail-oriented and well thought-out. “I think a lot about giving full attention to the design of the image itself in relation to the landscape, the architecture, the cityscape or the people in it,” he said. “Integrating it all is my general focus.”
He’s just finished shooting two of North Carolina’s newest museums – the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art and the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Culture, both in Charlotte. The Gantt, designed by The Freelon Group in Durham, opened in late 2009. The Bechtler, designed by Swiss architect Mario Botta, opened in early January 2010. Lassiter also shot the new Raleigh Convention Center by O’Brien Atkins Associates and Clearscapes, both of Raleigh, along with TVS Design of Atlanta.
But he’s spent some time in New York too, photographing The High Line, a reclaimed park that was originally a massive public-private elevated train project in the meatpacking district. It once lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan. Now it’s preserved and maintained as a public park.
While there he photographed the Standard Hotel, owned by André Balazsm, whom Vanity Fair calls a pioneer in the boutique-hotel business; his company owns the Mercer in Manhattan, Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, and the Raleigh in Miami Beach. And then, just for good measure, he shot the exterior of the Whitney Museum.
“Architecture is my focus, my primary interest and always my first choice,” Lassiter said. “It’s my favorite subject.”
And it shows.
Images of his photography can be found in the accompanying slideshow.
For more on Joel Lassiter, go to http://www.lassiterphotography.com/. For more on the Bechtler, go to http://www.bechtler.org/. For more on the Gantt, go to http://www.freelon.com/portfolio/256. For more on the Raleigh Convention Center, go to http://www.raleighconvention.com/. And for more on The High Line and the Standard, go to http://www.thehighline.org/about/high-line-history and http://www.vanityfair.com/style/features/2009/02/standard-hotel200902