words and photos by Scot Zimmerman
It’s the first week of January, and at risk of sounding like a cliché, I’m looking back and reflecting on the year.
The first image is an easy one to stare at this time of year. It’s the portico of one of the Honeymoon Cottages at Seaside, Florida, named that because the architect took inspiration from Thomas Jefferson’s Honeymoon Cottage at Monticello. It is a featured project in our book, The Coastal Cottage, released in March of 2017. I made the photos, and my wife Ann handled the words. The next shot is of a project also for the book designed by architect Ross Chapin, AIA, on Whidbey Island, Washington.
Gibbs Smith Publishing released The Coastal Cottage, and I’d like to take a moment to mark Gibbs Smith’s passing in 2017. He impacted many people and issues in so many positive ways (including us) that it is an enormous loss.
This year took me back to Snowbird for more photos, and I include this photo of the Aerie. The beauty of the area fills me with happiness when I am working there and the people working there make the experience even more wonderful. It’s a highlight.
With the building boom in Utah, I’m seeing more commercial and institutional work, and the caliber of the architecture makes it a joy to photograph. Greta Anderson, AIA, of FFKR Architects designed this attractive building for the Division of Child and Family Services. The next project is an O.C. Tanner administrative and manufacturing building designed by Cecelia Uriburu also of FFKR Architects.
Every year in February I travel to Southern Utah for photographs. One of the high points was photographs of a Kayenta home built by Markay Johnson Construction with interior design by Ashley Johnson (Markay’s wife) and artist Greg Abbott. The drama of the home stands up to the striking location, and it was fun to demonstrate it.
Finally, in late fall 2017 I photographed Michael Upwall Design’s new offices in Sugarhouse, a design intended to both uplift and fit into the neighborhood and benefit the area for many years to come.
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