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Michael Rutchik

This week's Depth of Field image is of The Getty Center in Los Angeles and was made by Michael Rutchik. From a silver gelatin print, this photograph of Richard Meier's building has an ethereral quality. It's monumental yet it's almost without weight. If there is modern architecture in heaven we don't know who will design it but it would be best to have Michael do the photography. Other series at Michael's site include LA 2:1, a daily widesceen look at his city and f ZERO.ZERO, an experimental series of pictures, each made two seconds into the future. Really.

His latest project is a photo-a-day series of his lovely daughter Piper-Jolie.

"I began using my camera as a design tool in 1996 when I opened my design firm, MUDHAUS. Initially, I would use these photographs as a compositional tool for my graphic design projects. I had discovered that as you look, for instance, at a building through the viewfinder, even the slightest shift in position creates an entirely new composition. New forms, new intersections, new reflections."

"I think what's going on here is a fascination with the instantaneous translation of three dimensions into two. A lot of the marketing hype surrounding camera lenses talks about the "3D" quality that the lens can produce. But I am discovering that I am not really after that 3D quality in my images. Precisely what I love about the photograph is its two dimensional quality. That is what distinguishes it from the real thing... makes it different than the thing that was photographed... makes you see it in a new way."

During a string of Fridays we featured a single work from a photographer, with a link to his or her online portfolio and a few words.