iving in the Texas Hill Country, I am constantly aware of how deeply the people here see the land and natural environment as extensions of their homes. The trees and rocks and waterways around them are as important to them as the floorplans of their houses, or even how many square feet of floorspace they contain. They see their living spaces as extending beyond those walls and into the countryside around them.
To photographically capture a sense of how these homes fit into the landscape requires something beyond conventional photography. That "something" is extreme wide angle, or panoramic, photography. By recording an image of 150°, 180°, or even a full 360°, a compelling portrait can be made that displays a home in true relationship to the land around it.
The great portraitists of centuries past (and even of today) placed their subjects in the personal, intimate surroundings of where they lived, so as to reveal even more of the character and inner life of their subjects. So too, panoramic photography places the home in its true surroundings, revealing more of what the home truly is than just its structure.
Homes In Their
The Panoramic of Bill Brockmeier
of Bill Brockmeier
The Pratt Home (200°+ view): Blanco County, Texas — © 2003, Bill Brockmeier
I also capture panoramic portraits of home interiors. Many homes, because of either their expansive nature, their panoply of focal points, or their unique layouts, cannot be effectively showcased in simple, conventional photography. To meet this need, I also offer the production of high-quality panoramic portraits of the interiors of homes. This can be especially valuable and satisfying for those homes of historical and preservation importance, as well as those with unusual and noteworthy architecture.
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