Kalef Alaton for Sale

May 26, 2010 § Leave a comment

Every so often I get the opportunity to photograph notable/interesting homes for sale (see “Roland Terry for Sale” post). This week I had the pleasure of photographing a home on the shores of Lake Washington with interiors done by Kalef Alaton.

Kalef Alaton living room

Though Alaton died relatively young in 1989, his work was highly regarded and was published often throughout the 1980’s. Today, many acclaimed contemporary interior designers still name him as a source of inspiration and influence. This home was published in the June 1984 issue of Architectural Digest. Like all great interior designers, his work has that timeless quality to it where the only clues as to the age of the project can be found in dated fixtures or worn upholstery.

Kalef Alaton living room

Of course, this being Springtime in Seattle, the weather was less than cooperative on the day of the shoot. Fortunately, I will most likely be back in the next few weeks on a nicer day to take some evening photos.

AARONLEITZ.COM Website Update

May 20, 2010 § 1 Comment

The update/minor re-vamp of aaronleitz.com, the definitive source for exquisite interior and architectural photography for Seattle area architects and designers, is done and the new site is up and running. At first glance it appears that things haven’t changed much from the older site but a closer look reveals some important tweaks (at least I think so).

It's alive!

First of all, aaronleitz.com is now 100% flash free and is made entirely out of HTML, CSS, and Javascript. This is good for a few reasons. The website can now be seen on any mobile device. It looks fabulous on an iPad if I don’t say so myself. Free of the confines of a flash gallery, each individual image has it’s own url and can now be linked to individually. And the whole thing seems to load a bit snappier and with fewer hiccups than when the galleries were all in flash.

Second, the navigation has been updated and made more user friendly. The preview thumbnails are larger and the viewer has four ways to navigate through the images:
* clicking on a thumbnail image
* “previous” and “next” buttons
* using the arrow keys on the keyboard
* clicking on the left or the right side of the image

Last but not least….I’ve added some fabulous new interior images to the gallery. I was torn between whether I should put all the new portfolio images at the front or mixed in with the “older” images. I decided to mix them in with the rest for now. I’ve got some more images that I’m excited to put up but will have to wait due to upcoming publication (hopefully soon…)

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