Though photography is his primary passion, Chris Edwards enjoys trying his hand at other mediums, from woodworking to boat building. The portrait and interiors photographer lives with his family just south of Charlotte, North Carolina. For this issue, he shot a story about web developer Rich Yessian’s bold residence with ample outdoor entertaining space in Charleston, South Carolina. “I’ve been to Charleston a million times over the years,” Edwards says. “But standing on Rich’s green roof with a cup of coffee, watching the sun rise over the city…it’s still lodged in my memory very vividly.”
How would you describe your ideal backyard?
“It has a large garden, cats and dogs running around, and maybe a skateboard ramp.”
Architectural photographer James Ewing captured a three-part home designed by architects Katie and Danny MacNelly for their family in Buckingham County, Virginia. “The rolling hills and horse farms of Virginia are spectacular,” he says. “But the most memorable part of my visit was hanging out with Danny and Katie’s three boys, who made each shot into a new game.” Ewing, who often shoots artistic, anachronistic, or experimental spaces, studied at the Cranbrook Academy of Art and lives in New York City with his wife, Sarah, and daughter, Claire.
“Highgate Cemetery in London—a sculpture garden full of rare flowers and majestic trees.”
A visiting instructor at Pratt Institute, John Gendall contributes to Wallpaper*, Artforum, and the New York Times. For this issue, he reported on a Richmond, Virginia, family’s second home next to the James River. “I grew up along the North Saskatchewan, in Canada, and now I live by the Hudson,” he says, “so the way the architects understood the relationship between their primary residence and their weekend getaway through the river appealed to me.”
“A small swimming pool, a garden (I could spend an entire weekend pruning), a few fruit trees, a couple of reading chairs, and a clearing for lawn games.”
An architecture and design writer based in the Bay Area, Lydia Lee was previously the San Francisco editor of The Architect’s Newspaper. She penned “Ripple Effect,” a story on a playful garden—complete with a slide—designed by Monica Viarengo for a family in San Francisco’s Mission District. “The pebble-mosaic hardscaping is wonderfully intricate and textured,” Lee says. “It’s great to see this traditional technique resurface in a modern garden.”
What’s your favorite place to take in the great outdoors?
“Camping in Mojave National Preserve in Southern California—spectacular sand dunes, forests of Joshua trees, and a rare sense of utter solitude.”
Based in Los Angeles, Joe Schmelzer is a photographer specializing in hotels, food, interiors, and celebrity portraits. He documented a modern bungalow in Venice by architecture firm SPACE International. His favorite experience was helping the homeowners feel relaxed behind the camera. “After a little bit of time during the first day, it was great to see how we put the family at ease,” he says. “I was so pleased to earn their trust and be able to include them in the images.”
“A secluded beach on the North Shore of Oahu. It’s kind of hidden from the road, and you have to be in the ‘know’ to find it…but once you do, you’ll never want to leave.”