2006 after three years waiting for a possibility to go to Rochester in early spring of 2006 I was able to combine one of my US-trips with a visit to Rochester and the George Eastman House.
Since 2003, when I met Anthony Bannon, director of the Georg Eastman House, we were discussing and hoping, that one day I could photograph the Eastman House, after I did Lacock Abbey in 2003.
The George Eastman House is the oldest photography museum and one of the oldest film archives of the world. It was built in 1905 by J. Foster Warner in Georgian architectural style and opened to the public as a museum in 1949 in Rochester, New York, USA. The museum is well noted for its photograph and motion picture archives and also for film preservation and photograph conservation, educating archivists and conservators from around the world. The photography collection includes more than 400,000 photographs and negatives of more than 14,000 photographers dating from the invention of photography to the present day. Inside of the house you find the Dryden Theatre for showcasing the museum's collection of motion pictures. The museum is located in and around the house built by George Eastman, the founder of Eastman Kodak Company.
How I aproach the image
Usually, before I start photographing I have to find the right vantage point and do a scetch of the scene I am looking at. After the framing is clear I can go on finding the right focal length on my lense, do a storyboard and a kind of scaling on my tripod.
>>>imgages of the George Eastman House published in: Thomas Kellner: Dancing Walls, 2007