25 Jan 2009Architectural Photography, Arizona Photography, Phoenix Area Photography 21 Comments
These are 10 of my favorite places in the Phoenix area to take photographs. Notice I did said “10 Top” and not “Top 10.” That is just because there are so many spots I wasn’t able to rank them. So here are 10 random good spots to take some interesting photographs. No particular order.
1. Taliesin West – North Scottsdale
I love the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright and I have been to Taliesin several times. It is one of my all time favorite photo sites in Phoenix. The architecture and surrounding landscape are very photogenic.
2. Desert Botanical Garden – Phoenix
This is one of my favorite places in Phoenix in general, photographs or not. But for taking some great photos of desert vegetation the garden is ideal. They also have exhibits such as the current Chihuly glass, and events such as Dias de los Muertos in November, that make for some very interesting shots.
3. Mesa Arts Center – Mesa
This is another architectural site that I really like photographing. The combination of materials and textures and the modern feel allow for some great images.
4. Arizona Biltmore Resort - Phoenix
Frank Lloyd Wright and architecture again here. The buildings and grounds offer some very camera-friendly set ups to shoot. In my opinion you can’t go wrong with a Wright building anyway. (Note 5-16-10: Wright did not actually design the Biltmore. the architect is Albert Chase McArthur. Wright acted as a consultant and the famous concrete blocks that make up much of the Biltmore were his design.)
5. Arizona Falls – Phoenix
This is the SRP canal at 56th St and Indian School in Phoenix. Might seem like an odd place to photograph, but it has been constructed with contrasting materials of stone and corrugated metal which make great images. The water adds another element of interest.
This encompasses a lot of area. I might need to break this one down into 10 spots in downtown Phoenix to photograph. But just the fact that there are so many options here puts it on my list.
7. Arizona State University – Tempe
There is a lot going on at ASU as well. Granted it is not as nice of a place to get great shots as the U of A, but I may be a bit biased. It does have some great buildings such as Gammage Auditorium and the newer Coor Building. (The “Explore” photo in my header is from the Coor Building)
If you haven’t noticed a theme here yet, most of my top sites are architectural. The Scottsdale Civic Center follows along those lines. Although they do have several large scale sculptures that you can get some unique shots of as well. Such as the Love sculpture by Robert Indiana.
9. Uptown Phoenix
10. Hotel Valley Ho – Scottsdale
The trendiness and Scottsdale hot spotiness of this hotel aside, its mid-century modern architecture and tropical feel are cool and fun to photograph.