Lexi Taciak

OPERATIONS DIRECTOR

Howdy! I'm a Maryland-based photographer, retoucher, and writer. Here at APALMANAC, I curate Project of the Week and make sure things run smoothly behind the scenes.

When I'm not at my desk, you can usually catch me fishing or drinking a margarita.

Photographing the Dark and Moody Green Massage with Cai Yunpu

Many moons ago when I started writing Project of the Week, I fell in love with Ivar Kvaal’s photographs of Under because they were so dark and fascinating. I’ve finally found another project that gives me that same feeling. Meet Shanghai-based architectural photographer Cai Yunpu.

Peter Bennetts Photographs A Coastal House Built to Withstand Fires and Landslides

On Christmas Day in 2015, brushfires tore through the south coast of the Otway ranges on Victoria’s Great Ocean Road. With the entire forest gone, the landslides came, devastating what was left of the Wye River area. The landslides blocked the iconic Great Ocean Road, which is the only access to and from the region.

Learn to Clean Up Pavement in Photoshop With Alex Nye

You might remember Alex Nye from his stellar commended entry in Architizer’s photo challenge, or the videos on Instagram of him climbing precarious objects to get incredible perspectives of what he is shooting. Today Alex is back with another gem for the architectural photography community.

Brooke Holm on Photographing Sean Connolly in the Dubai Opera

Way back at the beginning of APALMANAC’s conception, Brooke Holm was the very first interviewee on the site. It is easy to see why. Her photographs are delicate and beautiful, full of form and line and sweeping dreamy light. It’s a no-brainer that Brooke’s photos of Sean Connolly in the Dubai Opera should be on Project of the Week.

A Stately American Home With a Dark Surprise Photographed by Brian Wetzel

For this week’s featured project, we’re going to take a look at a big ‘ole classic American home in Pennsylvania, because it holds quite a colorful surprise! Architectural and interiors photographer Brian Wetzel has been kind enough to share heaps about this very cool project.

Noteworthy B&H Deals This Week

Alright everybody, we’re heading into the sale season time of year! This week at B&H, you can get your hands on some camera bodies and MacBooks for a great price. First up on the docket is for all the Sony lovers out there. If you’re looking to grab an extra camera for your bag, the Alpha a7 III is $300 off this week until 9/5/2021, bringing the price down to $1,698.00 Team Nikon, the Z 7 is also $300 off, which means you can score the full-frame 45.7MP mirrorless workhorse for $2,496.95.

Gehry’s New Luma Arles as Photographed by Sharon Tzarfati

Frank Gehry’s Luma Arles is a striking building. Situated in the heart of the Parc des Ateliers, the new 56 meter tall stainless steel clad tower emerging out of a glass drum is a nod to Van Gogh. The mixed use space holds everything from an exhibition hall to private offices, a library, and even an event venue.

Anjie Blair Photographs a Serene Cellar Door in Tasmania

Today’s featured project takes us to a lovely cellar door in Tasmania by Cumulus Studio. The amazing Anjie Blair was kind enough to share her photographs and a bit about her process on this shoot, so let’s jump right on in with her favorite shot of the day!”

The Penguin Parade: Three Cameras, Two Days, and One Gorgeous Project by Peter Marko

Peter Marko’s latest project is simply amazing. The shoot spanned two days on location but took months in the making because of permitting, weather, and of course, Covid related lockdowns. Armed with three cameras, a slider, a gimbal, a drone, zero assistants, and no brief from the client, Peter crafted this beautiful film of TERROIR’S Penguin Parade Visitor Center.

Going Solo with Dennis Radermacher

Dennis Radermacher — our 3D printing hero, and Project of the Week star — has constructed a bit of a different gift to the architectural photographer community today. Weighing the pros cons of working with an assistant, Dennis delves into the nitty-gritty of shooting solo and why it works best for his architectural photography workflow.

Rafael Soldi on Showing The Relationship Between a Home and Its Inhabitants

This week’s featured project is a real beauty by Seattle-based architectural photographer Rafael Soldi. We’ll be checking out his dreamy photographs of Beach Drive by Revolve Development. Rafael has been kind enough to share so much about his process and this lovely shoot, and I’m excited to share his intel and work with you all.

Alert! Massive Discounts at B&H

If you’re looking to add some odds and ends to your gear kit, now is the time! B&H just announced a three day sale with huge price cuts on hundreds and hundreds of items. I popped over to their site to scope out the deals, and while there aren’t really any big-ticket items like camera bodies or Arca Swiss cubes (we can dream, right?),

Photographing A Former Post-Office- Turned-Sushi-Spot With Interiors Photographer Felix Speller

In an unassuming late-modernist building in Saint John’s Wood near the legendary Abbey Road crossing, sits Maido Sushi. Once an old post office, this architectural gem was given quite the facelift by Child Studio. Careful to preserve the original modernist charm, but introduce “a subtle blend of European and Japanese design influences” to the interior, Child Studio crafted a perfectly balanced space.

Architectural Photographer Garey Gomez Makes A Parking Deck Look Magical

Today’s top-notch POTW is a parking garage. Yep…a parking garage. This story is full of drama, with stray bullets delaying the shoot date and Garey and his assistant hauling gear all over the streets of Atlanta! That’s right, today we are checking out the gorgeous work of Georiga-based architectural photographer Garey Gomez.
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