In this brilliant project Midnight Modern, Tom Blachford brings us Palm Springs just like it would’ve been 60 years ago with some amazing photography shot in the light of the moon. Tom Blachford was able to gain a very rare insight into the classic modernist architecture of Palm Springs and presents a different, more tranquil side of the town infamous for it’s hedonism and energy.
There is a sort of eerie stillness about all these photos. It ignores the history of the town and the party lifestyle and depicts the place through the perspective of the architecture, when all the party’s are over. It took Australian photographer Tom Blachford three years to complete this project, but it’s safe to say three years of hard work paid off.
He gained extraordinary access to some of the most famous architectural ‘gems’ of the Palm Springs neighbourhood. He was able to shoot the Kaufmann Desert House, which was designed by Richard Neutra; and architect whom many believe to be one of the most important architects of the 20th century for his contribution to modern residential architecture. He even gained access into the historic Frank Sinatra Twin Palms House, designed by E. Stewart Williams, which became a defining house in desert modernism.
Tom’s project is rather cool, it has to be said. His cold pictures remind you that this town is, in fact, in a desert and possesses all the things a desert town would have. Palm trees, wide open skies and many shooting stars. The new idea to shoot this town at night completely detracts the glamour of the day away from sight and strips it back to what it was before the showbiz. It also accentuates the class in the design of the architecture and showcases all the great designers who have worked within it.