My attraction to this spread of images and text was immediate – the sense of warmth + sunlight, comfort, and elegance seem so obvious to me at just a first glance. These feelings are the factors that pull me in, and urge me to look longer into the details in the images – “where is this home and how do I live in a space like this?” are my first thoughts. Then, I notice the headings and text on the main spread, and read the title and subheading in their classy, serif font. Imagery like this, with this mood, and of beautiful interior architectural spaces, is something I tend to look at often as a photography major, but this feature in this magazine especially caught my eye, as the style is just very appealing to me.
These images and spreads are from the cover story in the February 2018 issue of Architectural Digest magazine; it is a story on Ricky Martin (lol) and his family’s home. The images were taken by photographer Trevor Tondro, and the spaces styled by Michael Reynolds (info provided right on the spread). The accompanying captions and story tell me that the intention of the feature is to show people interested in interior/home design and architecture what Martin’s home looks like, how they obtained this style, how the family got made their dream home come to life and how the environment impacts them. Its presence in this magazine gives it authority and respect as being legitimate images and design, and the classiness of the layout and well-taken photographs all add to the beautiful mood that the magazine spreads give off.
This kind of stuff is visual eye candy for me, and the detail with which it is all portrayed in this case seems to make it very successful visual communication.