Say hello to the newest member of MUSC’s growing family of medical centers. These photographs represent about a third of the shots taken within a two day span at the new MUSC College of Dental Medicine, located in Charleston, South Carolina. So new in fact, students and faculty were in the initial stages of moving in, and of course they waited until our scheduled days to do the bulk of it. Needless to say, working around over one hundred people and three times that number of boxes made for a stressful atmosphere, but did give us a large pool of potential models to choose from to add much needed scale to our images. No, these are not actual root canals being performed folks!
The concept of this facility is pretty interesting. Clients come in, either by appointment or off the street to have work done, all performed by students under the supervision of Doctors who are also members of the faculty. And it appears they won’t be lacking patients. One poor guy came in clutching his jaw while we were lighting the lobby, begging us to extract a tooth for him. I’m not sure it registered when we told him we were a photography crew, but when I turned to look for a piece of string, he disappeared out the door.
Hired by the Architectural firm, our goal was to highlight the clean lines, subtle colors, and broad lighting that is desirable for these types of sterile environments. As usual, dealing with the extensive use of fluorescent lighting was the biggest challenge, in particular when mixed with daylight from the many large windows. All in all an interesting experience, and the client was very pleased.