I’ve long thought of Hotel Congress as the heart of Tucson’s quirky nightlife, the distinct epicenter of cool in this town. There is ALWAYS something going on over there, because they never close. Ever.
Over the years I’ve had the honor to make a lot of the photography for their ads and brochures (rooms, food, concerts, remodels, you name it) and cover some amazing events along the way. I was even there the night of Y2K, covering the party like it was 1999. It’s a pretty photogenic place – most of my downtown engagement sessions start and finish there for good reason.
My most recent shoot there, for the newest iteration of their web site (http://hotelcongress.com), was a particularly fun one. Hats off to Hunter and Shannon who did a marvelous job on the site redesign. They asked me to concentrate on textures for their page backgrounds, which was like a treasure hunt for a photographer like me. Here’s some of the cooler bits I found, along with a few of the scene shots we put together.
I love that they picked my favorite texture of the bunch – the red tooled vinyl seats from the bar in the Club – as the main backdrop. Totally noir!