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Andrew Pielage is a local photographer who is working on an ambitious project to take pictures of every single Frank Lloyd Wright's design. We welcome Andrew Pielage to "Arizona Horizon." Good to see you back here. We talked to you in France, in Paris during the explosions -- the shootings back there. Why are you taking pictures of every Frank Lloyd wright design in the world?

Andrew Pielage: It's such a great job of integrating the landscape into the environment. I think that's what drew me to his architecture. We are still going strong.

Ted Simons: You are a long way from finishing, I imagine. How many have you shot?

Andrew Pielage: 50.

Ted Simons: How many to go?

Andrew Pielage: 480. Let's look at the things you have done so far. You mentioned outside view. Gorgeous. There is so much to shoot from that shot alone. What do you focus on?

Andrew Pielage: This shot is taken under a full moon. It's about to rise over the peak back there. I love the masonry. It looks like he took the desert floor and put it up right.

Ted Simons: Inside, we have a couple of shots to the west as well. There are so many opportunities to shoot inside. What do you focus on in this is gorgeous here.

Andrew Pielage: Yeah, I want to take in the whole thing. That's the music pavilion. I want to capture as much of the light as I could.

Ted Simons: Inside the structure, as soon as we get there, man.

Andrew Pielage: This is one of the toughest rooms I have ever shot. It's the living room. He designed it specifically with windows to catch the morning light. That's when I decided to take it in the morning.

Ted Simons: Look at the lines there. As a photographer, artist, anyone that composes pictures and photographs, you have to really make decisions, don't you?

Andrew Pielage: Yeah. I love the leading lines.

Ted Simons: Also staying local, the David Wright house, we have been talking about this, the controversy, if it should be open to the public, stay in the neighborhood -- you, you have to take the photos.

Andrew Pielage: I had the easy part. I want to incorporate the environment. I love the spiral design. No other house has that design. Special place. I got married there.

Ted Simons: Pooh pooh. I bet it is special. Let's look at the inside. That is gorgeous. Look at that ceiling.

Andrew Pielage: That continues the spiral design that Frank Lloyd Wright had. That rug is beautiful.

Ted Simons: It is. The most famous structure could be falling water. What is falling water? There are so many beautiful photographs. You have to be intimidated by this.

Andrew Pielage: I got asked to do the residence there. This one I decided not to look at anyone else's images. I wanted to have the wow moment on the last day of the three-week experience I had. I got the fog.

Ted Simons: We have another shot of falling water, iconic and defines Frank Lloyd Wright. Look at that.

Andrew Pielage: It was an experimental shot. I brought in lighting to illuminate the building at night.

Ted Simons: That's your work up there?

Andrew Pielage: Oh, yeah.

Ted Simons: And they are okay with that kind of thing?

Andrew Pielage: Absolutely. I was invited.

Ted Simons: What is the unity temple? What is it? Where is it? Why did you shoot it?

Andrew Pielage: It's Oak Point, Illinois. It opened a month or so ago and I was lucky enough to take shots. It's stunning, as you can see. It wraps around you and you feel at ease.

Ted Simons: The lines, the composition. You can do so much with it. It must be a joy. Home and studio.

Andrew Pielage: This is where Frank Lloyd Wright lived. He had a studio there early 1900s. The design of it is unique for that period of time. He introduced triangles and geometric forms.

Ted Simons: You liked the moving car, the image there.

Andrew Pielage: Exactly. We have the price house. What is the price house?

Andrew Pielage: Another phoenix gem. It is in phoenix, right down the street. I have night shots of that, day shots. Just part of the project. I love the low profile of it. They do a beautiful job on the landscaping keeping it true to how Frank Lloyd Wright had it.

Ted Simons: Beautiful outside and inside.

Andrew Pielage: That's the living room with views of the mountain. I love the color of the furniture inside.

Andrew Pielage: Beautiful.

Ted Simons: Is there a best way to shoot a Frank Lloyd Wright design? With all of the lines and options and choices, is there a best way to do it?

Andrew Pielage: Shoot from the heart. Don't worry what others have seen or are going to see. It's what you see. That makes you an artist or photographer. Come in there, and whatever appeals to you, take the shot.

Ted Simons: What kind of camera do you use? It's an expensive camera. A tip for amateur photographers in the viewing audience?

Andrew Pielage: Take shots from outside. Do your homework on the site as well. There is a lot of information about why Frank Lloyd Wright designed his buildings. Do your homework. That will help in your photography.

Ted Simons: And know what you like. You had to plan for the moon rises and things.

Andrew Pielage: That's right. There are moments that come and go in seconds.

Ted Simons: Favorite?

Andrew Pielage: Falling logs. The environment matches the building.

Ted Simons: Is that Wisconsin?

Andrew Pielage: Pennsylvania.

Ted Simons: That is just absolutely gorgeous. Thank you so much for joining us. Good luck on the rest of them. You have your work cut out for you. Tuesday on Arizona Horizon, and a look at the challenges disabled workers face in the workplace and how the Arizona teacher's academy is attempting to address the state's teacher shortage. Those stories on the next "Arizona Horizon." That is it for now. I'm Ted Simons. Thank you so much for joining us. You have a great evening. ºº

Light from phones, computers and fluorescent lights may be damaging our eyesight and making it harder to go to sleep.

Dr. Stephen Cohen, an optometrist in private practice at Doctor My Eyes, tells us more how such light can harm our eyes and stop our circadian rhythm, which makes checking your phone before going to sleep a bad idea.

Cohen says that children, who have clearer eyes, are more susceptible to the effects of blue light on eyesight.

Some of the things we can do to protect ourselves from the effects of blue light are to moderate our exposure and stop using computers and handheld devices at least an hour before bed time.

There are also coatings that can be put on eyeglasses that help filter blue light.

Cohen also suggests certain antioxidants can help protect the retina.

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