Green Man Lane / London / January 2011

Oh, the joys of being an architectural photographer in the British Winter. The weather is one of the many many variables I have to be acutely aware of as an Architectural Photographer. I use a number of apps and websites to make sure I know sunrise and sunset times, the weather, amount of sunlight in a day, cloud cover and colour and any amounts of ludicrous details that even Michael Fish doesn’t care about. I know what angle the sun will be at a given time and in a chosen location. It’s ridiculous to be honest. But it is really important.

In January I headed out to photograph West Ealing’s Green Man Lane Estate for my client who was after a record of the estate for demolition begins later this year and construction commences on new homes for the residents. Fortunately, the client didn’t insist upon blue skies, which made my job slightly easier, but it was bloody cold out there. I made two visits, one with snow (which the client and I preferred) and one without (which the press preferred). Not the most glamorous location (and more than a hint of East Berlin), but I do have a bit of a thing for 60’s built housing and concrete.

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