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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Seaside Estate / Sussex / Winter 2010

I honestly can’t remember when it was that fellow photographer (and mate) Adam Bronkhorst and I went for a road trip. Possibly 2010. I’m guessing at October, but it could just have easily been March 2011. Anyway, that’s a pretty boring debate. What happened was, Adam is putting together a couple of books to be published later this year and he needed to shoot as much as possible for that. I’d been told about this odd psuedo-deco estate along the Sussex coast, so we headed out there.

And it rained.

A lot.

Anyways, I was incredibly incredibly busy at the time and had forgotten about the shots I took of the estate. I just rediscovered them (at half nine on a Wednesday night whilst listening to the footy on the radio) and thought I’d pop them up on the blog. I’d love to head back sometime and do a proper shoot around the place.

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Walthamstow Stadium / London / September 2010

Walthamstow Stadium is one of those pieces of architecture that is incredibly evocative, whether you’ve been there or not. At it’s peak it has the largest track in the East End of London, and indeed, in the UK. More importantly, Blur stuck it on the cover of Parklife, one of my first albums. It’s popularity waned considerably in the last ten years and, in 2008, it closed. Since then a series of plans have been proposed for it’s reuse and L&Q and Conran & Partners are now working together to use the site for a residential development. I was asked by both parties to photograph the site as it is at the moment for their records so, accompanied by a former assistant of mine (and now C&P employee) Brooke.

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