Architectural Photography Masterclass for the V&A

Last weekend I was invited by the V&A to run an architectural photography "masterclass" (their words, not mine) at the museum. Always nice to be asked, so I packed up my kit, wrote down some notes and headed up there to mould some minds.

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Press Scrum! At the Serpentine Pavilion Press Day

Being an architectural photographer I work with space. Literally. I usually have a lot of space to work in.

I also tend to work alone. I can afford to work at a relaxed pace because the building usually isn't going anywhere fast (although that isn't always the case).

I'm not really used to having loads of photographers frantically running around, fingers jammed on shutters. I only ever see that at the press day for the Serpentine Pavilion...

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Sou Fujimoto's 2013 Serpentine Pavilion / London

This year, thanks in no small part to Ludwig Abache (thanks Ludwig!), I was asked to document the construction of the Serpentine Pavilion, by Sou Fujimoto. Today was the press view so after a couple of months of wading around in site boots with a hard hat on, I headed down in my sunglasses to photograph the finished project.

I had high expectations, partly from seeing the project take shape, but also because Sou Fujimoto is an architect I really admire. I wasn't disappointed! Here's a few from today. Video (including an interview with Sou) and construction shots to follow.

Incidentally, and off topic, I'm uploading these images on Matthew's Yard wifi - a fantastic, independant cafe / theatre / events space / work place in East Croydon. Well worth a visit!

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Weekly Photos 001

I think once a week I'm going to try and post one of my images that might have skipped under the radar, coupled with an image by another photographer whose work I've been really getting into lately.

By 'skipped under the radar' I mean bits of my architectural photography that aren't destined for magazine covers - shots that I really like that show a different side to my work, or outtakes, or personal projects. All those bits.

First up, it's a shot of Oliver Heath's Yum Yum Ninja project - a new restaurant in the middle of Brighton.

Sometimes photographing restaurants can be a bit tricky. I always like to get people in my shots, but there seems to be something really personal about eating out. Not that most people ever really want someone standing around taking their photo when they're going about their business, but when eating, folk seem especially camera shy. In turn, it feels pretty rude to be taking their photo when they're having a nice night out. I deal with it though...

As you can see from the rest of the shoot, I did get some people in, but in this shot I wanted to show signs of life. An empty table, before being cleared, after a private party had left. It reminded me of a chat I had with John Pawson last year about the difficulties of showing people in architectural photography - he talked about how sometimes showing a sign of life, implying the building is in use, might be enough.

And, for someone else's work, both Lou (who co-curates the Miniclick Photography Talks with me) and I have been obsessing a little about Alma Haser's Cosmic Surgery project lately. It's stunning and well worth looking into more. Alma photographs her subject and then creates an intricate piece of origami from the print of the portrait. The origami is then laid onto another copy of the print, and re photographed. This one is called "Cassie".

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New Year, New Website, New Haircut, New Work

Finally, after a couple of months of talking about it and a couple of months of building it and posting images up, I have a new website! I worked closely with Mark Ferguson from Very Own Studio to design a new site that will show off my work better, with larger images, easier navigation, no flash and faster loading.

We wanted to be able to show selections of images from each project, in addition to overviews that show a quick review of my work in Architecture, Interiors, Construction, Portraits, Video and Personal work.

Finally Mark, working with Andy from Designers' Friend, added an integrated blog to the site so I can post regular updates, more personal work and behind the scenes bits and pieces. I've also back dated some old blog posts from my previous website, and will continue to do so.

I'm over the moon with it! Any feedback would be greatly received as well.

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