Small Batch Coffee / Brighton / March 2011

I’ve always wanted to get into drinking coffee, if not just to give me something I can rely on in the morning to give me a kick start. Unfortunately I just don’t like it, as much as I try. I don’t really even drink tea so my mornings take a while to get going because all I have is Shreddies, cold showers and orange juice to get me started. Anyways, those of my friends who do enjoy coffee tell me that Brighton based, Small Batch Coffee are great. They recently opened their new Coffee Shop on Wilbury Avenue in Hove and they got Chalk Architecture in to design the new space in a former flooring showroom (if memory serves me correctly?).

A lot of the building work was done by friends of Small Batch and a large proportion of the materials are seconds from other larger projects Chalk have worked on. You see this quite a lot on small projects like this with mixed results and it’s a great credit to Chalk and Small Batch that it looks so good here. The finishing and detailing is great, helped by some good design choices and some very high quality materials (the wood paneling is beautiful). The golden gnome stools are a cracking touch to.

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The Shard / London / March 2011

Yesterday I spent the day on a shoot in foggy London. Generally the fog burns off by the afternoon, but not yesterday, when it remained the frustrate me for the whole day. Afterward, I met up with good mate Mr. Thomas Howlett for a drink in Borough Market and when we left the pub we were chatting about the Shard, which becomes more and more unavoidable with every day. Anyways, lit up and in the fog, it’s started to look very much like a set piece from Blade Runner.

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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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