My 2013 via Instagram Photos

2013 has been a pretty good year all round. I've been given the chance to travel the UK, Europe and the World to photograph some amazing architecture (all in the name of work...) and generally had more fun with my photography than ever before. I've been looking back through my Instagram feed for the year and thought I'd post some of the pictures up on my blog, of the places I've been to, people I've been with and things I've seen...

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Weekly Photos 002

It didn't take long for me to forget to do this 'regular' weekly post. My plan is to post an image of mine that isn't necessarily your traditional architectural photograph, and then an image by another photographer that I've enjoyed lately.

First up, it's an image I took when checking out the opening of the new Wandle Park in Croydon as part of a year-long commission from Croydon City Council to document the built environment changes occurring in the area as the huge financial investment filters through. Croydon's Council bucks the trend a bit for local authorities and they're generally just a bunch of really enthusiastic folk who are passionate about architecture and their city.

Away from the architecture, I noticed this lad hiding amongst the fun fair prizes...

The image from another photographer comes from Frenchman Charles Freger. Freger has journeyed all across Europe, documenting the costumes of local mythical creatures and exploring the human fascination with myth, ritual and tradition. The project is fascinating and he's had a great book published by Dewi Lewis.

I also run the Miniclick Photography Talks and we're releasing Issue#2 of our publication on August 14th, which will include more images from Charles' series.

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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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Span Development's Park Gate / Brighton / Ongoing Project

I’m a big fan of British 50’s / 60’s housing blocks. I know they get a lot of stick these days, but they seem to be slowly coming back in fashion again, in a similar was to how no-one liked Art Deco housing in the early nighties but now they do. Asides from the aesthetics they have, I like the fact that the best examples (or rather, all of them except the very worst) had a very strong idea behind them – generally they were an effort to bring Utopian living into cities or in Span Developments case, to provide young homeowners a high quality house within a community, incorporating innovative landscaping schemes at their heart – “Homes within a Garden”.

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