Photowalk / December 2012

Every now and again, I meet up with a couple of good mates and head out on a photography safari. This time around Finn Hopson and I welcomed Andy Matthews down to Brighton for a wander along the coast.

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Bloody Cameras / May 2012

Earlier this evening I made a comment on twitter about the disdain I have for cameras. This was a slightly off-the-cuff and glib comment that followed an even more off-the-cuff comment regarding new cameras being released, specifically the news that Leica have released the first ever black and white digital camera.

Upon reading the headline of the press release my instant response was “What’s the point of that?” I appreciate there’s certain advantages to removing all the processing a camera has to use to work in colour, and that this should make for richer mono images. It’ll be interesting to see what the final results are, but really I suspect it’ll be the kind of difference only the photographer and a couple of other folk might notice. “What’s the point of that?” probably speaks more about how I feel about cameras, than about new releases.

Anyway, the comment on my disdain for cameras was slightly tongue in cheek, but I would like to expand upon it a little, given more than 140 characters.

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Rowley Way / London / June 2011

Yesterday (Saturday, if you’re reading this on a Sunday), I went to the Alexandra and Ainsworth Estate in Camden, London with Paula Knee, Simon Kennedy and Aleks Krotoski. The estate, frequently called the Rowley Way estate, is about as good as it gets for me. Loads of concrete, utopian ideals, trees and plants, a community-minded spirit and designed by borough architects (Neave Brown of Camden Council’s Architects Department).

I appreciate I’m viewing this estate, and many others of the same era, with slightly rose-tinted glasses and without the knowledge gained from living there, so whilst photographing estates I always try to chat to some of the residents. Ron had been there for 25yrs and was kind enough to show me his home. Although he had some misgiving about the design and, in particular the way the services worked, he loves living there and praised the community spirit. He was proud of his home and to say he lived on the estate.

It was a lovely day, ended with a nice chat in a nearby cafe with my fellow photographers and a wander along the canal to Kings Cross in the sunshine, before joining a couple of mates for a few drinks back in Camden. Lovely stuff. Click "Read More" for more images…

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Taylor & Green / Norfolk & Suffolk / May 2011

For the upcoming Festival of Architecture, Norwich and Norfolk (FANNXI) I spent a few days in the countryside photographing the post-war and mid-century housing by architects Tayler & Green.

Working almost exclusively in one area of Norfolk and Suffolk, the work of T&G is often criminally overlooked (largely because they didn’t do a great deal of work in London). The housing they built in the 50’s and 60’s is extremely regionally distinctive, in that nothing else in the area looks like it, and it bucked the popular European Modernism trend at the time. It was a pleasure to photograph the work and the short talk that architect Matt Wood gave for residents of one of the estates at Davy Place.

As well as forming part of my ongoing personal project, documenting this era of housing all over the country (including work on Span Developments and Rowley Way), these images will be used throughout the festival and by Professor Alan Powers for a lecture he will be giving on the architects.

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