The Chapel at MIT by Eero Saarinen

Earlier this month I went over to Boston, Massachusetts to scout some locations for an upcoming shoot. Whenever I have to go abroad for things like this, I like to try to put aside a day and arrange in advance to visit and photograph a work of architecture, just for fun (well, it's fun to me). Boston has an embarrassment of great architecture, but I decided to go and visit Eero Saarinen's chapel at MIT. I was not disappointed.

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Snøhetta's Oslo Opera House

Earlier this month, Sofia and I went to Norway for a week to celebrate her birthday (as a gentleman, I won't say which birthday, but it was a big one...). Following a stint in Flåm and Bergen, we headed to Oslo to finish up the holiday, to eat some good food and drink some good (expensive) beer. Whilst there we spent a fair bit of time at Snøhetta's Opera House on the water.

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Kew Gardens

The first days of spring seem the perfect time to reflect upon some of last year's uncharacteristically warm weather. On a rare day off from his busy summer schedule, Jim packed up his trusty GF1 and headed up to Kew Gardens. It was a beautiful day to explore Marks Barfield's Tree Top Walkway and John Pawson's Sackler Crossing bridge.

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Olympic Park Stadium

It seems like forever ago that the whole country was gripped with Olympics Fever. Even the least patriotic sorts eventually ended up shouting at the TV, jumping about cheering as the UK ran, jumped, swam, rode and cycled its way to 65 glorious medals. On a 'night off', Jim made his way up to the Olympic Park to see some of the Paralympic Games, and took a few photographs.

Now that the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) have lifted their ban on showing images of the Park, Jim's free to give those of you that weren't lucky enough to see if first hand a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the Park...

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The Temple at Secret Garden Party

Having just recovered from Glastonbury, Jim was pretty excited to be visiting Secret Garden Party to photograph The Temple the second project he's worked on for An-Architecture this summer. Always keen to work for Andrew T. Cross, and experience his unique mix of art and architecture, Jim packed up and set off to explore this temporary lake-side construction.

In keeping with the festivals ethos of creating something outside of the mainstream, The Temple was born out of a keenness to explore the holistic side of architectural construction. Created as a space for festival-goers to take time out, The Temple was situated at the end of a short jetty which led visitors out over the lake. A perfect spot to take a break away from the legendary Secret Garden Party madness, the space included a central chandelier made up of 100 hanging paraffin lanterns inside the reclaimed timber beams. A perfect place to have a breather.

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