City of London

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Nicholas Brewer

An information service has been provided in St Paul’s Churchyard since 1956. The circular kiosk provided for the Festival of Britain had seen service for over 50 years. Although it enjoyed an extremely advantageous location and possessed a distinguished heritage, this structure was badly in need of refurbishment and was no longer capable of supporting the technology required to offer a state-of-the-art information service to the millions of tourists, residents and workers who pass through the area each year. Continue reading

Abstract

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Nicholas Brewer

Taken last year as an interest in architecture started to reveal itself. The great thing about having an  interest in the built environment and living in London is there are always new buildings to photograph.  Photography of any description reveals much about the photographer. The taste that I have architecturally leans towards the modernist aesthetic. Straight lines, uniformity and repetition stimulate a sense of ease and comfort within me. While this is not especially modernist it does have the other qualities that I enjoy.

Discovery

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Nicholas Brewer

From 2010 I spent over two years photographing abandoned buildings. It was part adventure and part companionship. Photography is often an isolated craft but during this period I went with a group of explorers and photographers and it was fun.There was often a strong smell as you entered the musty building from the fresh air with my heart racing and a heightened sense awareness the adventure began. Continue reading

Vertical

Blog

Nicholas Brewer

Following in the theme of previous posts and the use of straight lines in photography I wanted to share this image with you. Taken with a Nikon D200 on a tripod this image shows London’s National Theater in the background. It was the sketch like quality of the image that attracted me and I visualized it in monochrome.  I have used the Tilt-shift blur in post-production to add increased depth and space. This type of cubist aesthetic is a quality that I loved from childhood days looking at sketches and art work. Repetition is a universally appealing visual quality for a myriad of reasons. It is easy on the eye, adds perspective and on a physiological level, repetition makes up a big part of everyday life.

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Is this illegal?

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What a charming property! Lush green lawns and blue sky I can imagine the delight of the photographer when he or she arrived but not a perspective buyer….

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This still is taken from Google Street View (it explains the join two thirds of the way in) yes a big difference. The agent selling the property claims that they did not take the image and it was supplied by the owner but this is hardly the point. Even if you are to put the ethics of this aside the disappointment factor alone would create mistrust and frustration. The agent Ray White states that there is no Photoshop in this picture just a clever angle and shot on a wide lens. I refer you to my earlier point.

The Australian laws are unique as they are in most sovereign countries but managing your clients expectations is a universal rule of sales and this is a stupid and dishonest thing to do.

Ray White faces a $22,000 fine from the NSW Office of Fair Trading if the image is found to be false, misleading, or deceptive advertising.

Do you think this is deceptive advertising?  Leave me a comment so I know what you think.

Read the full article from Petapixel

Photographing Hotels

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Biggin Hall is a 17th century country hotel in the heart of the Peak District in Derbyshire England. As you may expect open fires and the smell of fine food are just two of the experiences that greet you. It is a charming hotel furnished with antiques and many original features. This was my experience of Biggin Hall and I wanted to capture that in the external picture. Taken at dusk to make the most of the warm atmospheric lighting from inside the hotel and lit with a small amount of flash to provide a slightly cinematic quality to the picture. Of course nothing in photography is straight forward and I could only get one of the lights either side of the path to work. With patience and a helpful member of staff I managed to resolve the problem. The intention was to bring depth and warmth to the front of the hotel and I feel that I have achieved this.

Monochrome Awards 2015

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Southbank Centre London/Nick Brewer

Always with a sense of hope and optimism do I press the send button for an entry to a competition. This year I was fortunate enough to receive to an  ‘Honorable Mention’ for two images both from the Brutalist project.  This is a novel experience for me and the boost to my morale and productivity seriously out weigh the ‘disappointment factor’ of never hearing from them again. I teach photography part-time and one thing that I consistently tell my students  is that hard work and determination are more important than natural ability. It is true not just in photography but a general lesson in life.

Albert Watson-Shoots Interiors

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Albert Watson

If you have picked up a copy of Vogue, in the past thirty years there is a good chance that you have seen Albert Watson’s work. The legendary photographer has created some of the most iconic pictures of his generation. His sitters range from Alfred Hitchcock to Steve Jobs. With this in mind you may find it hardly credible that he has turned his hand to interiors photography working for a real estate agent, Corcoran in New York. OK while that is true let me put into context to give it the proper meaning. Mr Watson is selling his penthouse duplex apartment in New York for $21,500,00. Rather than get someone like the author of this blog round he decided to do it himself. The place looks fantastic with great lighting and interesting angles. There are small things that I would have done differently but the objective of this type of work is to generate interest in the property and I am definitely interested so job done-it is now the small matter of the $21,499.00 I need to finalize the deal!