Notting Hill made famous by the Richard Curtis film is a charming part of London and the location of my latest picture. England has enjoyed an ‘Indian Summer’ with clear blue skies and the lovely Autumn smell that demotes a change in the seasons. Entering the property I could hear many voices some English and some Eastern European. Typically when shooting interiors the building work has finished and I am there to photograph the hard work of all those who have contributed, this was not a typical shoot as I was about to discover! With a highly sophisticated lighting system that was still being completed I had to contend with not being able to control the internal lighting. Photographers are problem solvers, it is part of the job, and while I could not fix the lighting I could adapt myself to the conditions. The daylight was clear and bright and I used this to my advantage. The builders were helpful, funny and prepared to move furniture around for me. I was asked to show how strong colours can work together in a modern home. The light on the chair provides a cinematic quality that I may not have achieved if the lighting had been completed. There is a touch of luck in every image that you make. The client was delighted with the end result and so was I.
Taken earlier in the summer during my trip to Japan. The museum was designed by Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa of the architect office SANAA in 2004. It is also my second entry to Art of Building with only one more remaining. When I started my career as a portrait photographer I struggled with the idea that architectural photographers were ‘only’ recording the work of others. Of course it did not occur to me that fashion photographers, car photographers and food photographers (add any genre you like) normally do not make the subjects they photograph. It does not reduce their creativity but careful consideration about what, when and how to photograph enhance the whole creative endeavor.
Between 2009 and 2015, siblings Thom and Beth Atkinson wandered the city in search of the spaces where buildings once stood before the blitz.
“From the mysterious gap in a suburban terrace to the incongruous post-war inner city estate,” they write, “London is a vast archaeological site, bearing the visible scars of its violent wartime past.”
This is taken from an article by Sean O’Hagan in the Guardian. It is an interesting look at architecture and archaeology and worth reading the full article.
The National Trust is now running tours for a ten day period starting from September 25th for those who are fans of this much maligned architectural style. This is a departure for the National Trust who typically only run tours of property that they own. Lets celebrate rough unfinished concrete because Brutalist buildings are being demolished all over the UK.