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  • Lamilux roof lights

    Clever buildings

    One thing that can be said for photographing buildings is that at least they are predictable. Well, it used to be like that but increasingly, modern buildings have a mind of their own which can make things more tricky. It started with those buildings which sense your presence and switch on the lights. Great for…

  • Ancient & Modern

    Most of my work involves photographing newly completed buildings so a recent commission to photograph buildings completed up to 800 years ago presented something of a refreshing change. One of the strengths of Nicholas Jacob Architects is its sensitively executed work in heritage settings so the practice has an expanding portfolio of church re-ordering projects. The practice wanted some images to represent…

  • Affordable photography for creative makers and trades

    It is often the work of small artisan makers and trades that contribute most to giving a space a unique look and feel. It is their craft and creativity that makes my work as a photographer such a pleasure and helps towards a positive photographic outcome. Creative design and making businesses are often the sole traders or very small businesses who…

  • This week I am reading . . .NORDIC LIGHT

    Volume, form, texture and colour are recognised as the basic pillars of architecture but it is light that that binds them together producing an aesthetic outcome. Photography is the science and art of capturing light and I think it is this partnership; light in architecture + light in photography, that is at the essence of capturing the designed…

  • accurate colour for architecture and interiors photography

    True colours

    How important is accurate colour to you? If you are an architect, interior designer or product manager and you have spent long hours agonizing over colour choices you will probably say its matters a lot. Achieving accurate colour reproduction in photography is actually far more of a challenge than you might imagine. Colours look different…

  • Central St Martin’s Summer School

    What an awesome experience! The Art Architecture and Photography summer school at Central St Martins in London provides rare access to photograph several of London’s most important cultural buildings under the tutorship of Diago Ferrari a leading Fine Art photographer working in architecture. The summer school gave uninhibited access to photograph two important brutalist buildings, the National Theatre (Architect: Denys Lansdun) and…

  • Thirteen steps to great photography of buildings

    When commissioned to photograph the built environment there are thirteen things I strive for . . . Set the building in its context Impart a sense of place / the feeling that a building evokes Emphasise the human dimension Investigate detail and textures Show how a building works Create tantalising glimpses of other worlds Produce…

  • Lakeside scene at Neuchatel, Switzerland

    Photography, Art & Architecture summer school at Central St Martins

    I am delighted to have been accepted to study with Diego Ferrari at the Photography, Art & Architecture  summer school at Central St Martins in London. This prestigious programme provides the opportunity  to reflect on how photography can better evoke an emotional response to a designed environment  and also how interventions in that space can change the way it is perceived. The…

  • Interiors shoot for Real Homes magazine

    Suffolk barn for Real Homes magazine

    They say that you can’t ‘take’ a portrait, you have to be ‘given’ it. There same is true of architecture and interiors photography only in this case it is the architect, the interior designer or whoever put the care into creating such a beautiful environment that is providing the gift. I was recently commissioned to shoot a beautiful barn conversion…

  • The Mix Stowmarket, Suffolk commissioned by Concertus

    Update your photography stock – your ‘staff photographer’

    It is a problem of priorities. You can’t keep on using the same old pictures. You intend to maintain an up-to-date stock of recent photography  but there are always more urgent things to do. This produces two problems. The time that images are actually needed rarely coincides with the project looking its best. Also, if you leave it…