“The object of architectural photography is to make a building understandable to someone who has not been to visit it.” Jeff Wall*
“Most of [architectural photography] tends to fetishise the structure and texture of a building rather than illustrate its purpose, focusing on the architect’s resolution of shape and volume rather than the trickier task of resolving the dynamics of a space with its occupancy.” Simon Bainbridge†
“Within the strict definition of the term, architectural photography is product photography, and is actually not that interesting….” Gerry Badgerº
“I used to take hold of [a particular door handle] when I went to my aunt’s garden. That door handle still seems to me like a special sign of entry into a world of different moods and smells. I remember the sound of the gravel under my feet, the soft gleam of the waxed oak staircase, I can hear the heavy front door closing behind me as I walk along the dark corridor and enter the kitchen, the only really brightly lit room in the house.
Looking back, it seems as if this was the only room in the house in which the ceiling did not disappear into twilight; the small hexagonal tiles of the floor, dark red and fitted so tightly together that the cracks between them were almost imperceptible.
Memories like these contain the deepest architectural experience that I know. They are the reservoirs of the architectural atmospheres and images that I explore in my work as an architect.” Peter Zumthor^
These are the basic tensions I seek to engage with as an architectural photographer.
(More detail to follow soon....)
* Herzog & de Meuron Natural History (Canadian Centre for Architecture & Lars Müller Publishers, 2002/2005) p.66
† British Journal of Photography Volume 161, Issue 7828, September 2014 p.4
º British Journal of Photography Volume 161, Issue 7828, September 2014 p.37
^ Peter Zumthor, Thinking Architecture 2nd Edition (Birkhäuser, 2006) pp.7-8
Before establishing myself as a photographer, I spent just under a decade pursuing academic interests in philosophy, architecture, and law, specialising in the philosophy of architectural aesthetics.
—Cambridge University, 1998-2001
—Newcastle University, 2001-2003
—King’s College London, 2003-2006
—City University, London, 2006-2007
My current work is divided into personal and commercial projects. Personal projects explore philosophical questions in architecture and the built environment. Commercial projects so far include documenting major buildings and construction sites in central London, such as Tate Modern, Bloomberg Square and Crossrail.
On commercial projects, I endeavour to understand the conceptual basis for the design, and to depict this with a sensitivity for spatial qualities, materials, structure, how the building is used, and how it integrates into a broader geographical context.
Enquiries regarding commercial commissions, gallery exhibition opportunities, collaborations on artistic projects, and consultancy work related to architecture, photography and imaging are all very welcome.