Sometimes it all just comes together perfectly…
The montage below is a number of images taken for the HFM architects website of a new office suite we have recently completed. The while space is clad with a translucent panel which gives a lovely airy feel to the space which I tried to capture. The images were taken on a Sony A7r, and using a second hand Canon 24-70 f/4L IS lens which was cheap to buy as it had a small mark on the front element, but which I have found to be absolutely stellar, particularly for it’s class leading low distortion at the 24mm end.
My wife and I have an affinity for Piers due to our work with Hastings Pier trust. Last weekend, we visited Clevedon Pier on the way to the southwest. It’s absolutely lovely and no surprise that it’s the UK’s only Grade I listed pier. Just a few snaps from there…
My wife and I visited the South-West of England over the weekend past and one of the places we took in, albeit far too briefly was Wells Cathedral. As a student of architectural photography I was only too aware that one of the most famous early 20th century architectural photographs – ‘A Sea of Steps’ was made there by Frederick H. Evans (the first link is to Christies and shows a print of this famous image has sold for $233,000).
According to Britannica Evans was; “A man of strong opinions on many subjects … constantly involved in controversy. His most impassioned beliefs involved what he considered to be the proper practice of photography. A purist, he believed in never altering a photographic image after exposing the film. His goal was to create an aesthetically and spiritually satisfying image, utilizing the play of light and shadow on static architectural structures.”
I would subscribe to much of this and do try to take very straight shots which require as little processing once they are off the card as is practically possible so, as a little homage to Evans, I decided to reprise that iconic image of the stair to the Chapter House. I popped my Zeiss 18mm on to the front of My A7r and made a couple of exposures. A cropped from which is here.
While the soft, filtered light of the cloudy day is very beautiful I don’t think I achieved the composition…
I also made a shot of the Chapter house ceiling itself (below) which make full use of the lens’ low distortion and 100º diagonal field of view.
Some shots of Madness at the launch event for Hastings Pier last Saturday… All taken with a Canon Eos 5D. What a pleasure to be able to focus properly in low light in a way that my A7r just isn’t capable of
We visited the revamped and revitalised Hastings Pier on Saturday. This was a rewarding experience as my wife was a trustee for a couple of years and I was a core volunteer. We both contributed to setting up the shop and providing it’s best selling product and my wife was key in appointing the design team via an RIBA run competition, so has a particular interest in how the project has turned out.
We reckon the Architects – dRMM have done as well as they could – Budgetary constrains mean the buildings are not as exciting as originally planned but the results are really good when you are close up to them, with a high standard of detailing. The crucial thing is that, unlike so may of England’s grand piers this one has a future.
A gallery of images;