The Royal Academy of Music has just unveiled two impressive new spaces: a fully refurbished theatre and a brand new recital hall. Both were designed by Ian Ritchie Architects, and I was lucky enough to photograph them in pristine condition just as they were being completed in January. The Academy put on their first show in the theatre last week and The Observer described the theatre:Read More
I've recently spent some time outside London, both for work and visiting family in Cumbria and Cornwall. It's been refreshing to point my camera at things un-man-made.
Reaching for the 70-200mm lens as first port of call, rather than the 17mm. Waiting for the clouds to cover the sun. Hoping things will be wet - or at least damp - rather than dry. All of which has thrown up some thoughts or reminders that I will be applying to my architectural and interiors work.
Roll on spring!
Fraher's Etch House (see here for more) has been awarded third prize in the highly-regarded 'Don't Move Improve' awards for London's best home improvement projects. And it had a great write up in the Evening Standard before Christmas. This project was a labour of love for Fraher's directors - it is their own home - so it's great to see it receive recognition. It's the most satisfying part of this job to see my photographs help good people and good design get the attention they deserve.Read More
On a very busy part of the Old Kent Road in south-east London is the former Peckham Civic Centre. At pavement level is a wrap-around mural created in 1965 by Adam Kossowski. Created from 2000 coloured ceramic pieces and covering 1000 square feet, it depicts the history of the Old Kent Road from Roman times through to Sixties high rises. It's full of expressive faces, rich colour, and is a really arresting sight (more than once I've been beeped at for lingering too long at the lights while I looked at it on the way to B&Q...).Read More
Some time ago I shot a set of images for Poulsom/Middlehurst of a gutted house that they were just about to transform. It is a 1960s, ex-council house on an estate in Nunhead, South London. The hallmark of the estate is long sloping roofs (hence 'Slope House') and the houses are deep but thin, with a really interesting floor plan around a small enclosed courtyard.
The original room configuration blocked most of the daylight from reaching the kitchen. Poulsom/Middlehurst knocked down walls, removed rafters, inserted roof lights, and constructed a dormer to create a new bedroom. The end result is a beautifully light and open three-bedroom family house. Scroll down for some "before and after" comparisons...Read More
This is Etch House by Fraher Architects and their sister joinery company Shape London. Lizzie and Joe - the directors of Fraher - gutted their Victorian terraced house and totally reconfigured the floors, walls and staircase to create a completely different space. It was fascinating to shoot something so different within the familiar confines of a South London terraced house (very familiar, 'cause I live in one!). There is more about the project in a write up on Dezeen: https://www.dezeen.com/2017/11/08/etch-house-fraher-architects-renovation-extension-london-uk/. Lots more photos below...Read More
A couple of weeks ago I shot a real feel-good project: local, environmentally-aware and beautiful. Chris Newman lives a couple of streets away from me, and over the last six years he has been transforming a typically cold and leaky Victorian house into a high-performance, warm, energy efficient family home.Read More
I'm lucky enough to live a short bike ride from Herne Hill Velodrome, which has been home to track cycling in south-east London for over 125 years. After falling into disrepair, an effort led by local riders through the Herne Hill Velodrome Trust secured the funding to repair the track and then to rebuild the pavilion, providing facilities for events, changing rooms, and seating for spectators.
Hopkins Architects - who designed the London Olympic velodrome - have created a beautiful curved timber building that reincorporates the Victorian columns from the original pavilion. The Trust crowd-funded a whopping £89,000 to complete the internal fit out. I took a set of photos for the Trust to document this fit-out and the pavilion and track in use on a sun-drenched Track League evening. Good work everyone...Read More