I thought I’d share with you a little part of what brought me to my love of architecture and design. Whilst studying at photography at Huddersfield University I found myself drawn to the urban environment and it’s structures and patterns. I would find shapes and lines within the blank (and often bleak) concrete landscape before me. I’d often go wandering around the town with my trusty Rollei SLX medium format film camera (that’s right, I learned on film!) looking for new vistas and viewpoints in the most mundane locations…
It was this ‘urban exploration’ that guided my choice of subject for one of my final year projects at university. Living in the North of England you soon notice the abundance of old mill buildings, left over from the area’s prosperous industrial history. During my study I also noticed just how many of these old buildings were being rejuvenated for different purposes, like retail outlets or swanky apartments. The result was a project to study the juxtaposition between the outside history and inside re-use of these old buildings…
The penthouse apartment of the Centaur building in Leeds:
Dean Clough art gallery in Halifax:
Priest Royd Iron Works in Huddersfield:
Red Brick Mill in Batley:
And so began my love of architecture and design. Hopefully that love will shine through in the work I display in future posts on this blog.