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Hull – a short walk with a camera…

Last Wednesday I took a trip over to Hull for a meeting and, later, a networking event. Between the two, however, I had a bit of time to have a wander around the city with my camera. I say ‘around the city’ when, in reality, I only had time to walk from the car park down to the estuary and back. Anyway, it was enough time for me to go have a look at my intended subject; Scale Lane Swing Bridge. After finding a few choice compositions there I continued down to The Deep. Yes, I know it’s probably the most photographed building in Hull, but I had yet to join in. And besides, I was more taken with the Centre for Digital Innovation (or C4DI) opposite. It’s nice to see such an industrial location like Hull getting an injection of more modern architecture.   I like the contrast between the two building details here. It seem the C4DI took it’s design cues from The Deep…   Once it was time to head back I made my way over to the Lightstream Stadium (the home of Hull Kingston Rovers) for the latest meet up of The Property Club. The group […]

Corfu…

Kelly and I were recently lucky enough to have a week’s break in Corfu – our first trip abroad since our honeymoon six years ago! – so I thought I’d share a couple of the snaps I took which highlight the architectural differences between the UK and Corfu. I won’t waffle on about them – just browse and enjoy…                         And it wouldn’t be Greece without a picture of a cute kitten…

A bit of history…

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 […]