As architectural photographers we tend to spend quite a lot of time in built up places. We regularly capture photographs of York city centre as we travel around we’ve put together some of our personal favourites from over the last year or so. We’re far from the only people that photographs York, as you’ll notice from the number of camera’s you’ll see when wondering around the city centre yourself. We’ve got some classic views and tried to put our spin on them with unusual light or with lengthened shutter speeds.
York Minster & Bootham Bar under a half moon. Exhibition Square A recent rain shower, provided some nice reflections of the pavement while the last rays of sunshine from the setting sun contrasted the sandstone buildings beautifully with the clear blue sky. A half moon above the Minsters’ towers completed the image.
Autumn morning below Lendal Bridge Early Autumn, just as the leaves were beginning to turn. A windless day
If you’ve passed by the Mansion House in Doncaster recently you will have noticed how good it’s looking. It’s recently undergone an external renovation and some select works inside. We were asked to send along our architectural photographer and document the completed works. It’s not an easy building to photograph as it’s quite a tall building and the relatively narrow street makes getting a nice perspective quite challenging. With some clever use of shift lenses however, we were able to counteract some of the natural distortion and create
Why use a professional interiors photographer? It’s a good question. Why pay for a specialist professional interiors and architectural photographer when you can take pretty good images yourself or get your wedding photographer pal to take them, because they’ve got all the kit anyway. Right?
Well, I’ve pulled together a few examples from the last few weeks to show you what you’re getting from an experienced professional dedicated to their field.
I’ve tried to demonstrate just a few ways the results can differ. Some of these are taken with lesser quality kit than we use on a day to day basis and other are taken with the same kit from the same place.
This lovely kitchen makes a good demonstration of how lighting and exposure blending can help transform the space from somewhere dark and somewhat oppressive to a much brighter, more airy space. It’s much easier to imagine baking some hot-cross-buns in the after image than in the before.
Tilt shift lenses are a photographer’s main tool when it comes to photographing architecture and it’s a tool an architectural photographer cannot live without. Tilt shift lenses have many uses but their primary function is to enable the photographer to control verticals when photographing large buildings or structures. Imagine taking a photograph of a tall building and the only way to fit the large structure in your image is to point your camera up, you will notice that the building will pinch at the top and start to look like a pyramid.
As an architectural photographer with York as our playground we are spoilt for choice when it comes to old buildings. Victorian, Georgian, Roman, there are structures from the past ten centuries to photograph. There will be plenty of York’s old buildings for you to look at over the next few months but here I’m going to share with you some of York’s more recent architectural heritage.
These photographs have all been taken at The University of York. Only established in 1963 York University is consistently ranked among the best universities in the UK and indeed around the world. A recent expansion into the Heslington East Campus has seen a range of newly designed buildings springing up offering a stark architectural contrast to the 60’s and 70’s buildings on the Heslington West campus.
We photographed two of the newer buildings, the York Sports Village building and the Ron Cooke hub, the central building to the Heslington East expansion. Architecturally they contrast and complement each other in equal measures. The Ron Cooke Hub, completed in 2010 at a cost of £15m shares a similar sweeping roofline to that of the York Sport Village building. The water at the Sports Village is all inside whereas the boardwalk and floating study pods connect the Ron Cooke Hub with its waterfront location.
The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has recently been involved in building a large number of new houses on the outskirts of York. I often drive by them and admire their form as I do. For these aren’t your standard ‘noddy house’. They have been built to custom designs, all are heated by a community heating system (a large biomass boiler based in the scheme’s community centre) and many have winter gardens, allowing them to grow plants and vegetables all year round, directly off their living accommodation.
Walking around the finished part of the development it’s easy to see that these homes make an interesting place to live. Full height windows, high ceilings, wide sweeping tree lined roads all give