York Photographs of Thor's Tipi and York Christmas Market

In Photographs; York City Centre

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.

Exhibition Square, Bootham Bar & York Minster with moon at sunset

Autumn morning below Lendal Bridge
Early Autumn, just as the leaves were beginning to turn. A windless day

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Golf leaf ceiling rose

Doncaster Mansion House – Architectural Photography

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

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Why Use a Professional Interiors Photographer?

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.



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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.

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dunham massey visitors centre, example of tilit shift lens

Tilt Shift Lenses – What are they and what do they do?

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.

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Our Architectural Photographer visits York University

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. Ron Cooke Hub sunset, Heslington East, York University York Sport Village heslington East, University, leisure centre

Another building in the older campus also benefits from a waterside location. The central hall, an excellent example of mid-century brutalism, will no doubt have many haters. Infact the independent named it amongst Britain’s top ten ugliest buildings.  You may have read previously that I have a bit of a soft spot for mid-century design. So it will come as no surprise when I say I think this is a great building. I think it is a shame that re-cladding has taken place and so the pattern and colour of the concrete is no longer playing its role. It’s a building to experience, the water level walkway and bridges create an environment most of us aren’t used to on a day to day basis.

York University Cental Hall and lake at sunset Central Hall York University dusk sunset monochrome black white

newbuild, derwenthorpe housing development York

Eco House Builder Photography | Derwenthorpe, York

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

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What to buy an architectural photographer for Christmas


Right. It’s December. So Christmas is now a word that is acceptable to use. That being so, I’m getting my Christmas list written up and sent over to Father Christmas ASAP.

So, what do you get an architectural photographer for Christmas?

Top of the list has got to be a helicopter and pilot. (Not once did I say this list was going to be realistic.) With a helicopter and pilot at your disposal not only can you get from location to location without the hassle of traffic and parking but you can get the opportunity to shoot some amazing stuff at the same time. Forget the step ladders or cherry pickers you can shoot from any elevation you require. Sorted.

A week’s stay in an architecturally exciting holiday home.

Something like The Shingle House in Dungeness would do it. I can kick back and relax and if I get bored then I have a willing subject to photograph. I don’t get busman’s holiday syndrome, I spend my life surrounded by amazing architecture but I don’t often get the chance to just relax and enjoy it.

A few nights in Dubai.

It might be a bit clichéd but Dubai is an architectural photographer’s playground. Of course I’d love a few days to just be alone with my camera and photograph some of the most exciting (and tallest) architecture around. The cherry on top would be pre-arranged access to some balconies for the best vantage points. Fussy? Never.

Guaranteed good weather days. Do you know what would be really handy? A few days throughout the year where I knew the weather was going to be sunny. I don’t mind when they are but to be able to have the guarantee would just make life for the year sooo much easier.

Book: A World History of Architecture

You can never know enough about architecture and this book looks to give a good grounding in all the major era’s and aesthetics.

Book: Balthazar Korab: Architect of Photography

A book containing the work of one of the greatest architectural photographers from one of my favourite periods, the mid 20th Century – What is not to like?