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
Back at the beginning of the year we had the pleasure of photographing this lovely holiday cottage, right in the city centre of York. It had been beautiful restored and updated (I’d actually photographed it when it was for sale in its dilapidated state) and transformed into a great holiday let in the perfect location for exploring York
Styled in a laid back country style, yet impeccably
This is dream house sort of stuff. Stunning south facing garden, beautiful original features, (mostly) fantastic light and elegant interior design. Another one of the type of properties our York interiors photographer loves to photograph.
There’s no doubt about it, white/neutral walls make a house easier to photograph. Bouncing light off pale walls is as easy as pie for someone with years of experience in the game. And the photographs usually look pretty good. Sometimes though a bit of colour, and the challenges that brings to photographers can set a house apart and really make it sing. This period property had a great mix of both neutrals and strong colours. The results speak for themselves showing a house with soul and character.
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
Property age tends to have the biggest effect on the look and feel of a property. There will, of course, always be exceptions with contemporary conversions of old building and new build ‘mock’ architecture switching things around and throwing off your preconceptions made on age alone. This beautiful York terrace had period charm abounds. Detailed architraves, cornices, dressers, balustrades, fireplaces, the list went on and on. It can sometimes be difficult to carry a properties charm across in photographs and this is where using a good professional photographer pays dividends. Every house has to be approached on its own. While there are ‘rules’ that can be applied to
Hotels encompass almost the complete package when it comes to property photography. Bedrooms, bathrooms, lobbies, restaurants, bars and exteriors all need to captured. All this usually on top of working around guests and staff. It’s important to portray the personality of the hotel at the same time as creating photographs that jump out at prospective guests when they are trudging through the hundreds of images of various hotels when looking for a place to stay. As York Hotel Photographers we are experienced in bringing out the best your hotel has to offer. We know the bits to focus on that will come across best to potential guests and the experience to ensure they are captured beautifully in your photographs.
On this shoot we were photographing for the builder that had completed the works who were looking to demonstrate