What do I do? Picture = 1000 words…

My work is diverse, and specialised at the same time. This can make it surprisingly tricky to explain what I do – and because I’m listed on various Web databases as working in the “Homes & Gardens” sector it means I get press releases all the time from PRs about this loo-brush or that birdhouse, a new line produced by one of their clients… Sorry guys, I don’t write about products – though if clients want product photography, I’m delighted to oblige.

Largely I photograph the built environment, specialising in domestic interiors for the editorial feature packages I produce; and I undertake commissions to shoot people, places and products, which are often related to housing, construction and related fields. I’ve been commissioned to shoot just about every aspect of houses at one time or another, from top to bottom. The other day I started listing different aspects of the built environment that I’ve photographed, but gave up after the first few. Here are some photographic examples, a self-explanatory picture being, as they say, worth a thousand words.  From the top, down…

roofing materials

Roofing products such as tiles & slate are not in themselves very interesting, so you get up there on the roof with the guys who install them – and show some human interest…

I did a series of shoots on construction sites for the PRs representing a major manufacturer of roofing materials; I got up there with them, and shot the guys in action. And shooting lots of new roofs all together can make a good picture.

massed roofs, housing development

Only way I could shoot these massed roofs was to use the highest cherrypicker I’ve been on – actually a giant forklift with a cage on the forks. Tried not to think about swaying slightly in the wind…

Beneath a roof, you get ceilings – which are, again, not very interesting in most cases. Here are a couple of exceptions.

ceiling photography

Emphasising a significant ceiling – sometimes a floor at the same time, if it works – usually entails shifting the axis of the lens vertically. An exercise in contrast: a 14thC Kent farmhouse, and a new deluxe Italian villa.

Two or three metres below ceilings, one finds a floor, which sometimes needs to be displayed:

reflective floor photography

The super reflective tiled floor in this high-spec new home looks glitzy, and helps to show off the various types of lighting too.

Less glitzy but super tough (and attractive) is the newly carpeted floor of a showpiece new primary school:

school corridor

Different types of fixtures and outfitting needed to be recorded for the suppliers, in this showpiece new school.

The bits of houses that join together the living spaces are not necessarily worth photographing – but sometimes they have to be shot, with some added interest.

staircases

Modern staircases also tend not to be interesting in themselves, but lighting, camera angle, or introducing people moving, can perk things up.

I specialise in interior photography, but exteriors too need to be covered – even when they’re not especially exciting…

ducks

These farmbuildings converted into multiple occupation were not architecturally adventurous, but an assistant proved adept at wrangling some nearby ducks! We got them parading back and forth, to add interest and highlight the appeal of these new homes: farm life, the countryside, nature…

When in doubt, add some human interest: a swimming pool is a hole in the ground filled with water, but the point of a pool is to add a degree of luxury to life, relaxation, enjoyment – even a touch of glamour…

swimming pool with female model

What’s a swimming pool for? people – and a pretty model reminds us of that, as well as adding interest to an otherwise rather mundane subject.

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