Autumn leaves


These light-table leaf images were created for a community outreach photography class that I’m currently teaching.  Each leaf comes from one of over 6000 trees that have been planted in the Olympic Park and include birch, elm, poplar, wild cherry and oak. Almost all the existing trees were removed during the demolition and land clearance for the Games but many of these tree species were then re-introduced to maintain local provenance. The Park landscape was shaped over a couple of years from 2010 during which these semi-mature trees arrived, so to speak, on the back of a lorry. 


Canada Water and Rotherhithe

A set of images prepared for the recent RIBA Friends walk and which architecturally mark some of the way from Canada Water to Rotherhithe.  I’ve yet to photograph the many converted warehouses which in many ways define the 19th century heritage of the area. Nelson House, which was listed in 1949, dates from the early 18th century and is London’s only surviving example of a type of Georgian property once common with prosperous ship-building owners.  



Boundaries

Over the summer I spent several days walking the perimeter of the Olympic Park looking at its boundaries. Ten years before a blue construction hoarding separated the land into an inside and outside.  These are a few of the images made that explore how photography can evoke, through traces and memory, what has otherwise gone from the landscape.  


Instone Wharf

London clay excavated from the Crossrail tunnels was removed by barge from Instone Wharf to Wallasea Island in Essex where it was used to create a nature reserve.  In future plans, the wharf becomes a terminus for a new ‘ecologically focussed’ Limmo Park, making accessible a large section of riverine landscape after the Crossrail compound at Canning Town closes.  These images are from the last bend in the River Lea landscape and are part of Walking the Leaway.  



Iceland

I have a new set of photographs from circumnavigating Iceland in June.  If I had the chance to return I would go back to the West Fjords region for the dramatic landscapes and scenery.  But that aside I was mostly interested in the vernacular architecture of Icelandic housing and industrial buildings.   



Saddlers House

The friezes helped us to express some of the paradoxes involved in making a piece of city out of a transient festival event”  Niall Mclaughlin Architects

Digital scans of the Parthenon Stones were cast as concrete panels for the exterior of Saddlers House and show athletes getting ready for a festival.  The Athletes’ Village fades somewhat into memory as East Village develops and so the design statement of this housing block seems ever more provocative and interesting.



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