When I leave the office, I sometimes put on a cape and mask and fly through the city behind my superhero alternative identity: a photographer. The crossovers between architectural lighting design and architectural photography are myriad, and I hope to explore some of them in later posts. For now, though, I'll simply say that as a photographer and lighting designer, one of my favourite parts of any project is visiting a site once completed. This is true of anyone involved in a construction project, of course, but I also particularly enjoy working my way through a project and attempting to capture everything that makes it special in a series of images.
The final selection of photos used from a shoot often ends up performing a very explanatory role - this area has this function, and look how the light and architecture of the space helps define and celebrate it - but there's also a more fleeting, evocative role that imagery can take on.
The Maggie's Centre in Lanarkshire
is one of six projects up for for the RIBA Stirling Prize
, and the winner will be announced this evening. You can visit the project page
for more information, but I thought I'd also share a few more photos from my shoot there. They don't tell the whole story - you'd have to visit the project yourself to get such an understanding - but they capture a few moments that I rather liked.