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How to draw a story

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Last week I was having a look through the first site that ever sat on this domain. It was an architecture and photography portfolio from my uni years, and whilst clicking about I stumbled across an old project.

The project was to design a school on a brownfield site to form part of a brand new extension to a town just outside Edinburgh called Granton.

With only 3D models of what the rest of the new town was going to look like, sources of inspiration were limited to the history of the site and the surrounding architectural remnants. I decided to try and design the school so that it would tell a story. The story didn’t have a beginning, middle, and an end, per se, but it told the history of the ‘place’ and how it connected to the rest of Scotland. I racked my brains for weeks over how to use different vistas of the same space, or interlocking spaces to give just enough info and evoke just enough emotion to covey this story of sorts.

Flicking through my notes I saw this quote:

“Often a transition is marked by a structure,
as a sentence is marked by punctuation,
bringing pause in the rhythm of one’s progress.”

Ian Hamilton Findlay

I wasn’t totally happy with the final design, but I always though that the ambition was an honourable one. Perhaps if I’d been reading back then I’d have had more success.

Here’s how to draw a story:
XKCD how to draw a story

That there is top notch data visualisation. ;)

An evening stroll through the West End

Monday, May 18th, 2009

I scooted over to the london seo get together, but decide to bail early and spend the evening strolling around London with a friend – something I’ve not had time to do for months.

Strolled through Covent Garden and up Shaftesbury Av, then popped into soho for dinner.

As I scooted home down the Strand, I drove past this classic car being run by what I think were two students from Imperial college. Its engine had a fantastic haphazard rhythm, and just as you thought it had settled into a song it would change entirely again. Very fun!

Battersea Prk (after a little April Shower)

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

Track, track, and more track…

Battersea Park after April Showers
(click to view larger)

I just treated myself to some new sports kit – not because I can afford it mind… but last weekend I got a blister the size of a 2p piece from my £15 football boots… now no more, yay! :)

Last snow in London

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2009

Last snow in London

All I can hear looking out of my window is the drip drip of melting snow. I think it’ll all be gone in 12 hours. What a beautiful day – all day long mums and dads were out with kids walking past my window throwing snowballs and carrying sleds on an unexpected holiday.

Lots of folk walking back from the shops with manageable (and some less manageable!) purchases. A bag of food for dinner – instead of the usual unnecessarily large Asda shop. Lots of chatter between strangers too. First thing I heard was an old chap telling a worried commuter that the tube tracks were under snow. She about turned and went back home!

Midnight Snow, take two.

Update – turns out the snow is still here (5th Feb) – but it’s definitely gonna be gone tomorrow! ;)

Snow in Putney!

Monday, February 2nd, 2009

It’s true, and I haven’t seen it for years!

After a morning playing lacrosse in the snow out at Haberdasher’s Aske’s School, I came home to a chilly but not snowy London and dozed all afternoon by the fire.  It wasn’t till 6pm that I removed the cats from my lap, got up and opened the curtains in the sitting room and saw the product of a wintery afternoon!  At about midnight I had an urge to go out and take some photos (in my dressing gown).

No tripod, and very rushed due to cold!

Took me a while to get out of the door and brave the cold!
Hazlewell Road, snow at midnight.

Hazlewell Road, snow at midnight.

The front garden:
Snow in Putney

My street:
Snow on Hazlewell Road

And a fox that I just managed to capture:
Foxes out in Putney on a snowy eve.

Next day update:  I can’t get to work!  London Snow Chaos!

Edinburgh to London contact sheets

Sunday, June 22nd, 2008

Having made the move from Edinburgh to London, I’m now heading into my second week of employment as a photographer! I’m working full-time producing architectural and interior photography, and the best bit of that I get a company scooter to get around London in! Actually, the work is the best part – I love having a job that means I’m not stuck in an office all day long. Such a good decision, and I’m so glad I got it!
Understandably I’ve been a little run off my feet getting used to everything and so haven’t had a chance to get going on the heavy editing work required for my recent Edinburgh to London project. So… in order to stave off the guilt for a while, I’ve scanned in the contact sheets which I just picked up from the developers. I was using an old medium format Hasselblad camera for the trip, and though most of the photos I took were on my D200, the quality and ‘feel’ created by the Hasselblad is too pleasing to resist. Unfortunately, development costs are somewhat prohibitive.

Below are some thumbnails, but I’ve uploaded them at full resolution so if you click on them you should be taken to a full-size version hosted on flickr.

Enjoy for now, and eventually I’ll get round to finishing the real editing work.

contact sheet







Friday, June 6th, 2008

I’m feeling a bit obsessed with colour lately, and these Lee filtersJeder Blackjack Spieler online roulette der Reihe nach einmal gegen die Bank (Runde). are a total blast to play with!

Yellow SkyGreen SkyBlue SkyRed Sky????????

Click on the photos for MASSIVE versions. I thought that they would make rather good desktop images, so once you’ve clicked on them, press ‘all sizes’, and you’ll find v v large copies up there for you to download.

Enjoy your weekend!

Old sites, new sights

Wednesday, June 4th, 2008

On my last day in Edinburgh I decided to photograph the Greyfriar’s graveyard which my bedroom window has overlooked all these years. I have popped in before, but never with a camera handy.
Though of course the gravestones made good subjects, it was the greenness (for want of a better word) of the grass and new leaves, that I was soaking up.

Spring is brilliant isn’t it.

A new start, Greyfriar's Graveyard.

A new start, Greyfriar's Graveyard.

The move to London, and 1 year anniversary!

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

Putney Bridge
Putney Bridge

SO, I have upped and moved to London, and I only just noticed, but the exact day that I arrived in London was precisely one year on from the date of the first post I ever made on this here blog! I was planning on doing some big posting about how I had or hadn’t achieved my aims, what I had and hadn’t learnt, the ideas I’m still working on and the projects that I’ve completed and am or am not proud of. The truth is, I’ve been so busy with the move that I have literally hundreds of photos I’ve not yet posted up. So instead of writing, I’m just going to be posting lots of photos up over the next week as I get round to editing them – so check back soon for lots of yummy tidbits.

Here’s to the next year!

Playing with filters

Monday, May 19th, 2008

A very kind friend of my flatmates dropped by with a chunky roll of scrap filters from the theatre that he works in. Contained within were lots of pieces of four main Lee filter colours, and I decided to stick them up to my window:

Lee filters on Edinburgh Castle

Just for reference, here’s the scene without any filters:
Lee filters on Edinburgh Castle

This photo is with just the yellow filter. It did appear yellow for a second but the iPhone adjusted, and it came out like this:
Lee filters on Edinburgh Castle

Here with just the red filter, pretty cool:
Lee filters on Edinburgh Castle

Here’s where it starts to get interesting. I started to overlay the filters, this one is the Red and Blue filters combined:
Lee filters on Edinburgh Castle

and this is Red and turquoise, my fave by far:
Lee filters on Edinburgh Castle

I can’t believe how infra red some of these photos look! So much fun, I’m definitely inspired to start playing with filters more. Also, putting filters onto flash heads will definitely be interesting.