1 Angel Square, designed by architects 3DReid, is the Co-operative Group's new headquarters in Manchester. The building provides office space for around 3,500 staff, and being built to BREEAM 'Outstanding' rating makes it one the most sustainable large buildings in Europe.
With some time off and the beautiful weather we are having I took the opportunity to explore some of the Peaks. Something I've always loved about being based in Derby is not only its access to motorways to travel the UK, but also its proximity to the Peak District.
The images below show the ridge going from Mam Tor up to Kinder Scout, Edale and Stanage edge.
After a hectic few months I've finally found time to update you all with a new blog post..
Here you can take a look at my recent shoot for my new project titled 'The Atrium'. For which I visited the Nottingham Trent University's Newton Building to photograph it's 2009 redevelopment.
The £90m redevelopment of the Newton & Arkwright buildings was designed by Hopkins architects to join the two buildings and provide a new centre for the university city campus. It was recognised by RIBA only 2 days after opening for its architectural excellence and was praised for its 'seemless transition between new and old'.
Here is the image from the shoot (watching in HD recommended):
And here's the behind the scene:
The Enterprise Centre is a £8 million building designed for the University of Derby by Pick Everard Architects. The building offers conference spaces, meeting rooms, office space with the aim to help business start-ups.
This is just a quick update to say I've been busy shooting, including two days down in Cardiff last week. The main images from which were part of an exhibition. These are from the ATRiuM building, University of South Wales.
The local communities of the Lower Derwent Valley have always intrigued me, especially the small local businesses. I have always admired how they are still doing business and competing with the large supermarkets that have inevitably moved into the towns. This spurred on my interest with this project, how the business owners put so much time and effort into their business and the close-knit community they create, a community which I feel is often overlooked by locals.
I've been working with the Derwent WISE heritage lottery bid, which aims to restore habitats and promote public and community engagement amongst a long list of other things. To find out all the details please visit the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust page about the bid.
As part of this project I've photographed various small local business owner and workers from around the area. I've looked into how the businesses have grown and changed over the years, and how the community’s perception of these businesses has changed.
I’ve found this a rewarding photographic experience, speaking to the local business owners and hearing their experience and views on the current economic climate was very interesting. I hope this is evident within my images, I aspire that you will see these images and think of how the owners have successfully run their business for the past 10 or even 30 years, and how they will hopefully still be such a large part of their community in the future.
On Wednesday (14th) I headed The Vic Inn, Derby, to photograph Hope & Social for Louder Than War and Noble and Wild. I also photographed my friend playing as his stage name Lonely Robot, and Nottingham band August Actually. I'd listened to some of Hope & Social's music before, and was really impressed. But this was nothing on their live show!
The 9 band members squeezed onto the small stage. with their large variety of instruments, the crowd closed in and the scene was set. Starting with a very quite acoustic song, lead singer Simon got the crowd wanting more, and for the next hour, the songs were cleverly merged with little interludes and jokes, always keeping the crowd intrigued and entertained.
At one point near the end of the set, lead singer Simon start strumming his guitar and walks into the dark crowd and starts singing Looking for Answers (personally my favourite song) in his very unique and slightly eerie voice. As the song goes on he gets the crowd to sing along. Writing this now, I can only play this over and over in my head, it was just a perfect moment in an amazing gig!
Anyway, without further ado, here are the images from the night.
Have you seen Hope & Social, August Actually or Lonely Robot live? what did you think?
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