Today we would like to introduce you to one of our clients Chris Redgrave, a photographer specialising in architecture photography.
Starting his commentary on the feature image above, Chris told us, “In ‘The Accelerated Then and Now’ series of photographs I have tried to explore the accelerated speed of development in London over the past 12 years. These imposed changes can be both exciting and unnerving to its citizens. One century’s worth of demolition and redevelopment in another town sometimes happens in 5 years in parts of London. Architectural change is one of London’s great strengths and defining qualities but it can sometimes be carried out and rushed through with the lead hand of a planning department which is after elusive revenue from large building schemes and having that near compulsory ‘Iconic’ building in their borough. The ‘Domestic Terminal’ shown above is of a demolished building on the site of a new major train terminal in London.
“The ‘Shard of Glass Foundations’ Is the site under London Bridge station where the ‘Shard’ has arisen.
“The ’11 Years’ Image is of the corner of one London building over the course of 11 years.
“The ‘Out of Site’ series of images explores how gauzes and scaffolding are often in place for years before anything happens to a building. This can in effect discredit the building or make the public forget what the building was or whether it had any merit. When a building is covered in these materials they are then either demolished or restored/converted and in the case of those that are knocked down the image of the gauze and scaffolding is the last that will be seen of the building.
“The ‘Out Of Site’ Image is of a triptych from which is part of the ‘Out of Site’ series which featured in the recent ‘Building Relationships’ exhibition at the Troubadour Gallery. Barcelona, Poland and Hong Kong.
“The ‘Bamboo Skeleton’ Image part if the Out of Site’ Series. Hong Kong
Current and future projects:
“‘Model Housing’ is a series which tries to explore what is still a massive part of London’s built landscape; 19th century philanthropic housing. For many years I have been documenting the surviving prototypes of these buildings and the social and political reasons for the differences in their designs. At their worst some of the designs have been likened to isolated barracks, ignoring the existing street pattern in favour of constructing giant dehumanizing blocks with their backs to the street, with little light or room inside.
“At their best some of these buildings had a design with a more humane scale and a connection to the street with shops integrated into the ground floor. Also in the better designs more consideration was given to what a family’s actual space requirements might be. The fact that many of these ‘model dwellings’ have survived is either testament to their success as a building type or shows that a much better alternative for high density affordable housing still hasn’t been fully achieved.
If you are interested in Chris’ work and want to find out more, please visit chrisredgrave.com.