My recent work on Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou is featured in an eight page article in the March 2014 issue of Architectural Record.
My friend Cameron Davidson, a prolific photographer based on the east coast of the United States, has established Fuse Visual, a low key site for fellow visual communication artists and professionals to share their work, visions and journeys.
One portion of the site features short interviews by Cameron with a variety of professionals across a broad range of photographic genres. Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in one of the 5×5 interviews and the results have just been posted to the Fuse Visual.
With the shot list on China Merchants all but complete, I headed across town to check out the new Shenzhen Stock Exchange designed by OMA. No sooner had I left the hotel when low cloud started rolling in across the sky, threatening to fulfill the forecast of showers for the remainder of the day. At least the wind was moving the cloud through at a decent pace, though I wasn’t sure whether this was a good or a bad sign.
Finding a coffee shop around the corner from the project, I figured on waiting a while to see if conditions improved. Naturally, no sooner had my coffee arrived when a quick flash of sun spread across the cafe floor, suggesting that perhaps some gaps were opening up in the cloud. Casually sculling my scaldingly hot beverage before wandering back outside, I was encouraged to see a growing expanse of blue sky spreading behind the imposing form of the building.
Further reinforcing my belief that if you don’t put yourself out there, don’t take a chance and risk failure, then you’re never going to get the real reward.
Occasionally on shoots, when the light is wrong or you’re waiting on access to something, there’s simply nothing to do but hang out in your hotel room. Happily, with my habit of searching out rooms with a view, this still turned into a productive opportunity for our shoot of China Merchants Tower in Shenzhen for Skidmore Owings & Merrill.
In Singapore, the much-lauded NUS Kentvale Staff Housing has been receiving a lot of attention. The project, designed by Singaporean firm MKPL, has garnered several awards both locally and internationally. Most recently, the project was recognized with the prestigious RIBA International Award for Architectural Excellence.
The project was also featured in issue AR133 of the Architectural Review Asia Pacific
It’s not often that I find myself completely shut down by bad weather. However after four days of near constant rain, with a looming publication deadline, unchangeable flights bookings due to holiday peak season demand and a faint glimmer of hope in the forecast, it became a case of simply waiting it out.
After exhausting all the scouting opportunities around the project and exhausting myself in the hotel gym, there was little to do but stare out the window of my hotel room while the laptop randomly threw out tunes from my music library.
With dusk approaching, no doubt considerably earlier due to the unrelentingly oppressive weather, the lights of the nearby towers spluttered to life. The low, fast-moving clouds engulfed the tower tops, spraying a diffuse neon glow across the sky as the ribbons of commuting car lights winding their way home glistened against the sodden roads below. This truly felt like a window onto another world.
As if reading my reflective mood, the muted tones of the original Vangelis score to Blade Runner wafted out across the room. Most fittingly, it was the very last track where Roy (played by the amazing Rutger Hauer) offers one of the most moving death soliloquies in cinematic history .
“I’ve… seen things you people wouldn’t believe… Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched c-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those… moments… will be lost in time, like tears… in… rain.”
More than thirty years after that film was released, those worlds and those words, continue to delight and inspire me.
Pelli Clarke Pelli has just released a self published monograph of their recent tower projects from around the world which includes my photographs of International Finance Centre in Hong Kong, Ocean Financial Centre in Singapore and the Shanghai International Finance Centre.
Leddy Maytum Stacy’s San Francisco Fire House No.1 was featured in Metropolis magazine’s October 2013 issue.
At the 2014 Canon APPA Awards held in Melbourne over the weekend, I was very pleased to have had the Denton Corker Marshall Houses monograph awarded as the 2014 AIPP Australian Photography Book of the Year. The monograph documents six residential projects completed by Denton Corker Marshall over the past two decades. I worked closely with the firm to produce all the photography in the book. The book was designed by emerystudio in Melbourne and published by Birkhauser of Switzerland.
The Adobe Systems Inc. building in Lehi, Utah designed by WRNS Studios is featured in an article in the August 2013 issue of Architectural Record