Archive for April, 2009


Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Talk about hitting a high note in Opera….

Leaving Sydney this afternoon the beautiful clear day presented me with a wondeful view of the always inspiring Sydney Opera House. From this distance you can really see what an astounding icon it is for Sydney and Australia. 

Top Night

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

I am humbled to have recently been named Capture magazine’s 2009 Australia’s Top Photographer at an industry event held in Sydney. The award is voted on by all the professional photographers nominated across a variety of categories. This is the third year running I was named winner of the Architecture category but my first with collecting the overall prize. My thanks again to Capture Magazine, Momento and the other industry sponsors for their generous support of the event.

Two days later in Frankfurt, the 2009 European Architectural Photography Prize was being presented at the Deutsches Architektur Museum. My series of images on the theme New Homelands was awarded Second Prize. Thanks to Thomas for sending some photographs of the event.

Photograph by Thomas Koculak

Low Life

Monday, April 20th, 2009

I was pleasantly surprised to see Taschen’s recent Architecture Now 6 featuring my image of the National Aquatic Centre in Beijing on the cover.

This series of images was made during the first few days that the major Olympic venues were open to the public in mid 2008. As such, security was extremely tight and tripods were not allowed within the site.

Fortunately, my pared down kit also contained a baby Manfrotto table-top tripod. Using this to support the Alpa SWA, albeit six inches off the ground, provided a rather interesting perspective on the groups of people walking past the building.

Bar Hopping

Sunday, April 19th, 2009

Seems most jobs these days involve spending at least a little time behind bars.

As access to potential vantage points for views to our projects become harder and harder to arrange, one is increasingly restricted to shooting from wherever you can get a clear view, or within the short space of time available until someone in a uniform turns up to harrass you. 

Even with explicit and confirmed permission, the suspicion that now surrounds taking photographs of buildings has become a daily hassle in the photography of architecture.


Friday, April 10th, 2009

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Every time I walk into one of those enormous John Portman lobbies, I can’t help but think of that Gursky photograph of the Grand Hyatt Shanghai (designed by SOM). You know, the rather dull one looking straight across the otherwise dynamic and soaring atrium space….. I never really got the whole Dusseldorf school’s thing about non-participation. 

Photograph Artwork by Andreas Gursky

Admittedly, seeing the large scale print of the Gursky image in a museum was rather impressive but having spent a good deal of time photographing the same space for the Hyatt some years earlier, I can’t help but feel his was a pretty demure response to what I thought was pretty entertaining architecture.

In any case, here’s my ten seconds worth of input into Ode to Andreas at the Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore.

Big Fan, Big Fan

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

While attending the Palm Springs Photo Festival in late March, I took the opportunity to head out and mix it up with some local fans.

Oddly, the wind was howling through the valley and the only place to keep the camera steady was in the wind shadow of the rental car. The sheer number of wind turbines in the valley was quite staggering, literally everywhere you looked. However finding a camera position that provided a “clean” view that lent some sense of order to the chaos proved a challenging prospect.