The idea of the workplace has changed dramatically in recent years. No longer just a physical setting, done right, the workplace can contribute to enhanced employee health and wellbeing, create a sense of community and improve pride in a place of work.
I was tasked to photograph the new International Quarter London building, which is a joint venture between Lendlease and LCR, designed specifically as the new headquarters for the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).
Sitting within a 22 acre site that connects seamlessly to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the emerging Cultural and Education District, IQL is in the heart of Stratford. Combining workplace design expertise, Stratford’s green open spaces and outstanding transport connectivity, FCA staff will also have access to a range of facilities including an onsite gym, large roof terrace and 200-seat auditorium.
The new building was designed by world-acclaimed architects, Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners, to emulate the very latest thinking behind progressive ways of working. With the health and wellbeing of its occupants at the very forefront, it boasts stunning views of the City of London, as well as innovative design features. A key feature of the building is the atrium which has been designed as an open working environment. There are different work settings within the atrium for people to either work together or on their own.
The building has achieved the highest environmental rating for materials used. Innovative Closed Cavity Facade cladding monitors the position of the sun and adjusts the blinds accordingly, working with multi-service chilled beams to keep temperatures comfortable in the building without compromising on maximising natural light for its occupants from the floor to ceiling windows. 100% fresh air is circulated throughout the building, forming a healthy and stimulating environment to work in.
Around 6,300 employees are now established at IQL with the FCA and Unicef moving their headquarters to the development over the summer. They join TfL who moved to their new building, 5 Endeavour Square, in September 2017. Construction of the third commercial building is in progress, with space there pre-let to Cancer Research UK and British Council. Together they shall bring around 2,400 further staff to IQL when they move in late 2019 and early 2020 respectively.
The Beauty of Humanity Collection hardcover book featuring my work along with other fellow artists that contributed to the Scope Art Show during last year's "Art Basel Miami" show has now been printed and will be on sale in a weeks time.
The work within The Beauty of Humanity Collection, represents an important part of a global creative dialog.
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The work selected here was proudly displayed at the 15th annual SCOPE Art Show on Miami beach with over 40,000 visitors in attendance.
The photograph was taken for the peace organisation, International Alert and is of a traditional West African dancer waiting to perform at the Liberia Peace Festival. The Liberia National Peace & Cultural Festival sees people from different cultural, linguistic & ethnic groups coming together to celebrate peace in a country that was torn apart by 14 yrs of conflict and recently suffering from a Ebola epidemic.
My series of photographs taken in the Caucasus was among the top-rated entries in the Exposure Awards 2015 competition. It was a record breaking year with entries from photographers located in 120 countries on 5 continents.
I photographed a series of portraits for the organisation “International Alert” to highlight the current situation in the Caucasus. The work was exhibited both here and abroad under the title “Conflict is not the division of land but the division of people”.
Since the beginning of 1988, the Azerbaijan and Armenia conflict over the disputed area of Nagorno Karabakh has led to the existence of three parties to the conflict, that is the governments of the two sovereign states as well as that of the unrecognized ‘Republic of Nagorno-Karabakh’. This division of people is a factor which has made a solution to the conflict all the more difficult.
The conflicts over Nagorny Karabakh remain a major obstacle for economic development and certainly for cooperation across the region. But people who are participating in dialogue meetings are seeing that business and economic interests could be a way of bringing people together.
The portraits capture faces of different people from different states in the region and vividly represent the human side of conflict, where each individual remains above all a human being with his or her right to be what they are, wherever they live, with dignity and in peace.
My photograph of a boy playing and cooling off in a river after school just outside of Kigali in Rwanda, has qualified for the second stage of judging in this year’s main category “Happiness” of the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum International Photography Award (HIPA).
In its fifth year, the awards have attracted an international reputation as one of most important competitions in photography, with over 200,000 submissions from over 120 different countries.