With employees returning to the office, health and safety measures are accelerating workplace design trends for wellness, creativity, and flexibility.
A month before lockdown I photographed the new Fora at Arnold House in the heart of Shoreditch, as designed by Hassell and Tetris.
Futureproofing was considered from the start, not only in the internal layout and services strategy, but also through the use of a demountable partition system for flexibility of arrangement, re-use of materials and reduction of waste.
The design concept was inspired by the modernist spirit – combining the building’s original character with the evolving entrepreneurial nature of Shoreditch.
In keeping with the progressive nature of the area, the space offers a sophisticated environment echoing the evolution of workspaces. Lighter, brighter spaces are given over to co-working areas and social spaces. More focussed working areas and meeting rooms can be found deeper within the floorplate, reflective of the more intimate nature of the activities within.
Fora Arnold House has been nominated in the Workplace Interiors category for the prestigious Mixology Awards.
These are challenging times. The transport industry is experiencing a huge reduction in travel for work purposes. It has certainly been strange over the past couple of months flying with a handful of fellow passengers. The same can be said about train, ferry, and tube journeys. I continue to rack up the mileage.
While there is always a lot to be done in front of a computer, a photography business cannot totally be run from an office. I have been working with a number of clients on projects that have required all forms of travel. We have always followed the government guidelines to ensure that every job is delivered within the current restrictions and applied our own moral values to any engagement. I have been working in various different hospitals, on boats out at sea, at industrial energy facilities and with vulnerable people. I will be showcasing some of the work soon.
Yesterday was World Photography Day … yes, I am a little late to the party, but I was actually on assignment, photographing! I had a think about what photos I should post to celebrate this day and concluded that I should go with something a little self-indulgent!
World Photography Day is an annual, worldwide celebration of the art, craft, science, and history of photography. I am going to take this opportunity of saluting every photographer who expresses themselves through whatever device it is that they take pictures with. I have great respect for you all, from photojournalists on the front line of telling the truth to environmental photographers capturing the beauty of our plant, humanitarian photographers, art photographers, commercial photographers, students, and amateurs who love to experiment.
I have photographed in over 70 different countries, documenting subjects as diverse as mask dancing festivals in Burkina Faso, the effects of the Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine and the aftermath of 9/11 in New York. I am passionate about my work and embrace the challenges of collaborating with global corporations, magazines and NGOs alike. Every assignment is different, and, as such, is approached uniquely. I am always on the lookout for new creative partnerships.