I received two nominations at the 17th Annual Black and White Spider Awards announced at a prestigious Photoshow, streamed, Saturday 26th November 2022. The annual event was attended by industry leaders and the photography community from around the globe honouring the best in Black and White Photography.
Over six thousand entries were received from around the world, with my work receiving nominations in the “Photojournalism” and “Portrait” categories. Both pictures were photographed while on assignment for Microsoft.
The portrait is of Steven Lo, a Consultant Plastic Surgeon at Canniesburn Plastic Surgery Unit in Glasgow. He is pushing the frontier of surgery by investigating the potential for 3D Telemedicine.
I was also nominated in the ‘photojournalism’ category for my photograph of Spencer Fowers removing a server from the Northern Isles datacentre at Global Energy’s Nigg Energy Park facility in the north of Scotland. Project Natick is Microsoft’s research into the feasibility of an underwater datacentre, to determine whether it is logistically, environmentally, and economically practical
BLACK AND WHITE SPIDER AWARDS is the leading international award honouring excellence in black and white photography. www.thespiderawards.com
My photography of the award winning First Light Pavilion at Jodrell Bank currently features on the front cover of, and inside, the December/January 2023 issue of “Architecture Magazine”.
The First Light Pavilion was designed to tell the inspirational stories of Jodrell Bank’s world-leading contribution to science, heritage and culture.
The architecturally remarkable building was designed by Hassell Studios and engineered by Atelier One with the executive architects of JM Architect’s overlooking the entire project, Kier Construction building the large concrete dome and Armourcoat providing an insulated render that optimises the thermal performance of the building.
I was commissioned to photograph the new First Light Pavilion, to capture its stunning architecture and clever design within its location of the Jodrell Bank Observatory centre.
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Congratulations to DelAgua for celebrating 10 years in Rwanda with the millionth stove distribution last week.
I worked with DelAgua at the beginning of their carbon credit project called Tubeho Neza (“Live Well”), travelling in Rwanda to photograph the distribution days, community health worker visits and how the program is improving the lives of those involved.
The photography went on to form a major part of DelAgua’s marketing awareness campaign being published in the “Tubeho Neza” book and featuring in a number of magazines. I was also a winner with the photography, at the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards.
The DelAgua cook stove is designed to work for the reality of the lives of the families who use them. It uses wood, but just small pieces of twig and tinder, which rural families can gather without encroaching on forestry. Crucially the design of the stove increases thermal efficiency resulting in quicker cooking speeds and much lower fuel requirements. The stove requires at least 50% less wood than a traditional fire. The stove is durable and saves the equivalent of 14 tons of CO2 emissions over its seven- year life.
With a target of donating 2.3 million stoves by the end of 2023, Tubeho Neza project is one of the world’s largest cook stove projects.
Education and ongoing support is central to the work. Every family is visited by a Community Health Worker who explains the dangers of cooking on a traditional fire and household air pollution and the health advantages of cooking on the stove and they also make sure the family know how to use it. Behaviour change is immediate and lasting.
London is regarded as Europe’s leading technology centre with over 3,000 new businesses (according to Start-up Genome Project) as well as Google’s largest office outside Silicon Valley. Although the Financial and Insurance sectors remain key drivers, the Technology, Media and Telecommunications (TMT) sector has now overtaken these sectors in terms of office take-up in Central London.
Shoreditch and Tech City have become distinct as London’s new centre of creativity and innovation. The area serves as an incubator for start-ups in fintech, media, and technology, fashion, music and art industries.
The Epworth comprises a landmark 1930s Art Deco building beautifully modernised for the creative industries by award winning architects Buckley Gray Yeoman in 2018. The project involved the substantial refurbishment and reconstruction of three separate buildings to provide approximately 62,789 sq ft (5,833 sq m) of ‘best in class’ Grade A office accommodation arranged over lower ground, ground and six upper floors.
Earlier this year I was commissioned to photograph the iconic building. My brief was to capture how Buckley Gray Yeoman breathed new life into the building consolidating its mix of architectural styles whilst also remaining sensitive to the site’s prominent urban setting.
The rear half of the building has been demolished and rebuilt as a new steel frame behind the beautifully retained Art Deco facade. Two upper partial floors have been removed and replaced by three new floors, with the 5th and 6th benefiting from substantial roof terraces. Along both City Road and Epworth Street, new double height voids have been formed to link the ground and lower ground. The office floor plates provide high quality space sympathetically restored with a sophisticated industrial aesthetic.
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