RIBA curator Justine Sambrook announces the winners of a photography competition…
After a sunny afternoon spent taking photographs at the Alexandra Road Estate in Camden, my fellow workshop leader Andy Day and I were excited to see what the participants had produced – and we weren’t disappointed. I wasn’t surprised that the standard of the images submitted to us was so high. Alexandra Road is exceptionally photogenic, with its curving pedestrianised street, stepped façade and myriad of lush hanging plant life – not to mention the colony of cats keen to have their portraits taken!
Andy was experienced in shooting at the estate and instructed participants to look out for picturesque shadows and textures, stairwells and ventilation holes down to the car park below ground that created interesting visual opportunities as well as other top tips for achieving a good shot.
We decided to give two prizes of an A4 print of their choice for our favourite shots from the day. It was very hard to choose just two, but eventually we picked images by Vitor Fernandes and Ron Hewitt.
Vitor’s image makes clever use of the pattern formed by the sloping concrete walkways, defined by a fringe of plants that create a dramatic swathe of shadows in the strong sunshine. The figure breaks the regularity of the rhythm and adds a visual focus to the shot.
Ron’s photograph instead focuses on the activity of the residents of the estate. It is beautifully framed and adds an element of humour and dynamism to the architecture with this unusual situation.
Although these two were our ultimate winners, we were so impressed with all the work submitted to us, so well done to everyone and thank you for coming along!
If you’re feeling inspired and you’d like try your hand at some architectural photography then come along to the next Run Jump Shoot workshop on the 12 October 2013 from 1pm to 5pm, when we will be investigating the iconic architecture of the Barbican estate. Bookings and further details will be available soon in What’s On.
Curator, Robert Elwall Photographs Collection, British Architectural Library, RIBA