Posts Categorized: Architecture and Placemaking

Documentary Portraits – Leeds Design Agency

As It Happens!

I recently shot this reportage series of images for Leeds creative design agency DSEmotion. The brief was to get an honest set of images to reflect the friendly, creative and professional ethos of the company. My approach was to capture them “as it happens” with minimum setting up, posing of people and no rearranging of rooms. Just an honest set of images as I saw them, warts and all – preferably less warts in the final edit I suppose!

I mostly used a long focus lens with minimal depth of field to help blur the foregrounds and or backgrounds of the pictures. This helps to give them a fly on the wall feel to the set of images. I also took a few cameo shots of the office to reflect their work and give the set of images an added depth of interest. It was a great shoot to both photograph and edit – just me and my camera (plus a little fill-in flash here and there) and my eye for an image. How I did photography when I was learning but with the advantage of more than 30 years experience! Enoy the snaps. Harry

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The Leeming Building, Leeds

Reportage Shoot Around Leeds

I was commissioned to produce a set of images to promote the marketing of The Leeming Building, which is basically the offices at the Leeds Market. A major part in Leeds history, this iconic Grade 1 listed building has been rejuvenated to become a collection of unique, design led work spaces created to attract likeminded businesses. Dan, the creative director wanted me to capture relaxed natural feeling images of the hipster/artisan/independent side of the city’s local amenities. Armed with only my charm, wit and a cover letter to introduce myself to shop keepers and restauranteurs etcetera, I spent two half days seeking out interesting angles, people and cameo shots. It was a  really enjoyable shoot, taking me back to my student days with free reign to use my vision, connecting with people and the environment. I also shot all the external and internal photography for the brochure. Dan was really pleased with the final set of images and I’ve attached a few of my favourites below. Cheers, H.

External of  The Leeming Building & Brochure Link

Reportage Photo Gallery

Central Square, Leeds

Central Square is an iconic new office building, with the best design and specification ever seen in Leeds City Centre to date, so when I was asked to produce a full set of images for the developers I jumped at the chance. It took two days to produce internals, externals and twilight shots, organising models, lighting and negotiating the last of the workman on site. Account director Claire described the images as “Fantastic”, which is always a welcome pat on the back . Check out the links and published pages below. Many cheers, Harry.

Central Square Brochure.pdf

Central Square Website link

Project Latin

I photographed the marketing pdf and brochure for Project Latin in The City of London. The light proved really difficult and I tried a few times over the day, to get this cover shot. Late in the day thought, the light became glorious with sin skimming down the main front side and reflecting back onto the darker narrow right side with a dabbled sparkle. I was really pleased in the end! I’ve attached the full pdf showing my complete shoot from the day. Cheers, H

Click here to view the Project Latin Brochure pdf

 

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