“Whispering Death” was the nick name for the F-111 fighter-bomber that were housed inside these Hardened Aircraft Shelters during the cold war in the RAF Upper Heyford, Quick Reaction Alert Facility, UK. I thought the moniker was also an apt title for this series of photographs of the military paranoia of the era. Crews sat for four hour shifts in nuclear-armed F-111 bombers, engines running in the middle of the Oxfordshire countryside ready to respond to any Soviet threat at a moments notice. The facility is the best preserved Cold War Airfield in Europe.
An assignment for De Boer structures and & Twelve PR to provide architectural photography of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show Great Pavilion 2014. I think I was the only one not primarily pointing their camera at the beautiful plants on display!
The wide angle interiors were taken with a wide angle (17mm) tilt shift lens. and the details with a 70-200mm telephoto lens. All were tripod mounted. A gentle gradient filter was applied to balance the tone of bright roof structure with the darker displays when they both appeared in the same frame.
Looks like an interesting discussion on Architectural Photography for those in London
Originally posted on The Miniclick Photo Talks:
We’re heading back to the Anise Gallery in London for our second panel discussion with them, in what we hope will become a pretty long series. Back in October 2013 we curated a panel on contemporary British landscape photography to coincide with Marc Wilson’s beautiful exhibition of his Last Stand work.
The gallery has a strong architectural leaning and in February, whilst Paul Raftery’s fantastic “Berlin Voids” exhibition is on, they’ve invited us back to put together a panel on architectural photography. Photographing architecture is an odd thing – creating two dimensional images of someone else’s work of art that is inherently intended to be experienced in three dimensions. Most buildings are seen by more people on the pages of magazines, or on blogs, than they are in person. It also has a history of being photographed empty, devoid of the people who the structure is intended to be used…
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My 20 favourite photographs from 2013 – happy travels for 2014!
1/ Western Desert Journey, Egypt more>>
2/ Landscape Magazine Cover Feature more>>
3/ Copper Staircase, Villa Mallorca by Arup & Studio Mishin more>>
4/ Sahara Sands more>>
5/ Manolo Blahnik, Harrods by Data Nature Associates more>>
6/ Apartment T by Krause Architects and Upton-Hansen Architects more>>
7/ AnalogFolk photoshoot cover feature in Conde Magazine more>>
8/ Pyramids more>>
9/ Infinite Forest more>>
10/ RAF Bicester Unlocked more>>
11/ Cancer Centre Naestved by Effekt & Søren Jensen more>>
12/ Invisible Gods more>>
13/ Bundeswehr Military History Museum, Dresden more>>
14/ Ridgeway: Momently Clinging more>>
15/ Saxo Bank HQ by 3XN, Copenhagen more>>
16/ Norfolk Horizon (Homage to Gursky) more>>
17/ Walk On catalogue cover more>>
18/ Canterbury Cathedral more>>
19/ Wadi Rum Journey more>>
20/ From Greenland to the Sahara: Interview more>>
The monastery of St. Catherine in Sinai, Egypt, is the oldest active Christian monastery in the world. It is the site where Moses is supposed to have seen the burning bush.
The monastery’s library holds a unique collection of Byzantine manuscripts second only to the vatican in scale. The site is sacred to both Christianity and Islam. A mosque was built within the walls of the monastery, but it has never been used since it is not correctly oriented towards Mecca.
Built between 548 and 565 the massive granite walls have stood for over fourteen centuries. The walls were repaired in 1801 during Napoleon’s Egyptian expedition. The bell tower was built in 1871 and contains nine bells of different sizes that were a gift of the Czars of Russia.