Martine has been asked to act on a judging panel again, this time for the inaugural Lincolnshire Property Awards. Projects shortlisted include Willmott Dixon’s UTC in the former Lincoln School of Art, a beautiful conversion and new build by JR Architects which is up for the “best project over £5 million”. The awards will be announced on Feb 7th 2017 – so watch this space!
Ibstock Brick have sponsored a weekend workshop with Martine and RIBA for Cambridge University Architecture students, who have been learning about the technical and creative aspects of shooting commercial architecture. Ibstock have also launched an architectural photography competition which runs through the winter months and Martine will be on the judging panel looking for the ‘best building in brick’ in the south east.
The RIBA awards have been announced, with several buildings taken by Martine receiving well deserved accolades. Pictured is Derby Arena by Newcastle on Tyne based Faulkner Browns. This project is the first building in the East Midlands by this practice for several years and Martine was really delighted to be shooting for them again. Her first project for Faulkner Browns was way back in November 1993 in North Shields which featured in Architecture Today at the time and also won multiple awards – Wet n’ Wild Leisure Pool.
Martine has been hard at work for Leicester City Council this spring, shooting for their updated version of the 1992 book ‘Quality of Leicester’ which is due for publication later in the year. Her remit includes both historic and modern architecture within the city centre, whilst others cover the suburbs and parks. It is a city she knows very well, having shot many buildings there over the years for various architectural clients.
Following on from Martine’s popular training days for RIBA West Midlands, the East region has engaged her to run Architectural Photography workshops in Cambridge. The first was held at Cambridge University’s School of Mathematical Sciences, an award winning campus from 2003 by Edward Cullinan Architects, and it was a full house, with 15 attendees and fabulous weather to boot. One architect wrote afterwards that it was the best CPD event he’d ever attended, which Martine was delighted to hear.
Martine celebrates 25 years in business this summer and is marking the milestone with a retrospective exhibition at Bromley House Library in Nottingham from June 10th-August 19th. The show contains iconic imagery from the period including images from past exhibitions, published books and journals, together with award winning architecture which hangs across this stunning Georgian building.
We told you about our film for HLM during the summer and can now link to the results; click here…..
The Woolwich Centre film was launched at their 50th Anniversary party, held at Inox in Sheffield a couple of weeks ago. Martine was present for the event and was delighted by the reaction of HLM directors and guests. We have already been asked to work on new projects for them over the autumn and will look forward to producing these in due course.
Our architectural film making takes up increasing amounts of our time in the diary and is enormously challenging yet rewarding. Challenging from the point of view that styling and lighting a space for one frame is hard work, but for 25 per second it pushes things to a new level! The other aspect which can be frustrating is viewing parts of a building which naturally lend themselves to portrait format compositions, but of course when shooting for display on a TV screen or monitor, you’re always shooting landscape orientation only!
The Photography Show (fornerly Focus on Imaging) was held at the NEC 1st-4th March and this year Martine was one of the guest speakers on Manfrotto’s stage on both the Saturday and the Sunday. She was in good company too, with her fellow presenters including eminent landscape photographer Steve Gosling, renowned sporting shooter Eddie McDonald, rising fashionista Nicole Gomes and American superstar Joe McNally.
Martine has just returned from Fuerteventura with Photo Training Overseas where 56 photographers enjoyed her masterclasses held at the Elba Carlotta Resort & Convention Hotel. Oddly, the Canaries were not basking in blue sky and Martine felt as though she were tackling the usual problems of fickle UK weather. It made for a realistic challenge though and she ran the week’s shoots in the hotel’s casino, which was perfect for the groups to experience all the usual problems of controlling colour balance, high contrast and styling within a tight deadline.