Water - The Elixir of Life

Images of water work wonderfully for interiors as they have a horizontal and vertical movement to them, a softness of lines to compliment the straight lines of the walls, ceilings and corners. Water displays multiple, vibrant colours which help to highlight and merge the colour pallet of a room together and bring elements from outside, in.

Water is so versatile and full of life, I love the way the light dances on the surface creating wriggling lines as it moves in time with the breeze leaving dazzling patterns and new colours. Whether you seek a room that is striking or tranquil, this element achieves it.

So what of the effects. This is an element with multiple personalities. powerful, aggressive, strong, rough, wild, dangerous yet also calming, relaxing, welcoming and kind.  My appetite to photograph it on my travels is insatiable.

I captured it’s calming effects in many of my images with boats floating on it’s surface. Calm and serene as they sit waiting in harbours. Perfect for bathrooms and guest bedrooms. Yet the force awakens at sea. ‘Wave cutteris an image of a boat I was on, cutting through the water.  Colours grew out of the waves and a new energy was created.  An empowering feeling to bring in to the workplace.

With wild and spirited excitement, water reminds us of the perfect combination of beauty and danger. ‘Red Rods consists of a calm, neutral background with flashes of crimson. This photograph was taken in a harbour in Yarmouth at dawn. It is a blend of serenity and danger that will bring a flash of vitality to any room. 

Home to so many amazing living things, water it is the elixir of life. ‘Pond Life’ shows life below water and reflections from above. The water has fascinating depths in more ways that one. You see reflections on its surface, movement in its shape and prism effects through its depths. This photograph was taken in China. The reflections of the leaves and the fish being at different depths gives this multi-layered kaleidoscopic photograph a mystical feel. Look closely for March hares in bow ties! 

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Traditional vs modern architecture in London. Where do you stand?

Our Capital’s architecture is quite spectacular. The city is filled with many different architectural styles. London is continually growing and changing, building on its own past. There is an eclectic combination of modern and traditional architecture. Let’s start with the traditional..

From Westminster Abbey to St. Paul’s Cathedral, London has some awe-inspiring structures. Westminster Abbey is a classic example of Gothic architecture. Developments on this structure spanned from as early as the 11th century to 1745, and it’s still not over! The Abbey is due to be given an exterior turret with lift, designed by Ptolemy Dean, and this is expected to be unveiled later this year. St. Paul’s Cathedral is a Baroque style building that was designed by Wren. It was the tallest building in London until 1967. Seeing buildings in London like this is inspiring, they feel nothing short of regal. The elaborate yet bold architecture reminds us of the rich history of the city.

The more modern structures in London are just as impressive. Undoubtedly one of the best examples of London modern architecture is the iconic GLA Southwark (check my Instagram for my interpretation of this) constructed in 2002. It was designed by award-winning architect Norman Foster in a futuristic style. When designing this building, he took inspiration from his involvement in the renovation of the Reichstag in Berlin. It was actually designed to look as if it had been scooped out of “The Scoop” amphitheatre, which sits adjacent. Structures like these are also inspiring, but because they make you look to the future, rather than the past.

You take a look at The Shard and then at Tower Bridge, and they’re polar opposites, but both make a strong impression. Traditional vs modern architecture; where do you stand?

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