Economically effective, extraordinarily impressive, with unequalled dynamism & ambition, Sao Paulo was at one point the fastest growing city in the world & during the 1950’s there was an uncontrollable desire to modernise, build & grow.
I’ve been fascinated by Sao Paulo ever since I saw a picture of it’s skyline as a child; hundreds of generic high-rise apartment blocks that seemed to go on forever, so similar in their appearance, size and repetition, there didn’t seem to be any coherent planning or layout. I was intimidated but also fascinated.
Sao Paulo is a patchwork quilt of colour and shapes. We as humans love patterns- we react to shapes & colour & I wanted to shoot my project incorporating elements to find not only beauty but order & identity in this chaotic city. The buildings are so tightly packed, I could explore how they sit alongside each other & using abstract shapes, create a new aesthetic of form following function & show how you can find beauty in uncharacteristic structures. Using 1 prime lens meant I retained a physical connection to the buildings & I could keep a visual continuity throughout the pictures.
I was ultimately fascinated by scale and how I could convey a city this big. I've focused on details; People in windows, a swimming pool, satellite dishes congregating on rooftops… Each scenario engulfed by Sao Paulo’s skyline illustrating the scale, juxtaposition and concentration of the city’s buildings. 18 million people live here but there's few in my photographs’, due in part to the vantage points I chose & my decision to make buildings the framework for my project. But why are the roads so often empty? The financial centre has moved 3 times in the last 90 years. Is Sao Paulo now too transient, too wasteful? Ironically, is it shantytowns on the edge of the city that offers more of the modernist ideology- that of function over form, social inclusion & a development that survives through necessity rather than excess...?
Imperial College VCC Cohort:
Imperial Create Lab is a partnership between Imperial Innovations & Imperial College London (currently ranked 8th in the world) and helps engineers & scientists to make an impact in the world of high-tech entrepreneurship.
Under the guidance of Imperial Create Lab, The Venture Catalyst Challenge (VCC), is an annual pre-accelerator program in which a select number of teams from over 170 applications are put through an intensive process of stress testing & shaping ideas and technology to fit real world market needs.
Many have the potential to change the world…
I was fascinated by the idea of a group of people quite ordinary in their appearance, their manner, about to co-conceive and create innovative concepts that have the potential to change people’s lives. Helping society as a whole- they are the unknown champions in our world.
Day’s before the climax of the program- “The Showcase’” which culminates in one team winning £10k of investment, I was allowed access to Imperial College and the teams involved. I hoped to capture the idiosyncrasies of each team member. A real & honest set of portraits, engaging, personable and a link from the everyday Joe to the scientists that shape our world.
Iceland is the most sparsely populated country in Europe but geologically the most active. With such bleak, sparse, often alien topography traversing much of the island with little sign of life- any life, how has man adapted to this volatile and remote island?
I wanted to show the elements that make up this land, the patterns, colours and textures- from red rocks and a lava bubble to a fjord in the failing light that turns everything electric blue; A grey house that blends into the overcast sky.
These set of pictures are a study of how man and nature have harmonised; how both have made their mark on the world's 18th largest island.
The McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II set 15 world records including an absolute speed record & absolute altitude record. It first entered service in 1960 and continued to form a major part of US military air power throughout the 1970’s & 1980’s finally leaving service in 1996. 36 years after its inception.
Poignant that such a highly engineered aircraft could ever be regarded as scrap. But this is the life cycle of technology. When does the future become the past? These aircraft in Bentwaters are no doubt waiting to be restored or will service parts for other restored aircraft.
Since antiquity people have been living on the Qatari peninsular but, due in most part to a nomadic lifestyle there is little trace they ever existed.
In 1950 there were only 25,000 recorded inhabitants. Now, with a population of 2.6 million (around 88% being foreign workers), this tiny country is the wealthiest in the world (per Capita) with 92% of the population living in Doha, the capital City. In a rush to build a legacy before their natural resources (and the source of their wealth) run out, the ruling Al Thani dynasty have undertaken hugely ambitious construction projects in order to build infrastructure and new, sustainable industries. Qatar is one of the most aggressively developing countries in the world with Doha particularly, going through massive change.
What fascinates me however is how, with so much expendable wealth, the Qataris are now attempting to change their relationship with the desert; spread out, grow roots and build infrastructure in a place where historically the environment is so harsh it has completely dictated a way of life:
Like a huge blank canvas, the desert is monotonous, it has no focal point; the landscape is so empty, electricity pylons traverse the sand like monuments to the technological age. It’s so uniquely singular- one tone, one form, one colour- even the sky, so full of sand appears to blend into the horizon. Anything built here is swallowed-up, isolated and everything feels out of place and kind of disjointed from the rest. For a place with no remarkable features, it’s really quite remarkable.
Tucked away in the Gasabo district of Kigali is Rwanda’s foremost sports Stadium- Stade Amahoro. During the Rwanda Genocide in 1994, it was a UN Protected Site providing refuge for up to 12,000 mainly Tutsi refugees.
With a lick of paint covering it's hard functionality, the stadium is an oasis of calm in a city lacking cohesion, both physically and socially, but moving away from it’s turbulent past. As a stadium with international status it’s a bastion of inclusion, cooperation, defending progress and for the people of Kigali, one hope's is a beacon of positivity and an icon for the future of Rwanda, it’s people and it’s capitol city.