Sao Paulo:

Economically effective, extraordinarily impressive, with unequalled dynamism & ambition. Sao Paulo was once the fastest growing city in the world and for the earlier part of the 20th century, a prototype of future urban development.  But there was an uncontrollable will to modernise, build & grow.  "Skyscrapers are springing up overnight 'like mushrooms' in an utterly disorganised regime of development"  Walter Gropius.

Made up of hundreds of generic high-rise 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.  Sao Paulo is a patchwork quilt of patterns, shapes and colour.  We as humans are drawn to patterns- we react to shapes & colour, and I wanted to incorporate these elements to find not just an alternative aesthetic but an order and an identity in this chaotic megacity.  I was ultimately fascinated by the sense of scale and how I could convey a city this big. 18 million people live here but I seem to have omitted most from my pictures.  The financial centre has moved three times in the last 90 years and although still growing, the latter part of the 20th century saw political unrest and many people have suggested the city is dying, with so many unused decaying buildings peppering the skyline.  


Iceland:

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. 


Phantom:

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.


The Desert:

In 1950 there were only 25,000 recorded inhabitants on the Qatari peninsular.  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 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 and Doha is going through massive change.  

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 their nomadic way of life.  Like a huge blank canvas, the landscape is so empty, electricity pylons traverse the sand like monuments to the technological age.  It’s so uniquely singular- even the sky, so full of sand appears to blend into the horizon. 


Stade Amahoro:

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.