A proof of concept image that Art Director Kajsa Soderlund and I were commissioned to do around this time last year. The scale of the overall project was pretty epic and it unfortunately didn’t happen in the end, but we did come away with this super shot. Each still life image was related to a specific location, this first one being Columbia Road Flower Market.
“Frank made a surprise visit,” she recollects. “He walked around it and had no comment to make about the finishes and how we’d built it and that was really important. It was definitely a progression from the early days.”
Despite being one of the world’s most celebrated architects, Gehry has never completed a building in London. Peyton-Jones says that being able to show the work of great architects in the city – albeit temporarily – is a key strength of the pavilion programme.
“This is Frank Gehry, one of the most recognised names in the architecture profession,” she says.
Yin Oi Tong Chinese Medical Hall, George Town, Penang, Malaysia:
I’ve pulled an edit of this up from the archive because I went past this building in December last year while on a trip through my home country of Malaysia and then Vietnam. It’s now been restored and turned into a hotel, restaurant and museum.
I shot it in 2010 as part of a larger project called First Island (something I still haven’t actually fully edited). I was fascinated by the rapid development of Georgetown and the island itself yet there were so many buildings being left to ruin for one reason or another.
The Yin Oi Tong was still operating and it was a great privilege for my wife and I to spend 3 days inside it with the owners. The air was thick with over 200 years of dried medicinal ingredients oozing out of the layered paint work, floor boards and dusty furniture. It was a rabbit warren of artefacts, measuring scales, rice sacks and boxes. The ingredients were dried on the roof and supplies winched up through the shaft. It seemed like it hadn’t changed since the day it opened in 1796, 10 years after Sir Francis Light established a British Colony there. . I love these buildings and the vivid history that jumps out at you right before your eyes.
While we were there local residents and businesses would come in for advise, have a chat and of course lunch…then we would go back upstairs and continue taking pictures.
I’m preparing for a presentation next week and coming across some other shots I took in this place a few years back. The scale is just insane, I wonder how it will translate to the residential quarter it is to become.
I did a lovely shoot for a great new juice blender in Covent Garden called Blend & Press a few months back. Working with Studio 91 in collaboration with Art Director Kajsa Soderlund, we set about creating a couple of vivid graphic images for their in-store displays, menus and bags. Here’s what the studio had to say in their PR for the project:
“This new photographic element to our identity perfectly encapsulates our core offerings and values: sexy and sophisticated juices with a fashionable twist,” says Emma Wood, owner and founder at Blend & Press
“Excited by the unique characteristics and colours of the raw ingredients used by Emma at Blend & Press, Nick and Kajsa set out to create a diptych of serene fruit and vegetable “island” sets. Using the natural shapes of these objects paired with cut forms, the ever playful and visually graphic images reveal subtle interactions and reflections between the objects the more the viewer studies.”
I love the design work by Studio 91 here. I’m always excited to to see how imagery and typography work together in editorial inspired layouts like this, it brings back memories of when I studied graphic design at the LCC in E&C.