We were in London last Friday to see the ‘Heatherwick Studio’ exhibition at the V&A. This runs until the end of September and if you have the opportunity, do see it. Heatherwick Studio designed the stunning Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympics – so unless you have been deprived of TV for much of the last six weeks you will have seen that. They have done much more besides – all their work is driven by the same extraordinary ingenuity, the ability to think outside the box, and develop genuinely unique design concepts. The Studio combines the talents of material science, engineering, architecture and design, with a healthy dose of creative curiosity. I came away exhilarated by what I saw.
My wife headed for Oxford Street shops, I headed into the neighbouring streets with the camera, fired with enthusiasm to find something different. This is one of the images I found.
It was late afternoon, the sky was blue, the air was warm, the light was growing golden. Light was bathing the upper levels of buildings and reflecting back and forth. It took me a while to find the right spot to shoot this to get the reflections I wanted, and then it has had fairly major ‘lens correction’ in Photoshop – I wanted straight verticals. It struck me as a bit like a series of little windows in an Advent Calendar (do other countries have those?). Each one providing a snippet of a neighbouring property. The colours were strong and varied, the building suitably muted.
And then there was a spine of another building on the left edge. I really wasn’t sure whether to leave that in or remove it, but on balance I felt it helped to anchor the image at that edge. That might be something you disagree with. This took about an hour to get right – balancing the brightness and contrast of the reflected elements. I’m pleased with how it has turned out. Over to you – as always your comments are welcome.