Commercial interiors photography for Manchester Cubicles and Doors
A fairly constant theme in this blog is the sheer variety of work that I get asked to do. The phone often rings and I get asked to do all manner of things. So today I thought I’d write about a commission from the spring that, while it’s similar to other jobs I’ve done, is also (so far) unique.
I’m getting more and more commercial interiors photography commissions these days. I like shooting interiors because they’re a change from photographing people (which comprises the vast majority of my work), and also because they’re a technical challenge. Back in the spring I was contacted by Cubicles and Doors Ltd to photograph their latest and most prestigious installation for a special case study brochure. The installation? A new set of public toilets in the stable block in Heaton Park.
So, up I went, the day before they were officially opened, to shoot them. As I said above, one of the appealing things about interiors photography is the technical challenge they present. Put simply, you have to work in a very defined space. In this case, it was also very small! That brings in issues over the choice of kit (particularly lenses). You might think you’d just use the widest lens available – but the challenge is to also make sure that the final images aren’t distorted. Or, to put it another way, you need to get as wide a shot as possible yet ensure that the verticals stay vertical and straight lines are straight. I’m sure you’ve all seen fisheye images (every GoPro, for instance, has a fisheye lens, which bends the edges of the frame like crazy). Well, that’s simply not on for this kind of work.
So, another commission that can be added to the list of “Strange places I’ve taken photographs”. Can you add to that list? If you’ve got an interesting, or unusual, or downright strange building or other project that needs some great photographs, please get in touch. The odder the better!