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Tag Archives: Regeneration

Ben Jurin Architecture

Ben Jurin Architecture

Last month, local architect Ben Jurin of Ben Jurin Architecture emailed me regarding a commission to produce a series of architectural photographs of a property he was overseeing the redevelopment of in Blackpool.

I offered a competitive quote to shoot a minimum of twenty high resolution photographs for use on his forthcoming website and marketing material. Although I’ve never produced this kind of property photography before, Ben had faith and commissioned me nonetheless. We arranged an evening when we could both meet, talk about the property and shoot the photographs.

Winter Gardens Refurbishment

Blackpool Winter Gardens Interior

In November 2010 work began on restoring Blackpool’s Grade-II listed Winter Gardens back to it’s original Art Deco glory. Blackpool Council appointed architects Donald Insall Associates to begin phase one of a restoration process that will take a number of years to complete. The Floral Hall and iconic dome was completed earlier this month, so I thought I’d head down with my camera to take a look.

The Winter Gardens is a historical important and iconic building that attracts a huge number of tourists to the resort every year. I’ve attended conferences, gigs and shows in this fantastic venue and I’ve always enjoyed photographing it’s intricate architectural detail and warm atmosphere.

Casa de Campo

The day before I took this photograph I had travelled above Casa de Campo on the cable car ride. Being in the cable car gave me a fantastic view of the park and the beautiful snow covered mountains in the distance. I’d seen tree plantations and vast areas of land dedicated to regenerating the park from the air and I decided to take a closer look and take some photographs on foot the following afternoon.

I climbed a rather steep path up a hill in order to take this photograph, but I certainly think it was worth the extra effort in the end. The playground hidden amongst the trees and tree plantations in the lower right of the photograph go someway in showing the scale of human intervention for regeneration against the vastness of nature.

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