The design and material choice by David Chipperfield mimics the massing and scale of the industrial environment surrounding the galley on this urban regeneration site. Normally when photographing Architecture I always try to capture a subject in context, showing how it interacts with its environment. When I saw the site for the first time the beauty of the Chipperfield's design came from the mono-chromatic appearance of the building and its immediate more colourful surroundings detracted from the building's stark tonality, texture and sculptural form. Looking through the viewfinder it immediately reminded me of two things the photographic work of Bernd and Hilla Becher and their black and white depiction of 1960’s industry and Ford Prefects description of Hot-black Desiato's ship in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe "..light just seems to fall into it"
I went back on a dull day and photographed the building with as little extraneous colour as possible, trying to heighten the sense of form and texture, and in this case isolating it from its surroundings. I intentionaly included a small hint of colour in each image to try and heighten the viewer’s awareness of the absence of colour.
All taken with my favorite lens the Nikon 24mm PC-E Tilt/Shift.