A Cultural Space ...
Whilst on vacation in Australia in the spring of 2017, I started thinking about taking on a project that would meet a number of objectives. I wanted something that would in involve learning new skills, have a creative element to it, involve travelling, span a number of years and finally have a product at the end of it that would enable me to keep focus.
Having an appreciation for modern architecture and an interest in photography, it seemed obvious that bringing these two passions together would be a great basis for this new project.
So the project concept was born, to create a book of photographs accompanied with some interesting facts and commentary about architecture.
Having spent about three months developing this idea and a passion for arts and culture, I realised that "Modern Cultural Centres", such as exhibition centres, galleries, museums and theatres, basically any place that has been designed to be used by the creative arts would bring together all my passions into one project. These were places that I visited and enjoyed already.
Cultural centres tend to be accessible and beautiful photographic subjects. They are filled with amazing open spaces and most importantly, because they are creative spaces, they inspire some of the most amazing creative designs. One only has to look at places such as the Guggenheim by Frank Gehry, Tate Modern in London, or the Heydar Aliyev centre in Baku, by Zara Hadid, to see what amazing and inspiring works of art can be created when not constrained by commercial returns and having to maximise the number of apartments or offices on a particular foot print.
So, the project has been born, a book called "A Cultural Space" containing some fifty spaces with the best imagery and commentary that I can create. I anticipate that this will take about five years and take me and my wife to over 20 different countries. This project will be a significant challenge enabling me to create, learn and travel as well as leave a small legacy and memory for my children and family.