Joe had some homework to do, an art project, he had to produce five photographs of modern or contemporary architecture, which is a bit tricky around here, as things tend to look rather vernacular in style; unless you count the ugly tin shed down by the canal that trades under the brand of Tescos; I try hard to ignore it.
The best we could do in the time available was to nip over to Buxton. It has few new builds of any note (it does however, have it’s own large tin shed, the Buxton Mineral Water bottling plant) But the Cavendish shopping arcade has a very fine barrel vaulted stained glass roof, that merges the old with the new (the arcade was once thermal/hot baths, built in 1820)
Surprisingly (seeing as it wasn’t his home work) Tom was keen to come with us
Joe took charge of the camera
and decided he would have some shots of old building anyway; this the splendid Georgian crescent (which is architecturally more significant that Bath’s Crescent and is a building that has aspirations )
For his homework the prints had to be black and white, but I’ll bring you the last one in colour, its too vibrant not to be shared on such a dismal November day.
Tom took just five shots, I explained the general idea, with photography, was to take a lot more than that and then select the best. ‘Mum, you just don’t get it do you’?’ said Tom ‘It’s home work, five photographs, he’s taken five, job done; can we go to GAME now?
So that’s why he was so keen to join us.
All photographs by Joe Uphilldowndale. (here is some of his earlier work)