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Landscape Architecture

January 18, 2012

At Hundven-Clements Photography we relish challenges. So when Link Landskap Arkitektur, based in Oslo, decided to conduct a study of their recently completed landscape projects we were more than happy to help. Landscape architecture has not directly played a prominent role in our core business previously and therefore had to be approached with extra care.

The primary challenge is that projects are often literally the walkways, steps, greenery or our cities infrastructure. So finding the right light to describe the projects was critical. Whilst a range of contemporary day time images focusing on human interaction formed the core of the documentation (which can be viewed here : Landscape Architecture Portfolio), the client was very excited by the more alternative night shots. Here is a small selection. Please let us know what you think.

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Marzorati Ronchetti Metal Sculptures

January 18, 2012

Marzorati Ronchetti is no ordinary metal manufacturer. They produce some of the most elegant refined structures with every type of metal imaginable for the worlds greatest designers. MR concentrate on the high end design market for architects like Norman Foster and notable artists like Anish Kapoor. With the engineering and design capabilities to manufacture unusual solutions tailored for specific environments a diverse range of products are the result.

With the up and coming birthday of the company MR commissioned Hundven-Clements Photography to document a range of their London successes, here are the results.

 

Structural Divinity Slideshow

January 2, 2011

The symbolic design of contrasting religious architectural buildings across Southern Africa provides a fascinating insight into the colonial ideologies of Europe and the subsequent environments that remain.

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Nordahl Grieg Videregående Skole, Bergen, Norway

December 20, 2010

This is the latest college addition to Bergen community on the West coast of Norway. The college is designed by Link Arkitektur AS, they are among the leading architect offices in Scandinavia. The offices have a staff of approximately 240 professionals.

The building exhibits a range of fascinating design elements that combine to deliver a stimulating environment for the teenagers to develop in. The exterior is a combination of pre treated lead and glass facades. As you progress into the central atrium you are immediately made aware of the scale of the building. Split over three floors the clever intergration of passage ways and classroom layouts leads to a very open feel.

The classroom walls are made of clear and tinted glass, which looks fantastic, how the teachers control the visual exchange between students in different classrooms, I’m unsure. I know this would certainly be a challenge in London, but perhaps the Norwegian students are a little better behaved!

Photography Masters Cup 2010

November 17, 2010

 

 

CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY HONOR UK PHOTOGRAPHER DANIEL CLEMENTS AT 4TH ANNUAL PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP

LONDON 2010

 

Professional photographer Daniel Clements of the U.K was presented with the 4th Annual Photography Masters Cup Honourable Mention in the category of Architecture at a prestigious Nomination & Winners Photo Show attended by over 40,000 online viewers who logged on live from 154 countries to see the climax of the industry’s most important event for color photography.

The awards international Jury included captains of the industry ranging from Christie’s in New York, National Geographic Channel, Fox Broadcasting Company, Amsterdam Worldwide, Kodak USA to Esquire in London who honored Color Masters with 235 coveted title awards in 31 categories. The judges reviewed thousands of images submitted from every corner of the globe online for eight weeks before making their final nominations and Daniel’s “Glacial Hut, Norway,” an exceptional image entered in the Architecture category, received a high percentage of votes overall.

“The Masters Cup celebrates photographers who operate at the highest levels of their craft,” said Basil O’Brien, the awards Creative Director. “Daniel’s work represents contemporary color photography at its finest, and we’re pleased to present him with the Honourable Mention.”

See the 4th Annual Winners at http://www.thecolorawards.com/gallery/

INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERS CUP is the leading international award honoring excellence in color photography. This celebrated event shines a spotlight on the best professional and amateur photographers worldwide and honors the finest images with the highest achievements in color photography.

Contact: Daniel Clements
Telephone: 0044 7990 757713
Email: info@daniel-clements.com
Website: http://www.daniel-clements.com

Structural Divinity 1 – ‘The Rocket Hunt’

August 16, 2010

Standing on the back of Lion’s head, waiting for the sun to rise over the Indian Ocean and Cape Town is an appropriate location to begin our journey. The fresh, crisp, winter air swept up the mountain heavily laden with moisture as we saw the sun emerge.  Invigorated and energised we headed straight out in to the local townships with creative desires and fears boiling inside with equal measure.

After months of planning and research the time to start producing images on African soil has arrived. With the help of my new wife Birthe Hundven-Clements (a fellow photographer and my secretary, marketing director, navigator, location finder, doctor and co-pilot for the journey) and Michael De Klerk (local Cape Townian, old drinking partner from London, translator, chauffeur, rocket locator, and not to forget expert Chocolatier) we set up for the first documentation of many African religious structures.

Rapidly our mission became a quest for the architecturally weird and wonderful, with the most interesting churches often reflecting the shape of a rocket.

Here follows a small selection of the results.

Structural Divinity Project Synopsis

July 14, 2010

Proposal

I intend to conduct a photographic, topographical investigation into the religious architectural structures of Africa in relationship to pre and post-colonial history. The project will take place over a three month duration, beginning on July 18th 2010.

The first stage of this long-term project will revolve around the German, British and Portuguese colonial histories. Based on research and accessibility I have decided to begin the photographic travelogue in Namibia, progressing East on to Zambia, Malawi and then Mozambique. Due to a photographic commission in South Africa prior to the project beginning, I will now be flying into Cape Town and traveling to Namibia via the desolate West coast of SA.

Map of project destinations

Project context

The travel route will allow for a diverse exploration of contrasting cultures. The project will begin with the authoritarian Germanic religious structures of Windhoek in Namibia, which support the 90% Christian population. Then into the northern districts of the Namib desert where the Himba people have been practising indigenous religions for up to twenty five thousand years.

Zambia involves moving closer to the heart of Africa on the Zambezi River. The cradle of humanity is located here, and therefore the first architectural investigations by Homo sapiens. Obviously documenting any traces of this is visually restrictive, but the subsequent developments by the indigenous population and the British colonials are prevalent. My research has shown beauty in the subtle differences of Christian and Animistic constructions from village to village as one passes down the Zambezi River.

Malawi holds the record for ‘The first permanent Christian Church erected between the Zambezi and the Nile’. Designed and constructed by Rev. David Clement Scott with no formal architectural training in 1888. Images of this bastion of British design located in one of the most remote parts of Africa will stand testament to the dogmatic perseverance of colonialism.

Mozambique experienced a unique development during the Catholic Portuguese rule, contains a fascinating array of now dilapidated, war torn, ornate Churches standing on the coast. Ilha de Mocambique (former capital of Portuguese East Africa) having miraculously survived 20 years of civil warfare, now understandably experiences extreme financial difficulties. Insufficient funds prevent the preservation of these elegant architectural creations that are slowly disintegrating under the pounding monsoon rains and scorching summer sun. Maputo; distilling the essence of postcolonial rule delivers a sumptuous white Cathedral from 1944 acting as the seat of Mozambique’s Catholic community. This is in stark contrast to the modest structural forms used for daily worship.

Why religious architectural structures? Having produced a topographical investigation in Madagascar and the Comoros Islands exploring French colonial history, I find myself photographically drawn to religious centres. During this exploration it was always the spiritual centre of a community that delivered fascinating insights. The diverse design of structures often directly reflects the social demographic of the population and previous cultural history. Thus acting as a visual representation of past and present.

Proposed outcome

My aim is to produce a methodical and systematic photographic documentation of the aforementioned diverse structures, referencing the cultures under which they were created and their current integration with the existing vibrant populations.

The outcome for this project will be a selection of approximately 150 eloquent, inquisitive images suitable initially for magazine and subsequently book publication. With a limited edition being displayed as an exhibition.

I am currently researching appropriate locations for an accompanying exhibition in London. The Royal Institute of British Architect’s (R.I.B.A) Gallery in London / Victoria Albert Museum appear to be the best options at present.

Watch this space as the project begins to unfolds and images arrive soon!

50 Years of London Architecture

June 24, 2010

An entertaining evening appeared to be had by all, as the champagne flowed freely and a fine selection of London’s best architectural projects from the last 50yrs graced the walls of Pall Mall Gallery. The guest speaker, Peter Murray, (founding member of Blueprint Magazine and Exhibitions Director of New London Architecture (NLA), Founder/Director of the London Festival of Architecture) delivered a stimulating analysis of recent and past architectural achievements of London.

My image of Clink Street renovation, shot for Edward Cullinan Architects was included in the show. This was a pleasant reward, as I nearly incurred frost bite shooting the building during early March on a bitter windy day by the Thames River. It was one of those shoots where you turn up and wonder how on earth you are going to create an image of value. The project in itself was composed of some fascinating features. Located next to the ruins of the 12th Century Winchester Palace, where James I of Scotland was wed to Joan Beaufort (niece of the then bishop, Cardinal Henry Beaufort) in 1424. The site and adjoining redevelopment are unusual combinations, but it was the light or lack of it on the North West facing facade that created a challenge. I arrived mid afternoon, hoping that just before the sun disappeared over London town I’d be privy to a golden shaft caressing the brickwork. Unfortunately this never materialised, so I waited patiently (loosing feeling in my fingers) as dusk drew in and the building came alive.

The show runs from the 19th of June and continues until the 27th of June, with the gallery open every day from 10am to 5pm. It is completely free to enter so head over check out this evolving city of ours.

Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicilia

September 28, 2009

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Santuario Della Madonna Delle Lacrime, Syracusa, Sicilia.

September 28, 2009

Syracuse’s most recent architectural landmark, Sanctuary of Our Lady of the Tears was designed based on the shape of a tear. Officially opened in 1994 it reaches the grand height of 102m. I can’t say I was enamoured with the external structure but the internal experience is extremely profound.

On 29 August 1953, a small plaster image of the Virgin Mary in the house of Angelo Iannuso and Antonina Giusto suddenly began to shed tears. The following days, on 30 and 31 August and on 1 September, tears were seen again on the Virgin’s face. The cavernous space was designed to house the image which reportedly bestowed 300+ miraculous cures over a few months after the tears. Sitting in the space listening to the nuns pray in harmony as the sounds echo up in to the heavens you can forgive the architects Michel Andrault and Pierre Parat for it’s external facade.

As construction begun on the church, an extensive network of houses and streets from the Roman and Greek periods were discovered. Elements of these and another sanctuary to the goddess Demeter and Kore (5th-4th century BC) remain in the crypt.

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