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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.

Eger Shopping Centre, Karl Johan Gate, Oslo

November 1, 2011

This is Norways most prestigious high end retail shopping centre. Based in the centre of Oslo between the central station and the palace on Karl Johan’s Street it sits in a prime location. The renovation and joining of multiple adjacent buildings was Link Arkitekter’s largest challenge. The complex interior space is set across three floors, cleaverly connected by a collection of ramps, walkways and stairs.

En Til En Arkitekter AS, Biskopshavn, Bergen

June 28, 2011

As a small company focussing on a one to one relationship with all their clients, En Til En specialises in delivering dramatic and sensetive solutions. Utilising traditional Nordic craftmanship in combination with modern technology and techniques results in some fascinating designs.

The new residential development at Biskopshavn on the coast heading north out of Bergen, is a great example of their bold design, contrasting with the stunning surrounding landscape. I feel their utilisation of a curved element on the exterior facade adds a femine aesthetic, producing a more approachable structure.




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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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

Hasselblad H3DII-39 Review

August 16, 2010

Photographic equipment for Strucural Divinity project:

Hasselblad H3DII-39

Hasselblad HCD 28mm

Hasselblad HCD 80mm

Hasselblad HTS 1.5 Tilt / Shift Adaptor

Canon 5DII & 5D

Canon 24-105mm F4L IS USM

Canon T/S-E 24mm lens

Manfrotto tripod 055CXPR04

Gitzo Ball Head 2780 QR

Velborn Tripod, Sherpa Model CF541EL

Lowepro Trekker Compu Pro

Lowepro Minitrekker

A considerable amount of time was invested in assessing the viability of this equipment prior to purchase. The Hasselblad was a recent addition to my equipment line, largely driven by the desire to return to medium format for creative control.

Having worked on 5×4 and 6×7 formats prior to the digital revolution, I never found the 35mm format satisfying the spatial construction of my images. I often resorted to cropping. This involved composing images in a wider frame with a view to resizing in post-production. In practice this is fine when the time constraints of a commercial job are not present, but I always felt like I was cheating myself.

After considering a range of alternative top end 35mm, medium and large format solutions from –

Canon / Nikon / Phase One / Mamiya / Alpa / Sinar / Arca Swiss

I invested in the Hasselblad H System. As an integrated digital solution it offers unparalleled flexibility. The H3 is certainly not the lightest or cheapest option on the market, but I find it to be the most portable and flexible outfit.

Whilst architectural imagery will be the primary focus of this trip I also want to shoot portraiture and landscapes during an average day meandering through Africa.

Many will argue that the 5DII will satisfy these requirements admirably…and they are correct, but sometimes only the highest quality will suffice. Even if it does lead to bankruptcy!

How is the equipment performing?

The Hasselblad is a joy to use, with a bright crisp viewfinder, ergonomic design and intuitive customizable buttons I found it very easy to operate at speed from the outset.

The ability to use the HTS 1.5 Adaptor in combination with both the 28mm and 80mm lenses was a critical creative factor. With just two lenses and the HTS I have 28mm / 42mm / 80mm / 120mm focal lengths available. The 42mm and 120mm being under the fine 0.1mm Rise / Fall / Tilt / Shift control of the HTS. This set up provides all of the key tools for interacting with built environment.

The subtlety of tone and shadow detail has both impressed and surprised thus far. Shooting during the midday sun in Africa is never a good idea but sometimes you find yourself in a situation that just won’t wait for the light to improve. The dynamic range of the Hasselblad H3 dramatically outperforms the Canon 5DII.  It allows continued shooting during high contrasts periods when I would normal pack the camera away. This of course is no excuse for not being patient and waiting for softer light.

What are the drawbacks of the Hasselblad H System?

I relation to 35mm the main problem is the power hungry digital back and physical weight. I have 2 of the rechargeable batteries and approximately shoot 250 images per battery before recharge is required (including previewing and exposure checks). I suspect all medium format digital equipment has a similarly short life when compared to 35mm.

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!

Bergen Cinema / Kino KP1 Feature 1.

January 7, 2010

This is a recent press feature published in the international magazine Mondo Arc. A selection of my images shot for Fuggibaggi Design have been used.

Ortygia, Syracuse, Sicilia

September 28, 2009

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