I frequently work for interior designers commission me to photograph their office and shop refurbishments. Most of these venues are in London but also in Surrey and Sussex. Interior designers such as the London-based team of Spacework Place take great care to make each office unique. They have a very modern approach of including glass dividers and doors instead of walls allowing sunlight to float into every corner of the office. I have seen this technique a couple of times now and I’m always impressed how they achieve to make each room look bright and airy and simply comfortable to work in.
My latest job was to photograph the brand new headquarters of a global organisation located on the top floor on a building close to Charing Cross train station in the heart of London. The entire side of the office was made of glass. In order to capture the difference in brightness between outside and inside I use a technique call HDR photography, which stands for High-Dynamic-Range. I basically take three exposures – one over exposed, one correctly exposed and one under exposed. In Photoshop I stitch these photos back together using the under exposed shot for the outside (sunlight is stronger) and the over exposed shot for the dark corners of the office (which are clearly visible in an over exposed shot).
I also did a whole series of shots in the main board room showcasing the mechanism of the folding wall, which can neatly divide the room into two smaller rooms for meetings of up to ten people each. My client asked me to also photograph the furniture, which they supplied so I did some detail shots of the chairs and tables as well.
The kitchen is integrated in the middle of the office – a concept becoming more and more popular in modern work place design. It makes the kitchen part of the office rather than a place hidden away somewhere in the corner.
I delivered my work on the same day as the shoot and just 24h later it was featured on the developers website.