Architectural photography in Melbourne…

The following images of an Elwood residence were taken for Collingwood based architect Brett Robertson, principal at Robert Nichol and sons.

Street side view of Elwood residence extension by architect Brett Robertson of Robert Nichol and sons © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Street side view of Elwood residence extension by architect Brett Robertson of Robert Nichol and sons © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

I really do not make it a habit to simply copy descriptions about projects and paste them onto my blog, however in the case of this particular project, I simply could not explain the creativity and ideas behind this project as succinctly; as such the following two paragraphs are from Brett’s website :

The existing Edwardian home had extremely poor orientation, ventilation and connection to its surroundings. The resolution of these qualities in the extension was to embrace the northern aspect to the rear of the block privileging light, ventilation and the blurred delineation of interior and exterior.

The clients request to handle the transition of new to old with a considered contrast whilst settling the building into its neighbourhood context was the other driving principal of the project.

The majority of the images below are comprised of multiple exposures which I have then subsequently blended together using layer masks in Photoshop to produce the high dynamic range images that we take for granted when viewing a scene with our eyes. I do own several automated HDR programs, but to be honest I find them to be of little use as they are simply too ‘heavy handed’ for my work and style; consequently I generally blend each image manually, which can be a little time consuming but definitely produces the best results.

Dusk view of a the superb extension to an Elwood property by architects Robert Nichol and sons © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Dusk view of a the superb extension to an Elwood property by architects Robert Nichol and sons © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Overview of the kitchen area, taken from the stairwell © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Overview of the kitchen area, taken from the stairwell © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Kitchen and lounge area © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Side view of an extension to an Elwood property by architects Robert Nichol and sons © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
This image is naturally a combination of many exposures that have been combined in order to provide a dynamic range that we are used to seeing with our eyes, but that is beyond the scope of a single camera capture… © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Downstairs bathroom © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Downstairs bathroom © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Reverse view of the kitchen © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Reverse view of the kitchen © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Kitchen and lounge area © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Kitchen and lounge area © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Kitchen and lounge area © Michael Evans Photographer 2014 - www.michaelevansphotographer.com
© Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Stairwell and dining area symmetry - © Michael Evans Photographer 2014
Stairwell and dining area symmetry – © Michael Evans Photographer 2014

This project has been entered into an architectural award competition, as such I am keeping my fingers crossed for Brett and his practice. More of their work can be found at http://www.robertnicholandsons.com.au/

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