Although having held a camera in his hand for over 40 years, completing a Diploma of Photoimaging in 2013 opened Paul’s eyes and mind to the amazing world of architectural photography. Trained as a geologist, he has a good understanding of the “architecture” of the Earth and the “materiality” of many building products, particularly masonry. His sensitivity and awareness of the natural environment and the ever-increasing overlaying of the built environment upon it, is underpinned by his last incarnation as an environmental scientist.
In pursuing his visual craft, Paul is informed by stylistic architectural movements and their influence on today’s building design, and is especially attracted to functional modernism and Dutch expressionist design. Through his work he has documented the aesthetics of contemporary urbanscapes and is conscious of how sustainable architecture, creative design and land use function can be important determinants of positive development in the built environment.
He has a keen interest photographing heritage buildings that range from elegant late-colonial styles, to Art Deco, early Functionalist Modern, as well as the “in your face” concrete “Brutalist” architecture, and mid-century modern houses. He is keen to commit heritage buildings to a lasting visual historical record as they are “the silent witnesses of history”. Paul feels that “The legacy of heritage architectural imagery is important in not only recording our past, but also understanding and gaining a sense of the places where we have lived as a society, as well as informing our future.”
He is inspired by the modernist-era architectural photographers – Ezra Stoller, Julius Shulman and Wolfgang Sievers, and by many contemporary practitioners who are documenting the fluid relationship between the everyday needs of a growing urban population and how sustainable architectural design and construction technology is used to create liveable and sustainable environments. Such documentation can drive societal change as shown by the works of Robert Polidori and Edward Burtynsky that are graphical representations of the impact of industry on the environment and expose the face of massive-scale urban renewal developments in China.
Paul’s architectural photographic work encompasses:
Urban housing / Civil Engineering / Industrial / Construction / Contemporary Suburban / Interior / Heritage / Health & Education architecture.
He is an Accredited Professional Photographer with the AIPP, Australia’s leading membership body for the photography community, and also a member of the Art Deco & Modernism Society of Australia. Outside of his commercial photography work Paul passes on his photographic skills, knowledge and passion as a sessional lecturer at CATC Design School (part of the Think Education Group).
His own historical architecture research over the past two years on buildings and architects that interest him has led Paul to successfully securing a PhD scholarship for architectural history at the School of Architecture, University of Queensland commencing 2017. So it will not be unusual for you to find him happily ensconced in a library sourcing information, or avidly photographing architectural drawings from a manuscript archive.
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