Original Post Date - 17th September 2014
The Glasgow Institute of Architects hold a competition every year called the GIA Design Awards, this allows Glasgow based architects to duel it out in a variety of categories for projects completed within the last year.
I have been lucky enough to have photographed several of the projects entered into the competition this year. Two specifically for promotion and competition entry and one which is an image I originally shot for The Glasgow Building Preservation Trust.
Last year one of the projects I photographed was commended in the "Conservation" category, a refurbished Victorian Primary School in Rutherglen. A step in the right direction for me as the competition is judged based on a visit to the location and on the photographs provided with the competition entry.
Two of this years entries are unfortunately in the same category so will be competing against each other for the main prize in the "Small Works" category, however there is still the chance of a commendation and the potential for some increased exposure to my work. Garage at Athole Lane by Linearchitecture is a timber clad new build garage in Glasgow's West-end and the Scenic Routes installations by Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park Authority that I featured a few blogs back.
These awards are a chance for architects to show what they have been working on and designing over the course of 2013/14 but it also provides a fantastic platform for photographers such as myself who are still taking their first steps into the career of an architectural photographer. I can only hope that year upon year my work gets noticed by some of the entrants and I am allowed to photograph some more of the exciting an fresh projects coming out of Scottish offices in the years to come.
At present I'm happy getting to photograph anything I can and I'd love to be able to go further afield, up north, to the highlands and islands or even abroad to experience these amazing pieces of architecture. The remote architecture featured on some of Scotland's islands has a distinct Scandinavian feel and one that I really like the aesthetic of.
Another recent publication of my 'Mirrored Lookout' images was for RIAS Quarterly Magazine (The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland) which featured a double page header image and a full page. It was a pleasant surprise to have my work appear in such a widely read publication, and one from such a prominent body in architecture in Scotland.