Category Archives: Retail

High Street at St Helier, Jersey

I was working on the Channel Islands last week shooting a number of fine and recently completed retail spaces.  The last one was in St Helier, in a prime location on the high street surrounded by quality establishments but pretty much the same ones you might see anywhere in the UK or Europe.  All the big brands were there but directly opposite the store I was photographing was a rather different space.  One that had seen better days certainly but one that also had a personality and charm of it’s own and neatly contrasted with the homogenised shops everywhere else.

Whilst waiting for the light to fall I went and spoke to the proprietor who I found seated in a little glass booth in the middle of the shop surrounded by decades of remaindered stock and predominately empty shelves.

We had a short ten minute conversation but amazingly were able to cover international banking, island life, the internet, the upholstery trade, shopping habits as well as a run down of the history of both his shop and his family history.  It was around closing time so I asked if I could take a few pictures to which the proprietor agreed, but I had just started when he ushered me out in a polite but firm manner that could not be easily countered.  So regrettably I wasn’t able to do the portrait I hoped to shoot and neither was I able to really do justice to his amazing shop, but here is what I did get in the bag in those last few minutes…

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ART14 @ Olympia, Kensington, London

I was lucky enough to receive, from Kate at #Updown Gallery, a complimentary ticket to this year’s Art14 show at London Olympia. It was an interesting few hours and also allowed me do dust off my happy snapping camera that I haven’t used for a while.


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#Getty Museum, Los Angeles – #Treasures from Church & Cloister – THE EXHIBITION

I had a welcome message this week from the #Getty including a selection of fine views of the exhibition installation in LA.  Wow! It looks like they and the #CanterburyCathedral Stained Glass team have done an exemplary job.  It is wonderful to see how the images have been used and it is gratifying to see how fantastic the exhibition as a whole and my pictures in particular look  – roll on New York!

And thanks Leigh for sending them across.

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

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Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

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Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Canterbury Cathedral, St Albans, Treasures from Church & Cloister Exhibition, Getty Museum, LA

Art Deco at it’s finest – The Hoover Building

Last weekend I had a CGI shoot in Wembley, to the west of London.  I finished at about 1600 and decided to head back home on the motorways.  The route to the notorious M25 motorway (the 8 lane car park that surrounds London) takes you past the wonderful Hoover building.  Normally when I whizz past I’ve either got to be somewhere else or want to get home but Saturday was different.  The sun was shining, it was warm for a change and I wasn’t in a hurry so I turned around (that means going to the next exit to join the London bound carriageway btw) parked up and took at look – for the first time I am slightly ashamed to say.

Hoover have long abandoned it’s flagship edifice.  Indeed when I arrived here in the mid 80’s it was a pretty derelict and unloved site.  Since then Tesco have bought it (in 1989)and for a while it was restored to it’s old colourful glory but all good things come to an end and I note that it is once again empty and available to rent with the onset of dilapidation well underway again. The rear part where the supermarket is, is still functioning. I guess although a marvellous building it simply can’t measure up to the needs of modern life,  it’s BREEAM rating is probably in minus figures!  (BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is a voluntary measurement rating for green buildings)

By way of background and with courtesy of Wikipedia:

“Built for The Hoover Company, the building originally housed Hoover’s main UK manufacturing facility making vacuum cleaners, and employed up to 600 staff in the its offices and works. The original building (No. 1) was built in 1932 and contained the main offices; before it was completed plans were being put in place to add manufacturing facilities. As staff moved into their new offices foundations were being laid for a factory block to the east of the original building; this new block came to be known as Building No.3 and was complete and fully operational by February 1933. In January 1934 plans were drawn up for an additional two storey extension on top of the factory building and by May 1934 construction was well under way. Demand for Hoover vacuum cleaners continued to grow and in 1935 Wallis, Gilbert and Partners designed a new factory (Building No. 5) behind the original building. In 1938 a separate canteen and recreation centre (Building No. 7) was completed to the west of the original office.”

for more information go to:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoover_Building

for more info about the architects Wallis, Gilbert and Partners, go to:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wallis,_Gilbert_and_Partners

Sorry, being a bit lazy here! but the fun part is the pictures.  For a photographer of architecture this building offers almost limitless possibilities, was great fun to shoot and makes for a pleasant change from more contemporary modernist type structures.  But I think as a building with a effective function in the 21st Century, the jury is still out.

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Permanence and Transience – New Rapha store

Last week I spent a few hours in the new Rapha store and coffee shop in the heart of London’s trendy Soho.  The store has been open for a couple of weeks now  and this kind of retail development makes an interesting contrast to the unchanging (or very slowly changing) environment that is Canterbury Cathedral.  That said, whilst the store undoubtedly lacks the gravitas of a Cathedral, on the the grounds of cool and funky, this place wins hands down.

It was put together by Brinkworth Design who seem to make a habit of this kind of slightly edgy kind of work and to their credit I think they’ve done a pretty good job. The store is an interesting attempt at creating a slightly different retail environment for their brand (Rapha is a cycling brand, who have done collections with Paul Smith I believe, but fashion is really not something that interests me so don’t quote me!).  The coffee shop and fashion stuff sit comfortably together united by the exposed services and rough unfinished surfaces.  The place seemed to be popular, judging by the frequently changing muddy courier bicycles hanging up on the rack by the door and I particularly liked the fact that the front cab of the corrugated steel French van was made into an office, albeit a rather cramped one.

And they served an excellent cup of coffee!

You can see more images at:

http://www.greshoff.co.uk/gallery/132264-Rapha/G00008egxtdZS270

Rapha Store, Brewer Street, London, W1, Brinkworth

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