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Graeme Quar­ring­ton-Page is a re­tired free­lance motorsport pho­tog­ra­pher who spends his hol­i­days snap­ping ar­chi­tec­tural ab­stracts on his beloved D2x

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Head to the Med to shoot geo­met­ric im­ages of ar­chi­tec­ture

Pho­tog­ra­phy has been a pas­sion of mine all my life; it still seems mag­i­cal, even with dig­i­tal re­plac­ing the vis­ceral ex­pe­ri­ence of us­ing chem­i­cals to de­velop and print film. Then and now, my main in­ter­est is in motorsport pho­tog­ra­phy, and a lucky break with some im­ages taken at Brands Hatch rac­ing track started me off on a three-year free­lance pho­tog­ra­phy stint, cov­er­ing mo­tor­sports and other events. Now I just take pho­to­graphs to please my­self.

Our fam­ily hol­i­day to Menorca in 2008 was my first ex­pe­ri­ence with us­ing a dig­i­tal cam­era. Although my fam­ily en­joys beach hol­i­days, I get bored if I’m just ly­ing on the sand, so I of­ten end up go­ing for long walks, ex­plor­ing with my Nikon. I bought a used D100 and picked it up the day be­fore we went away. I re­ally en­joyed the free­dom of shoot­ing with dig­i­tal. It en­cour­aged me to take pho­to­graphs I wouldn’t have taken when us­ing film. I still find my­self fram­ing shots in the cam­era, rarely crop­ping af­ter­wards. I think that this is a throw­back to my days of us­ing trans­parency film.

The roof im­age [1] was taken in the early evening – prob­a­bly my favourite time of the day for this sort of pho­tog­ra­phy – with the warm light en­hanc­ing the build­ing’s shape and adding depth. With­out it, this im­age would look too flat – I am es­sen­tially tak­ing pho­to­graphs of blank walls, after all!

The photo of the bal­cony with the sin­gle flower pro­trud­ing [2] re­mains one of my per­sonal favourites. I like the sim­ple graphic de­sign and I think the lone flower makes the im­age.

Re­turn to the scene

It was some time be­fore I re­vis­ited this ar­chi­tec­tural theme, but when I did I re­turned to the same part of Menorca a few years later. I wanted to get an­other shot of the bal­cony with my D2x, with a view to im­prov­ing on

the shot I took with the D100. The flower wasn’t there any more, and the re­sult wasn’t suc­cess­ful, but a short way down the road there were some apart­ments that of­fered this view [3] through a stair­well. I po­si­tioned my­self to get the symmetry I wanted.

On a trip to Alme­ria, Spain, I caught the bus up the hill to Mo­jacar Old Town one day. The sub­tly coloured door [4] led to a place that had sur­vived a very re­cent fire that swept up to the edges of the town it­self, and I cap­tured the shot while sur­rounded by charred hill­sides. The town used to be a haven for artists, and the sun-faded colours on the doors and win­dow shut­ters pro­vide plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to cap­ture this sort of im­age.

Many peo­ple tell you not to shoot at mid­day, but the bright light doesn’t worry me. I use the nat­u­ral light as it is, choos­ing a po­si­tion to get the ef­fect I want.

3 Stair­way view Nikon D2x, Sigma 70-210mm f/4-5.6, 1/500 sec, f/8, ISO100

1 Roof detail Nikon D100, Sigma 70-210mm f/4-5.6, 1/750 sec, f/7.1, ISO200 2 Flow­er­ing bal­cony Nikon D100, Sigma 70-210mm f/4-5.6, 1/1250 sec, f/9, ISO200

4 Pas­tel door Nikon D2x, Nikon AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, 1/320 sec, f/9, ISO100

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