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