Gavin McDougall

13.02.2012 in11:50 in City scape, architecture -->


“As a working designer and engineer I’ve always been drawn to the small details as well as overall form and geometry of objects; my architectural photography aims to capture both of these aspects as well as a sense of grandeur of the structures I photograph.

Although rarely setting out with a specific shot in mind, I am constantly on the lookout for interesting structures to photograph. The works shown are part of my ongoing experience into this area of photography.

It’s been my preference to mainly use black and white film for architecture as I find the detail and tones I’m able to capture are second to none. Wide exposure latitude is also a bonus when shooting in challenging lighting conditions. A majority of my black and white work is shot on my favourite film – Kodak Tri-X 400 – which has a nice balance of speed (I often don’t have a tripod to hand) and relatively fine grain and high sharpness.

My reintroduction to film photography was kick started around 2 years ago when my girlfriend very kindly gave me a plastic toy camera for my birthday. Since then I’ve built up my arsenal to include a wide range of cameras from point and shoot 35mm to high precision medium format machines to home made 617 paper negative pinhole boxes; each serving their own purpose. The camera I’m usually found clutching however is my Hasselblad 500c/m; the piece of kit I blew my first pay-checkon when I got a proper job after leaving university.