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Chris Johnson. London from a helicopter

05-01-2018

Chris Johnson. London from a helicopter

UK-based professional photographer, Chris Johnson shares his aerial shots of London taken from a helicopter, giving us a unique view of the new, iconic buildings in the UK capital. Chris Johnson is a full-time professional photographer based in Hastings, East Sussex. His passion and enthusiasm for photography started at an early age, with both his father and grandfather being photographers. Growing up with constant access to cameras helped fuel his interest in this visual art. Chris Johnson's experience of the change from analogue photography to digital photography was positive because he focuses on the technological aspect in order to capture the moments that matter, particularly important in his sector - photojournalism - where even a millisecond can make the difference in the visual narrative. He arrived at aerial photography through The London Helicopter, a company offering flights to see London from above, grabbing an overall view of the urban fabric with unexpected gems like green roofs and architectural solutions that aren't visible from a conventional perspective. A great advantage due to the choice of subjects, as we can see here in the pictures of the new buildings constructed recently along the Thames but not without its pitfalls. Because, unlike architecture photography using a tripod and the large format that some photographers adopt, taking photos from a hovering helicopter is completely different - it moves, it jerks, you need to have a firm hand and be quick, not dissimilar to taking shots of moving people. Perhaps these similarities are why Chris Johnson gets such a buzz out of aerial photography the way he sees it because there is no clear difference between the iconic architecture and the rock stars and sportspeople he normally photographs. Not only that but the aerial perspective becomes innovative and unique in a world where social media is jam-packed with the same shots of the same buildings taken from the same angles, particularly in a tourist hotspot like London. Of course, we asked him what he thought about using drones for aerial pictures. Chris Johnson actually owns a drone, which he bought after experiencing the views from a helicopter but he sees them as two completely different worlds. He considers himself a purist and he likes to capture photos with minimal editing; with drones, he doesn't have the same immediate control and quality of his camera. These details make all the difference - when Johnson flies over London in a helicopter he is always behind the camera and he can adjust zooms, angles and settings to give optimal quality and that personal touch, which would otherwise be lost in the “boilerplate concept” dictated by the inevitable orthogonal setting of the drone. @chrisbuerklein Chris Johnson http://www.chrisjphotography.biz/

Steven Holl Architects Maggie's Centre, Barts London

03-01-2018

Steven Holl Architects Maggie's Centre, Barts London

The new Maggie's Centre opened recently: a structure designed by architect Steven Holl to support St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in London.

The 22 buildings awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize

10-11-2017

The 22 buildings awarded the RIBA Stirling Prize

The 22nd RIBA Stirling Prize was recently awarded to Hastings Pier by dRMM Architects, but what about its predecessors? Let’s find out more about them in Floornature!

Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects: the UK Holocaust Memorial, London

01-11-2017

Adjaye Associates and Ron Arad Architects: the UK Holocaust Memorial, London

The international competition to design the Holocaust Memorial in London has ended, and the jury has chosen a project by Adjaye Associates, Ron Arad Architects and landscape architects Gustafson Porter + Bowman.

Unseen photos of the Battersea Embankment Development in London

27-10-2017

Unseen photos of the Battersea Embankment Development in London

A treat for our portal: the aerial photos of one of the biggest urban regeneration projects in Europe - the Battersea Embankment Development in London, by The London Helicopter.

The architecture of shopping centres and multifunctional buildings

27-10-2017

The architecture of shopping centres and multifunctional buildings

SpazioFMGper l'architettura has recently hosted an exhibition dedicated to contemporary retail spaces in Mexico, Spain and Italy: an opportunity to discover similar projects presented in the pages of Floornature.

Goodbye David Marks, the skyline architect

13-10-2017

Goodbye David Marks, the skyline architect

David Marks, whose architecture transformed the skylines of several cities, first and foremost London, with the famous London Eye, has recently died.

6a architects: Juergen Teller photo studio in London

06-10-2017

6a architects: Juergen Teller photo studio in London

Large windows separating the exterior and interior and allowing nature to visually pervade all the spaces, is the guiding idea of the Juergen Teller photo studio designed by 6a architects in London.

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