A set of photos taken in late 2016 for Seddon Construction of the newly built Ryecroft School.
As a winter shoot, this presented some particular challenges in terms of external lighting, and there were very limited opportunities to catch the building in sunlight at appropriate angles. And of course, there were very few days on which the sun shines in winter, so the logistics of arranging the shoot with the school were interesting, and the school's cooperation was very helpful in this respect.
The building itself could only be photographed from certain angles, and in many cases there were high fences nearby. This necessitated high platforms - some of the shots had to be taken hand-held from a stepladder - and very wide angles (Sigma 12-24 at shortest focal length in some cases).
The final image of the hall interior presented a special issue, in that it was full of students. For safeguarding reasons, I opted to photograph them from behind to prevent them being identifiable. There are occasions when I photograph students' faces, but this is always done with permission, and I ensure that no students whose identities are protected are recognisable.
The school's architects are Glancy Nicholls.