While still very much an architect, Harriet feels its been a natural progression moving from designing buildings to photographing them. An interesting development in her profession is the impact of social media. She feels social media has made architecture and design, in general, more accessible. As a result of more exposure to architectural photography through social media, more people feel encouraged to venture out to find and experience architecture on their own.
“I sometimes think of my own Instagram posts as a way to introduce a building or neighborhood or point out a building detail or material that might otherwise be overlooked. I hope to give people a sense of what architecture is about, where to find it and how to see fun moments in it. I also think a lot about social media when I'm shooting and editing, so I like to include a few square-cropped detail shots or more graphically interesting shots that I think could do well on Instagram for my clients.”
Harriet has photographed three projects for UP so far. We love working with Harriet because her background in architecture makes her approach to her work unique. While our West Beech, Free Float and Mudgil projects are each very different however, her experiences in the architecture industry allows us to easily convey what details we’re hoping to capture.
“Mudgil Practices was a really unique shoot for me. It's a combined dentist/dermatologist office but the most interesting part was the ceiling treatment. THE UP STUDIO had this clever approach to create a swooping and intertwining soffit that guides patients from the waiting room at entry into their dr's room.
I'm usually dealing with a flat, white ceiling that I can crop just about anywhere but this time the ceiling was the feature so I had to make it a prominent part of the shot. Doctor's offices are usually pretty bland and sterile, so I was really excited about the curved lines and warmth the designers brought to the space.”
When asking Harriet to describe her ideal photography project, she quickly responded, “My ideal photography project? I'd say any building that has a minimal material palette with lots of texture and natural light. I don't have a preferred building typology or interior vs exterior. It's all about building materials and light. My absolute dream photography project would be Chandigarh by Louis Kahn.”