Moving pictures are just as much a passion for me as fine art photographic images. I love the collaborative nature of film and working with a range of talented others. And on camera talent can bring his or her very own frisson.
Former ABC By Design host, the late Alan Saunders was an interesting interviewee when I had him appear on camera for my documentary Heart of Glass - the documentary on Sydney's stand-out 1Bligh St. tower. You can see this at: http://vimeo.com/44632348
Two decades earlier I interviewed the then recently knighted Sir Richard Rogers and now Lord Rogers for a documentary I produced on him. It's available on: http://vimeo.com/45618395.
Two decades on and the essence of Lord Rogers' message and approach remains timeless. He was the model interviewee. I'm lucky enough to interview him again in a month or so's time when he returns to Sydney for the official opening of Chifley Tower he has designed with the very fine local architect Ed Lippmann.
That's another documentary in the making about a building bound to captivate the city's imagination and our cameras. Links will become available as soon as the program is completed later this year. As a record of his earlier visit I have included my portrait of Sir Richard. He displayed great style and fun as we searched for a suitable location to shoot a portrait. The sense of adventure and playfulness is part of the make-up of so many great talents. I liked him very much.
One of the constant surprises for photographers is to find ourselves in unusual and testing situations.
Our 54-minute documentary ‘Heart of Glass’ produced plenty of adrenalin moments when we we rode in a crane-bucket from the almost completed roof of the mighty 1Bligh St. Sydney. The crane swung us high above the city streets where we shot stills and filmed for our production.
Another special moment was from helicopter at dusk (above) where we revealed the glowing, crystalline light of the building’s atrium - part of the innovative solution by Christoph Ingenhoven and Architectus.The program is available at: https://vimeo.com/44632348
It’s a beautiful building we tracked for more than three years visiting regularly to capture progress until its grand opening by then Prime Minister Julia Gillard who I had interviewed earlier for the documentary.
Sydney’s 1 Bligh St. is a stunning example of how high-rise towers can be so much more inclusive than exclusive. And rather treat the rooftop as some repository for ugly mechanical services, this one is an absolute work of sustainable art. This rarely seen twilight view provides a glimpse into the heart of one of the truly great high-rise towers of our time.
Other towers we have recently photographed and filmed include 111 Eagle St. Brisbane and the soon to be opened Chifley Tower by Ed Lippmann and Sir Richard Rogers. Among the giants of world architecture Sir Richard was the focus of an earlier program I produced from the early 1990s during his visit to Sydney as part of the Architecture International series. This program can be seen at: https://vimeo.com/home/myvideos
We’re about to resume photography and filming at Chifley Tower so follow our blog at hyattgallery.com.au to see another beautiful tower come fully into focus.