John Reynolds is a photographer who’s studio is based in Central London but lives a few doors down from our studio here in St Leonard’s. We’re currently working in an idea for a collaboration, but more about that later.. For 15 years John has professionally photographed everything from the real World Cup to live Bengali Tiger’s in his London Studio. Although one of the original pioneers of commercial digital photography he learnt his trade shooting for ads with film canisters and chemicals in the darkroom, so he properly knows his onions. When I met him 5 years ago he gave me a book of his, which I keep picking up at the moment. It’s One Thousand Buildings of London. Yeah, a thousand. An amazing photographic bible of London Architecture. He told me he borrowed a Vespa and methodically worked his way around London, grouping the buildings into postcodes. It took 6 months working 16 hours a day to complete it and he could probably do ‘The Knowledge’ now. (The Famed unpassable London Taxi Drivers test). The shots are dramatic, eerie, exciting and beautiful, even when the buildings weren’t. Some of the buildings, like Trellick Tower (above) were things I walked passed when I was growing up, but they just seemed ugly then. There’s defiantly an architectural collage project in there somewhere, hnmmm, another conversation for the Pub.. Anyway, John understands light better than anyone I’ve met, maybe that’s why his house looks over the sea. A Fenestration is a lovely word that means the arrangement of openings on the surface of a structure,  like windows or doors.

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