Winter is Coming


Despite the beautiful Autumn weather, winter is inevitable as the well-known catch phrase tells us. But photography needn’t go on hold during the winter months. It can be a time to take stock and catch up: stay inside with a focus on interiors, or seize the day and see what happens.


STAY INSIDE: Focus on Interiors

Consider spending the Winter months focusing some of your attention on getting your catalogue of interiors imagery up to date. In the architectural world interiors are sometimes overlooked, but they needn’t be. Are there any projects that have been gathering dust, waiting for you to find time to get them shot? Now is a good time to capture those projects with the added bonus of staying warm and dry indoors.

In winter the sun stays closer to the horizon allowing the sunlight to penetrate deeper inside, boosting the advantages of shooting with natural light. The contrast between inside and outside isn’t as great during this time and you get a more even indoor-outdoor exposure.

Image to Left: Katitjin Centre at Australian Institute of Management by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland

Como Shambhala Urban Escape by Ee’kos Design (above left); enex100 Retail Food Podium by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (above right); Roberts Day Studio Fit-out (middle left); St Thomas More College by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (middle right); Hillarys House by Nineteen12 and Hillam Architects (immediately above)

LandCorp Office Fit-0ut by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (above left); Postal Hall at the State Buildings by Kerry Hill Architects and Palassis Architects (above right); Bullbsrook College by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (middle left); North Perth Residence by Arcologic (middle right); All Saints’ College Performing Arts Centre by Parry and Rosenthal Architects (immediately above)


There is a good chance of a clear blue sky in Perth in the winter months; yet clouds can be a refreshing change from that piercing blue. And whilst not ideal, there is drama unfolding in a dark, foreboding sky pregnant with rain, and when it falls, rain-reflections can be fun. Storms can be followed, trees stripped of their leaves can show a new side to a building, and the colour and quality of light will be different than in other months, presenting new effects.

I have the capacity to be flexible with my shooting times, working to do whatever is possible to get the best outcome; together we will chase that not-so-elusive clear day or blue sky.

There are some added advantages to the winter months – sunset is around 5:30pm which means that if you’re joining me for a shoot, after dusk, you will be home in time for an early dinner. And sunrise isn’t such a ridiculous concept to wake up for as it often feels like it is in Summer.

The exterior images below were all shot during the months of June, July and August to illustrate that the show can and does go on.

The Grove Library by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (top); The Goods Shed by FORM, Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland and Griffiths Architects (middle left); nib Stadium by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland (middle right); Applecross Senior High School Redevelopment by Cox Howlett & Bailey Woodland and Hames Sharley (immediately above)

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The Tree House Photography


by Collière Architecture

At the centre of the c-shaped building footprint is a magnificent old Jacaranda tree which was retained, thus the name of the residence was derived, affectionately named the “Tree House”.  This central oasis provides the family with a stunning view from all aspects of the indoors via carefully considered built forms and art focus points to the pool, greenery, and the grandiosity of the beautiful tree.  Speaking with the owners, world travellers with an affiliation with Asia, I saw that this oasis suits them perfectly.

The thoughtfully designed layout provides private bedrooms towards the front of the home, linked by a full-height glass ‘hall’ which sweeps along between living and dining areas and beside the pool, to the large family kitchen. The top of the “C” has a lounge room and study overlooking the outdoor living and dining area.

The grandchildren can see the tree most prominently from a dedicated play area within the first- floor wing, the link with nature providing physical and emotional comfort. This wing has been designed for the owner’s children and grandchildren, quite separate on the first floor in a variation of suites.

To view the house from the street, your eye is immediately drawn to the tall vertical form featuring active louvres which provides the first-floor children’s wing with privacy from many large developer homes in the street. The louvres glow gently at night, complementing the adjoining floating white box form. The owner told me the story of her husband who likes to drive past the house at night when the lights are glowing to appreciate the sight.

To further the relationship to the concept of the tree, the design carried on this theme in the variations in timber graining throughout the house, differing textures, shadow effects and lighting sources.

The front elevation shows timber in various forms, colours and textures from the lighter ‘Millboard’ and American Oak to the rich dark seasoned Jarrah front door and the textured off-form white concrete wall with its sand-blasted woodgrain texture.

The owner’s high expectations were exceeded in the completion of the home and they are obviously beyond happy with the result. Among other things, I was blown away by the thought and execution of the detailing of this house, as the old adage says, the devil is in the detail.

“It was a pleasure working with Alison. A creative and professional photographer that reminds architects like me that there is a world of difference between a smart phone photo and the intuitive, exciting quality results she achieved for our buildings.”

John Collière

Collière Architecture

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