Photographers Spotlight – Christopher Frederick Jones
They’re very used to being behind the scenes: capturing the country’s most stunning architecturally designed homes for glossy magazines and blogs globally. Here, as part of a new Brickworks series, we turn the focus on two of our leading architectural photographers, who talk beginnings, inspiration and favourite shoots.
Brisbane-based photographer Christopher Frederick Jones works across architecture and interiors. His photographs are a regular feature on the cover of magazines such as Houses and Architecture Australia.
How did you get started in photography?
I received my first camera at a early age from my Grandmother and I have been making pictures ever since. As part of my degree I optioned in photography. After University, I left England and travelled extensively through Africa and Asia further fuelling my passion for photography. I arrived in Australia in 1998 and received a sponsorship from a multi disciplinary design practice. This ultimately focussed my photography towards the built environment and as a result I left the drawing boards and formed my studio in 2003.
What are the main challenges you face as an architectural photographer?
Getting all the planets to align on shoot day.
Is the sun shining today?
Has the furniture from Italy arrived?
Does anybody have a spare light bulb?
Whose car is that?
I could go on….. but remaining honest to the architecture I photograph by capturing the true expression of the experience is the challenge I place on myself.
Tell us about one of your most memorable shoots.
I have photographed some amazing buildings designed by great architects but the shoots that stick with me the most are from the buildings in remote locations. Waking before sunrise, setting up, waiting, listening to the sounds of nature and then experiencing first light revealing the architecture and surroundings. I reckon I have the best job in the world!
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