Cornerstone Centre St Johns Development
Cornerstone Centre St Johns Edinburgh Development. When I lived in Birmingham and I was studying photography I really got into photographing 360 degree panoramics. One of the tasks we had to do on the course I studied was to photograph the interior of both the Town Hall and Symphony Hall in central Birmingham. Most people did stills images (single shot images) but I thought I’d do something different and had a go at creating my first ever 360 degree panorama. It looked great (although I’d like to reshoot it at some point).
For my final course show I photographed a series of locations around Birmingham and one of these was Lichfield Cathedral which is really beautiful inside. I sold a few prints in my final show and when I moved to Edinburgh shortly after graduating I wanted to carry on shooting more of these panoramas. I contacted a few locations and one that replied was St John’s Episcopal Church and they replied. I turned up, took a couple 360 degree panoramas and this in turn generated some work with them.
One of these jobs was creating panoramas all around the church for display on their website but several years ago after many years of discussion it was decided St John’s would have a renovation which would incorporate a £3.5 million development which would remove the old cafe and the main hall and replace them with a modern structure. Something that surprised me about St John’s was how many events they host. They host anything from soup kitchens to welcoming groups for foreigners who want to learn English, brass band rehearsals and all kinds of other things.
A couple years ago I spent a week at the church photographing some of these events for their promotional materials and then in 2016 I was asked if I could come back and photograph a timelapse. The timelapse would involve setting up my camera is half a dozen or so locations and documenting the build. While it’s going to be impossible to stand in the same location each time due to it being a build and the building itself will completely transform, I should get pretty close but the purpose of this article is to show you how different sections of the build are progressing. It’s pretty cool working on this project.
Finally it transpired that they wanted a website building. I haven’t really documented it before but over the years I’ve built quite a few websites which have all been geared towards the creative industries so it’s fun and interesting building a website for something completely different. I’ll write more about this below.
Main Hall East Wall
Main Hall Inside
St Johns Cafe
Main Hall West Wall
Cornerstone Centre Website
The website is still under development but it will be launched to the public by the end of February.
The Cornerstone Centre website can be found here.
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