The design icon.
What about an object’s shape, angles and materials effects our opinions of it? And how does light and angle help to change the way a car appears in a photo?
These questions are what Londoner and architecture photographer Ope Odueyungbo thinks about every day. So it was only fitting that he be the one to give a preview of Open House London, in which more than 750 locations around the city open their doors to the public for free. And of course, the only way to make this tour was in the sleek and stylish Audi A7.
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The first destination was Ravensbourne, originally known as the Bromley School of Art. Opened in 1878, the impressive list of pupils extends to the likes of David Bowie, Stella McCartney, and Ope himself.
Describing his former school, Ope says: ‘When the building first opened I was part of the first batch of students to study there. I spent three years at Ravensbourne and always admired the building; it’s quite unique because of the circular windows and the patterns around them.
‘It’s just crazy looking; like a block of cheese with holes in it. It’s like a puzzle, but not your average puzzle.’ Seeing the car for the first time, the unique patterns reflecting off the glossy black paint created the perfect photo opportunity, as did the impressive brickwork of St John Smith’s Square in South West London.
‘When we got there it just kept raining. Initially, I was worried, but then I found a way to make the rain work in my favour. I started shooting close ups of the car and focusing on the raindrops. That gave a really nice effect.’
The next day, the sun was shining, which gave the perfect opportunity for some more clever close-ups of City University’s college building at Clerkenwell: ‘As the sun was shining, the reflection on the car was something I wanted to capture. It’s not something I’d usually shoot but it worked well with the car because we were able to go round the whole building and I could pick which side was best to shoot the car.’
The Audi A7 provided the perfect canvas from which to show off each unique aspect of the buildings in a completely new way. While this year’s Open House London may be over, these incredible locations are still the perfect place to visit in your very own Audi.