An interview with photographer Richard Waite


 

Richard is a London-based international photographer whose work encompasses a cross-section of disciplines. Through his work for ‘Condé Nast Traveller’ and ‘House & Garden’, he is now sought after for his destination, travel and interiors photography by interior designers, architects and hotel groups. Richard’s also recently photographed the The Royal Suites at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel which featured a number of Heathfield & Co’s lighting designs. In this interview, Richard discusses photographing these beautiful interiors, some of his most incredible locations visited and the current trends in interior photography.

What have been some your most memorable commissions and places visited?

I recently completed a world-wide, ten year landscape photography project for Terra Firma private equity, culminating in a 220 page book and exhibitions at The Beetles Huxley and Print space galleries in London. This project included photographing included Wilderness areas of Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Utah, Arizona, Iceland and Australia and featured some of the most incredible locations on the planet.

 
Below: Antelope canyon Arizona

 

I have also just returned from shooting a beautiful coffee table book for Soneva Kiri, Thailand on their stunning Villas (image featured top of page).

Are there any particular well-known interiors, venues or locations that you would love to photograph?

I have been fortunate enough to have visited and photographed many beautiful Cathedrals. However, I would love to have photographed Thomas Heatherwick’s seed Cathedral that he designed for the Shanghai Expo in 2010. 60,000 slender transparent rods each 7.5 meters long illuminate the interior. Each rod contains seeds from the millennium seed bank and can move independently in the breeze.

The Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku Azerbaijan by Zaha Hadid is another venue that I would very much like to photograph. The Center is a beautiful sculptural wave-like structure with superb interior and exterior lighting.

What do you think are some of the key attributes that make an interior great to photograph?

Interesting design, proportion, a sense of place and light are all key elements to making an interior great to photograph.

Do you have a preferred architectural or design style of interior that you love to photograph?

I like to photograph projects that incorporate striking design and perspective combined with dramatic lighting.

You recently photographed the new Royal Suites at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. What was it about these interiors that stood out for you?

The Royal Suites at the Grosvenor House Hotel strike an harmonious balance between ambient and daylight. A subtle change happens as evening and night settings take over through the use of warm tones differing levels and light sources. This gives a sense of well-being in a subliminal way that most clients will never think about… which is the way it should be.

 
Below: Royal Suites, Grosvenor House Hotel, London

Below: Royal Suites, Grosvenor House Hotel, London

 

How would you describe the overall feel of these Royal Suites?

The Royal Suites combine contemporary luxury with a feeling of warmth, spaciousness and incorporate a sense of the hotel’s historic past.

 
Below: Royal Suites, Grosvenor House Hotel, London

 

Do you think any certain trends have developed with regard to predominant styles of interior photography?

Certain trends have evolved recently in interiors photography, one of the most common being ‘high dynamic range’ (HDR). I am not a fan of this style of work as in many cases it can look quite unnaturally bland.

How would you describe your work’s prominent style?

It is no surprise to me that digital photography has revolutionised the way we photograph interiors. I now have many options and tools at my disposal creatively. However, my preferred style remains natural and atmospheric. I approach each assignment on its individual merits and compliment the designer’s work on a level that connects with the viewer in a visually comfortable way, without gimmicks or unnecessary enhancements.

What is your single favourite photo you have taken this year and why so?

The single favourite photo taken in the last year or so has to be boxing kangaroos on a private estate in New South Wales Australia. It was a perfect combination of dawn light, mist and the completely unpredictable nature of wildlife.

 

 

For more information on Richard’s photography visit www.richardwaite.com
www.luxuryhotelphotography.net
Twitter @waitephoto