TOM MANLEY (BA Hons) Architecture

For over ten years I worked in architectural firms prior to setting up as a photographer focusing on the built environment, urban and social landscape, architecture and the cultural fabric of cities.

Building on my background in both architecture and fine art, the camera and written words have become central to communicating projects, ideas, and images for a range of clients within the construction, and creative industries.

In 2008 I entered the Glasgow Institute of Architects Photography competition, winning the Social Landscape and Documentary category judged by renowned photographer Colin Prior.

Tom Manley Photography uses high quality equipment and processing software to offer a complete service from initial investigation through to post production, and provides images for both digital use and print. Most clients are within the built environment, cultural and design sectors, who want to promote and visually document their projects. With attention to detail, timing and good lighting conditions, images can be customised to suit clients requirements.  All images are high quality publishable images and each photograph is approved during the editing process, with the client. I am happy working in a slow considered way to ensure good natural light quality and compositions, but can equally work hand held without a tripod to capture more life and atmosphere in a shoot.

An ongoing theme throughout my work is the changing face of land, regeneration and place identity. Since first visiting Glasgow in 1999 an interest in these topics has developed and these days I combine photography work with consultancy on urban and cultural regeneration issues, as well as writing and blogging about architecture & creative activity, and am available for work across the UK and beyond. Having worked with various editorial publications such as A10 Magazine,  Architects Journal, and Urban Realm Magazine,  I have a good range of contacts for securing further promotion and publication of projects.

The challenge is to try and bring this together, start new collaborations and meet new creative clients, whilst  continuing to do good work for many repeat clients.  Besides  contributing images and text to various publications and blogs, I’ve exhibited in galleries and exhibitions, and  continue to develop digital imagery, graphics, and printmaking alongside other assignments. A mix of personal and commissioned work can also be seen on Flickr.