TOM MANLEY (BA Hons) Architecture

For over ten years I worked in architectural firms prior to setting up as a photographer focusing on architecture and the built environment, as well as the social landscape and cultural fabric of cities. Based in Glasgow and Edinburgh i’m within easy access to your projects across Scotland, and more than happy to travel further afield as required. I am currently taking on commissions across the UK and further afield.

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. Primarily my photography work documents architecture and aims to capture  the story of a building through form, function, concept, and place.

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. Providing images for both digital use and print, I work with a range of clients from architects to artists, property owners, housing associations and developers, to cultural organisations and publishers. My experience working in architecture and understanding of design, enables me to bring a unique insight into understanding the built environment and, how best to capture your projects. If you have any questions why not give me a call or email, and i’d be happy to discuss your project with you. Each job is different, but with attention to detail, timing and good lighting conditions, images can be customised to meet and exceed requirements.  All images are high quality publishable images and each photograph is approved during the editing process. 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. I combine photography work with consultancy on urban and cultural regeneration issues, as well as writing and blogging about architecture & creative activity. Urban and Architectural Photography can be valuable for documenting a site’s context, and before any building has been created… this approach creating visual stories from the landscape, and often offering clues to appropriate development.  Having worked with various editorial publications such as   The Architects Journal, Urban Realm Magazine, The Heraldand A10 Magazine, I have a good network of contacts for 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, portaits and printmaking alongside other assignments. A mix of personal and commissioned work can also be seen on Flickr.