I recently got the opportunity to visit and photograph the wonderful city of Sheffield. Commissioned by NCUK to capture images of the city's University campus's, it allowed me to take in the splendid city and photograph some of the historical and iconic buildings.
Sheffield is surrounded by fabulous countryside, to the North is Barnsley, Leeds, Wakefield and to the South is Chesterfield, Dronfield, Derby. This means that the area is particularly hilly and getting about the city is hard going on foot.
Sheffield has a strong industrial heritage and is perhaps best known for its international reputation in metallurgy and steel-making. A lot has changed since the 19th century and Sheffield has grown and developed into a thriving and highly diverse city, attracting millions of visitors each year.
I was fortunate to photograph the city when the sun was bathing Sheffield in a beautiful light.
When travelling to a new city, I find my best work as a city photographer comes when the moment I step out of the train or car. Within the first day or so, the senses are alive to exploring the new surroundings and absorbing every little detail. The discovery of new buildings, people and cityscape is rich with colours and textures and this fuels my photographic creativity. After a day or two of acclimatisation we tend to overlook the small details that make the place unique and attractive and gradually we get used to the new surroundings.
Here's a small selection of the photographs captured whilst in Sheffield.