A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to be asked to photograph the new 'Museum Collections Centre' facility in Aberdeen. This brand new, state-of-the-art building has been constructed to house all of the artworks, antiques, and exhibits that make up the collections of several museums and galleries in Aberdeenshire.
Providing a safe and secure location for these items when they are not on display is extremely important and also allows restoration work, maintenance and investigations into pieces, to be undertaken in a clean, safe and climate controlled environment.
The exterior of the building has been designed by an artist with a geometric pattern on the cladding panels which, as I understand it, is the result of a mathematical formula (and not just random!), with the interior being like a cross between a warehouse and a hi-tech factory.
Whilst I was limited by what I was allowed to photograph (for security reasons) here are a couple of images of the building (also in gallery). Interestingly, I was told that the building will have areas open to the public, for educational purposes and such like, in the future.
It will be fascinating to see it again, once it is stocked with all the items scheduled to be stored there!
I was lucky with the weather outside, as it had been raining earlier in the day, and was pretty overcast when I arrived on-site. Taking a couple of pictures outside, but choosing to go inside and get started, and then trust that the sky would brighten up a little bit later proved to be a good call, and I was rewarded with some nice broken clouds and sunshine peeking through after I'd finished up indoors.
The photography undertaken here was again done under the supervision of a staff member from the Centre. As I was guided around, I was free to utilise my additional lighting and other equipment as there were no artworks etc around that could have been affected by the flash from my strobe lights. The interior was generally very well lit though, which meant that additional lighting was kept to a minimum, and mostly just involved one additional light to add some lift and fill to scenes depending on the space.
All in all it was a very interesting shoot, at an unusual new property, that has some great design features and modern construction.