Vestry Hall workers

I’ve been working a bit on tightening up hansonphoto.co.uk, my main portfolio website, and was looking through some of my slightly older architectural material, when I came across the work I did documenting the rebuild and refurbishment of Burngreave Vestry Hall.  This is a building that sits right at the heart of Burngreave in Sheffield, and that had fallen totally into disrepair. Under the Labour government’s New Deals for Communities, it was refurbished as a teaching and community centre.

It was a fantastic project to work on – over a year of visits, documenting each stage of the refurb, really nice.  I’ll maybe repost some images from the project on this blog at some point, as the original website is down now.

One of the things I’d wanted to do was record as many of the people who worked on the project – to make it more than just the building and acknowledge the human side of the process.  So I did a series of portraits of the workers against white backgrounds, in a little bit of an homage to Richard Avedon’s style.  I’ve posted three sets of two portraits each on the website (hansonphoto.co.uk/build), but here they are too:

Vestry Hall Burngreave Worker Portraits - 1 :: photos copyright: Richard Hanson

Vestry Hall Burngreave Worker Portraits - 2 :: photos copyright: Richard Hanson

Vestry Hall Burngreave Worker Portraits - 3 :: photos copyright: Richard Hanson

 

Vestry Hall Burngreave, before restoration :: Photo copyright: Richard Hanson

Here’s the building close to its opening:

Vestry Hall Burngreave, 2007 :: photo copyright: Richard Hanson

Richard Hanson :: photographer :: Sheffield

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