John Bingham

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About the Artist

I am a photographer, teacher and artist living in Toronto Canada. As a photographer my work ranges from theatre (Mamma Mia, The Lion King) to feature documentary photography stills (The CBC -Nahanni River of Forgiveness) including a variety of commercial work. Please see my blog for a list of major clients. I teach photography and digital arts at the Toronto School of Art.
I am fascinated with digital image making and create digital abstracts which sell through PI Fine Arts.

About the Works

These images are of housing in a quickly changing world where the provision of shelter for large numbers of people in urban centres is required. The solution is often the high rise. It may be that the design principles used derive in part from the spread of iconic images of modernist buildings but likely more determinative of design are the engineering imperatives of available materials, fault lines, sea levels etc., and of the cost. The crisis of overcrowding leads to the reuse of practical well- tested design principles.
Image 1 has an elegant contemporary aspect but is really a very ordinary apartment block in Chongqing, one of innumerable towers built in the 1990s. Image 2, is of a building in Kowloon built in the 1960s. It is a very large curved building. It houses thousands of people and may or may not have hot water. Image 3 is from Chai Kek, outside of Kowloon. These unusual buildings are highly utilitarian, and their apartments now occupied by privileged people from Kowloon. Image 4 is of a rent-geared-to-income building in central Toronto. It houses hundreds of people, and also a convenience store, a pizza parlour, and like its counterpart in China, has much hanging from windows and around the premises. Image 5 is an imposing condominium in the financial centre of Toronto, the colour and light reflections of the district’s lifestyle.

Toronto Metropolitan Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.
Ryerson Department of  Architectural Science Toronto, CA.