TYI, Bristol

TYI, bristol
TYI, bristol

Using 3D Studio Max I have had the pleasure of being involved in every aspect of opening up new retail outlets. Each store designed for TYI opened up new and interesting chalenges.

Cabot Circus in Bristol was a new half indoor/half outdoor shopping concept. A very unusual concept considering that it is rarely warm in England.

Main challenge was trying to fit everything into another small unit. Along with the fact that the store was on a ridiculously steep gradient didn’t help matters. As it was a new centre pre fit visits were pretty much on a building site. The night before opening up was yet another late and stressful experience. It probably wouldnt have been too bad but as the service lifts from the service yard weren’t operational all stock had to be carried by hand up many flights of stairs.

On a side note, I find Bristol one of the most confusing cities I have visited. No matter which direction I wandered in Bristol I inevitably got myself lost.

Bluewater, TYI

TYI bluewater 3D
TYI bluewater 3D

Using 3D Studio Max I have had the pleasure of being involved in every aspect of opening up new retail outlets. Each store designed for TYI opened up new and interesting chalenges.

The unit we aquired for this store was not previously a retail unit. Also, being on a corner meant we had to go back to the drawing board as far as the store design was concerned. In the end we succesfully managed to incorporate a pilar area with integrated storage attached to a large semi-island work area.

It was however one of my most stressful store openings. At 2am the night before we opened the store was caked with plaster, the signage hadn’t been erected and none of the computers had been set up. Tiredness along with the awful dance music the shop fitters insisted on almost tipped me over the edge.I’m not actually sure what happened that night but somehow we managed to get it (mostly) sorted.

Arndale centre, TYI

arndale 3d design
TYI arndale 3d design

Using 3D Studio Max I have had the pleasure of being involved in every aspect of opening up new retail outlets. Each store designed for TYI opened up new and interesting chalenges. For instance, the store in arndale centre, manchester was pretty much a goldfish bowl (All glass walls). This is not ideal for an art store where wall space is king.

In the end, the store looked great with signage mounted onto an internal bulkhead, organised work area and rolling video at the front of the store.

Unfortunately this store is no longer open but the memory of merchandising the store prior to opening will never be forgotten. The throw a six to start lift system that only allows certain floors and security doors that quickly lock before you can get stock through them were a highlight.

Where’s Mummy?

Where's Mummy?
Where’s Mummy?

Where’s Mummy? was taken at Malaga airport. I loved how Father and Daughter were gazing out onto the runways. The light streaming through the giant windows creates an amazing atmosphere. The Plane through the window is actually one of the scale model planes that hang from the airport ceilings.

The contrast of light and dark reminded me a bit of a starship window looking out into space. The fact that the Father and daughter also look a bit like C3PO and R2D2 may be something to do with this too.

the droids i was looking for

There’s an ape for that

Theres an ape for that
There’s an ape for that

This cool, posing fella was taken in Gibralta, Spain. Up at the top of Gib’ rock there is a large colony of barbary apes. They are curious and from what i could tell ‘mostly harmless’. The ape in the photograph was perched precariously on a railing above a sheer drop over the rock edge. Obviously not phased by this position or the fact i was shoving a camera in his face, he pulled his best ‘Magnum’ look for me.

Drop Zone

Drop Zone

This photograph may not be interesting to most but it is a symbol of a great day in my life. The Saturday before my 30th birthday I returned from work where my girlfriend at the time insisted she gave me my present early. Reluctantly i opened it to find that the following morning i would be jumping out of a plane at 10,000 feet. I’d always wanted to do a parachute jump but figured I would have more time to think about it and get myself mentally prepared. A restless nights sleep was followed by a short drive to the airstrip on a beautiful mid summers day.

Jumping from a plane is a surreal experience. The freefall is as if there is a cinema screen in front of you showing the ground below with a wind machine blowing into your face. Its only when the cord is pulled and the harness tightens around the groin area that you are snapped, with a squeel, back into reality. From there its a tranquil glide back to terra firma. I’d reccomend a tandem jump to anyone. Great experience.

Camp Castle, Bamburgh Castle

camp castle by Alex Patterson
camp castle by Alex Patterson

Someone kindly parked this camper van infront of Bamburgh castle. Should have got a better angle but i still love it. It was a gorgeous sunny day and its a lovely castle but if you do visit make sure you take cash. The castle doesn’t accept card payments and the only cash point in the whole place is in a pub about 20 minutes walk away. Bizzare.

Time for Reflection, 3 Photographs by Alex Patterson

Time for Reflection, 3 Photographs by Alex Patterson
Time for Reflection, 3 Photographs by Alex Patterson

Three photographs here taken by myself.

Centre: Time for reflection, taken at malaga airport. The mirror like surfaces in the airport allow for some amazing photographs. This was taken looking back at the queue of people yet to make it through security.

Left: Wheres Mummy, also taken at Malaga airport. I loved how Father and Daughter were gazing out onto the runways. The light streaming through the giant windows creates an amazing atmosphere. The Plane through the window is actually one of the scale model planes that hang from the airport ceilings.

Right: Too Dear. Taken at Knowlesly Safari Park near Liverpool. These two animals posed nicely for this photo. I just love how they seem to mimic each other by grazing in unison. Great safari park but if you do go through the monkey enclosure just make sure its not going to rain later. Driving along motorway in the rain with little to no visibility is terrifying. (The nearest 2 services were sold out of wipers too.)

Graffiti Granada

Grafitti Granada, Spain
Graffiti – Granada, Spain

Exploring the amazing city of Granada, Spain, you can, like me stuble upon many amazing and unusual places. From old caves, winding back streets and deserted hospitals. After taking in a bottle of cervaza and some tapas in a local bar (Granada is one of the few remaining places that does real tapas. 1 euro for a beer and a snack. good value!) i headed for the hills. Above the city i found myself amongst a free and stunning gallery of urban art. The juxtapose between the new art style and the old traditional city was awe inspiring.