Tom Bright

Photographer & Content Coordinator

Tom photographs our buildings and the people who inhabit them.

He has a first class degree (BA) from Manchester School of Art and an MA in Photography and Urban Cultures from Goldsmiths College.

What is architecture?

For me, architecture is the relationship between a building and its users. As an architectural photographer, I try to represent both sides of this relationship in my images.

By photographing people, you can build up a rapport and get great insight into how they interact with, and feel about, spaces and places. These conversations form the basis of our more in-depth Inhabitant interviews.

Which Stride Treglown building have you most enjoyed photographing?

It has to be the Prince Philip Maritime Collections Centre, partly because I love maritime history but also because it’s a great design. When I last visited, I had the opportunity to join one of their building tours for the public. The tour highlighted to me how well the building is designed: it clearly enhances their ability to carry out conservation work and I could see a really strong, cohesive staff community developing.

I captured some great Inhabitant interviews whilst I was there too.

What do you like to do when you’re not looking through a lens?

You can find me on my bike. In the past couple of years I started to ride Audax events which is basically long distance cycling. I recently cycled from Falmouth to London – around 500km – in 29 hours. Observing how the landscape continuously transitions from urban to rural in these events is incredible and far outweighs the physical punishment my quads take!