Simon Sugden, (known as ‘Suggy’) is a self-taught photographer from Shipley, specialising in atmospheric architectural photographs.
Born in Ilkley, Simon has been interested in photography from an early age, but in 2011 the purchase of a Canon 500D camera launched his freelance professional career.
Simon has a particular interest in documenting the old mills of Bradford and his earliest professional work was of buildings at the World Heritage site of Saltaire, including Salts Mill, near his home. He has also extensively photographed Drummond Mills on Lumb Lane, Bradford, creating a unique and timely record of this important 19th century industrial building before it was destroyed by fire in 2016.
Simon also photographed the progress of the Sunbridge Road tunnels project in Bradford city centre, from their building conversion to resurrection as a shopping arcade in 2016. This has led to other work opportunities for him:
I’ve been taking progressive pictures of this project and I’ve shared images of this on social media. This has opened doors for me with more freelance work and I’ve now been approached by two property developers in Leeds who are impressed with my images.
Simon is also working collaboratively with photographer, Phil Jackson, to document the different stages of building restoration and reopening of the iconic Odeon cinema in Bradford city centre. The Bradford Review featured Simon’s work in their issue 23, January 2017, and his photographs have been shown at the ArtBound ‘Creative Collaborators Exhibition’, 2014, at the Fabric Gallery, Bradford, and at Cliffe Castle, Keighley, in June 2018.
Simon was also a prizewinner in the 2015 ‘Drawn by Light’ photographic competition, organised by the National Media Museum and Royal Photographic Society, for his photograph, ‘Lighting Up the Yard’ (Crossley Evans Scrapyard, Shipley); see below.
Simon’s work can also be viewed at Suggy’s Photography at Facebook