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Welcome to the Horizon Imaging blog. This page will be updated regularly with news, current projects, details of new services and with the odd nuggets of advice thrown in here and there for good measure. Newest posts appear at the top of this page. Whilst this website has been online since 2007, this blog was only added in July 2014. Click on a blog post heading, the image or the 'Read More' text to read a particular blog post. 
 
The following blog post has been adapted from a new case study which can be found in the Case Studies section of our website. 
 
One of the prime applications / benefits of aerial photography — be it from our drone or mast — is the ability to capture the size and setting of a site in a single image. 
Drone aerial photo of Claremont Fan Court School in Esher, Surrey
A few weeks ago we were commissioned to take some inspection photographs of a building in Cricklewood, London, where a roof-level facade of bricks appeared to be sagging under its own weight, as well as bowing inwards towards the rest of the building. The building's owners, understandably concerned, called in a structural engineering firm to investigate. 
 
The roof itself was inaccessible without using a cherry picker or scaffolding, so the only option for performing a visual inspection of the facade was either to use a drone or a telescopic mast. As this building was on the corner of a very busy road junction, using the drone was not an option — so it was our mast to the rescue! 
Mast aerial inspection photo of a roof in Cricklewood, London
In the lead up to Christmas last year (yes it does feel a long time ago now!), we were commissioned by the Bombay Sapphire distillery in Whitchurch, Hampshire, to take some architectural and candid 'people' photographs at one of their many Christmas themed events. 
 
The photographs had to capture the glitz and glammer of the venue (which had been especially decorated for the event), the guests enjoying both themselves and Bombay Sapphire's special cocktails which were flowing freely for the duration of the event (!), as well as the general ambience of the event — helping to convey what it's like to attend one of their functions. 
Event photography at the Bombay Sapphire Distillery in Whitchurch, Hampshire
Well, after a long time in development, I'm very pleased to welcome you to our brand new website! 
 
Taking the best bits from our previous website (which had been online since 2014), our new site is now fully responsive (meaning it scales intelligently depending on what device you're viewing it on, be it a desktop computer, tablet or smartphone) and will have significantly more content added to it over the coming weeks and months.  
Our 100% electric Nissan Leaf tops up with renewably-produced electricity at an Ecotricity rapid charger
Just before Christmas we were contacted by luxury housing developer, Millwood Designer Homes, to photograph one of their developments in Cliffsend, Kent. 
 
Millwood were keen to start expanding their range of marketing imagery to include photographs of their entire developments – rather than just photographs of individual houses as they had been using previously. 
Our 100% electric Nissan Leaf tops up with renewably-produced electricity at an Ecotricity rapid charger
We live in a very exciting age of personal transport, and I believe this year (2017) will see the greatest surge in interest and demand for potentially the most important technological revolution this decade – the electric car. 
 
I have been fascinated by this technology since the first mass-produced pure-electric car was launched back in 2010 – the Nissan Leaf. This fascination took a big leap when, in June 2015, I took out a 2 year lease on my own Nissan Leaf – and I've never looked back! 
Our 100% electric Nissan Leaf tops up with renewably-produced electricity at an Ecotricity rapid charger
Earlier in the autumn we were commissioned by Kent-based scaffolding specialists Scaffolding Access to document a large and very complex installation on the roof of the Royal Engineers Museum in Gillingham, Kent. The existing roof had become too expensive to maintain, so a brand new roof would be installed in its place – but only once the existing roof had been covered by a scaffolding exoskeleton that would allow the building work to proceed regardless of the weather conditions. 
Mast aerial progress photograph of a complex scaffolding installation in Gillingham, Kent
One of the few certainties about Brexit is that the UK is not going to stop building. In his Autumn Statement the Chancellor, Philip Hammond, relaxed the fiscal belt a notch or two in order that the country could remain economically active throughout the process of leaving the European Union. The UK’s property development and construction companies have performed particularly well during the last quarter, reinforcing this point. 
Drone aerial photograph of Coworth Park Hotel near Ascot, Berkshire
A few weeks ago we were contacted by a local industrial estate agent who deal with the sale and letting of industrials units and offices in the Hampshire and Surrey area. 
 
They were looking to create a listing for an entire site in Aldershot comprising of a number of small industrial units, and they were keen to show off the size and location of the site from the air. 
Mast aerial photograph of a set of industrial units in Aldershot, Hampshire
A few months ago we were contacted by Glatz Pioneer, a Bedfordshire-based company that specialise in the design and installation of bespoke, automated swimming pool covers. They had just finished installing one of their largest systems to date at the Olympic-sized swimming pools at the Surrey Sports Park in Guildford, and they were keen to have it documented for their website and to share with potential clients they meet at international trade shows via branded memory sticks.