For years, I have photographed purely in black and white. For me it suits London as a city, with its watery light, strong buildings and rushing people, and as I always aim for form and line in my images, black and white focuses the eye on these elements beautifully. But for the Park Plaza County Hall’s bedroom prints, adding a touch of colour seemed absolutely right. Suddenly, the opportunity of reflecting the rich and warm colour palette of yellows and purples within the black and white, added a playful and stylish new dimension to my images. Without going overboard with total technicolour, the gentle colouring of certain elements within the photograph – such as a sky or an item of clothing – threw the remaining black and white areas into dramatic relief, giving an unusual and interesting new look to some classic London images. No cliched red buses here, just a coming together of complimentary tones to create an exciting painterly effect. I still think pure black and white prints look wonderfully striking but there’s no doubt that in certain design settings, a touch of colour can work a treat — definitely something to bear in mind for the future.