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Human Interest

 

I really liked this "Old Timer" looking over the parapet of our brutalist National Theatre on London's Southbank.

Painting Melancholia: http://paintingmelancholia.blogspot.com/

Human Interest

 

I really liked this "Old Timer" looking over the parapet of our brutalist National Theatre on London's Southbank.

Painting Melancholia: http://paintingmelancholia.blogspot.com/

comments (15)

  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 9 Feb 2009, 00:07
I thought he was a seagull at first! I'm rather fond of this brutal looking building, but I wouldn't want to live there! Good angle.
Ingrid
blackdog: Thanks Ingrid - did you have the right glasses on? Seagull indeed ;o)
It is a good place for photography, Mike. Brutalism does have its uses.
blackdog: Amazing how nice the building is on the inside, even the exterior has mellowed with time.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 9 Feb 2009, 08:03
Took a minute to find the old timer, that is one stark building
blackdog: One of our finest and much hated when it was built - almost softening in now ;o)
Unlike Ingrid I detest this building and anything like it. But, I love this picture and all because of the chap looking over the rail.
blackdog: Glad you liked it Bill - it is actually nice on the inside, even the exterior has mellowed a lttle with time.
You've made this beast look aesthetic Mike. richard
blackdog: That would be too tall an order, I think time has it almost softening in now ;o)
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 9 Feb 2009, 10:14
Ugly is beautiful? Yes, concrete hybrid 'brutalism' is the right term, Mitscherlich would have said 'The uncomfortableness of our great cities'- an impressive photo indeed! A kind of big crusade ship building with some decks and railings- where are the poeple?- scraping/scratching the cloudy sky! A melancholic touch is fluttering round the building!
blackdog: Melancholic ;o) Me!!! Never ;o) Yes I am quite fond of the alienation of the city as a theme, one expertly explored by Mr Hopper.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 9 Feb 2009, 12:13
Why does this remind me of something from Martin?! Must be all the geometric lines, Mike!
blackdog: Not surprising - he certainly likes his strong modernist architecture. I even think there was a strong blue sky ;o)
I quite like this fellow as well Mike and I think I may have even posted some shots of it in a previous life.
blackdog: Knowing your love of strong modernist lines I wouldn't be at all surprised ;o)
Great angle and lighting Mike. The chap looking over the rail is a bonus here!
blackdog: Thanks Richard ;o)
you have done well to turn this ugly building Mike into a worthy posting, would have been fine without the old timer lol.
blackdog: Thanks Tim, didn't even know he was there in all honesty ;o)
Fabulous Mike. Looks like me in the picture...
blackdog: Perhaps it is ;o)
Good one Mike. Flat cap and all. I think we have to be thankful that architects moved on from Brutalism. Imagine a whole city of this stuff.
blackdog: Thanks Ian - yes you can certainly have too much of this "good thing".
Oh well spotted, Mike! It absolutely makes the image. (:o)
blackdog: LOL - In all honesty I didn't know he was there - I would probably have waited ;o)
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 9 Feb 2009, 23:01
It looks rather like a ghastly place in Portsmouth, that I think is due for demolition if it hasn't already gone.

The person gives a scale, but if anything makes the place even more forbidding
I'm with Ingrid - I'm a fan of Lasdun's building, although I agree with Ian that one wouldn't want a whole city of it! I cycled past it a couple of days ago, and thought of this picture when I did so; I almost took one myself but didn't want to be derivative!

This is a great shot - well framed and exposed just right.

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