Iconic Landmark or an eye sore?
The subject matter for todays Photography101 is Landmark and this is what they had to say:
Landmarks are everywhere: iconic places, meeting points, markers on a map. Today, consider a unique point of view as you photograph a landmark.
We often use locations to orient us, to identify where we are — from statues to town squares to corner shops. These landmarks on a map can be famous and instantly recognizable, or sometimes they’re simple markers to help us navigate.
Today, head outside and photograph a landmark. You can capture all or part of it; place it in the foreground and make it your focal point; or include it in the background.
Most of you know that I went to see the Tower of London Poppy Display for Remembrance Sunday, the post of which you will find here:
There are so many landmarks in London that catch ones attention and become well known for different reasons I thought it would be hard to pick one.
As it turns out there was one that upon looking back through my photos of two days ago that came up time and time again, either I was attracted to it or it’s such an overwhelming feature that it encompasses a large part of the skyline.
What is that landmark?
The Shard is an 87 storey skyscraper and for someone who suffers from vertigo that is probably why it caught my attention. Construction of this dangerous looking building began in March 2009 and ended in November 2012, so relatively new compared to some iconic Landmarks like Big Ben etc.
It stands a whopping 309 metres high that’s 1,014 feet high for those of you who prefer metric. It is currently the tallest building in the European Union and the second tallest free-standing structure in the United Kingdom.
It is glass clad, pyramidal in shape and has 72 habitable floors, a viewing gallery, open air observation deck on the 72nd floor, £25 entry but highly recommended.
It was designed by the Italian architect Renzo Piano and replaced Southwark Towers a 23 storey office block. It is jointly owned by Sellar Property and the State of Qatar.
My first instinct when I saw it was almost to wince. Then curiosity took over at what on earth was at the top of it, as it looks like someone smashed the top portion off.
Then wild thoughts went through my head of what it must look like from an aerial view, ie aeroplane, but of course I doubt there is much to see from that height.
My mind then of course goes off in to orbit and thinks “oh boy what if someone fell from the skies as often happens!!!??? and dropped on it” but then of course size wise relatively, it’s not like they would end up impaled, they would be more likely to fall inside.
So then I counter this in my mind with I wonder how King Kong would fare on this rather than the Empire State Building? OK I am showing you my crazy side now so I shall stop, these things normally don’t go further than the realms of my skull, probably just as well.
Of course if there are any photoshop experts out there who want to use my Shard picture and superimpose King Kong on there that would tickle me pink!!
So getting back to the ‘actual’ challenge. We are meant to take photos of this Landmark from different angles, composition, perspective etc etc, so here we go.
I took this photo with my mind mainly on the Tower of London, but I found myself distracted by a) the colours of the more modern building and b) the sharp contrast in shapes between them all c) The contrast in the old brick and architecture style of the Tower of London and the modern glass.
Here I was concentrating entirely on the Tower of London from a different angle and area. Can you actually see The Shard, it is there, really it is! It really does not want to be hidden, obviously.
After this I took The Shard from the other side of the water. I brought the tree in to it as it gave a nice contrast of colour and perspective of distance etc, to me anyway, what do you think?
Here is another river one, without the tree. What do you think, which one do you prefer, tree in or out?
So there you have it my entry for Landmarks, but what I would like to ask you, do you consider this of benefit to the skyline, an attractive piece of architecture or an eyesore?
I give no opinions myself to sway your opinion, but very interested to know what you think?
Thank you for reading, Justine xx
© Justine Nagaur Eclecticoddsnsods.com
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