I was in London again yesterday for a meeting, and had lunch afterwards with my daughter at King’s Cross. King’s Cross railway station has recently undergone a major redevelopment that includes the addition of a vast semi-circular departures concourse with an elegant vaulted ceiling.
This was my first visit to this architectural masterpiece, but only with my Canon G10. I will return later with my dSLR and a wider angle lens. Below you will see an overview of this space, but the image that caught my imagination is the one you see first. On an upper level walkway (which you can see at the foot of the second image), I spotted a man standing motionless, in isolation. I think he was texting or emailing from his mobile phone – it doesn’t really matter. He was just there, luggage parked beside him. He stood out against the diagonal cross-members of the roof. I just knew I had to get an image of him.
The colour in the original was minimal and irrelevant. A B&W conversion was obvious, I’ve increased the contrast, and lost what minor detail could be seen through the roof to reduce the image to its bare bones, eliminating anything that was a distraction from the drama of the background.
The second shot is merely to give you a taster of this building.
There are better views to be had – focusing on the vaulted roof – but seen from one end of the concourse I felt this image conveyed an impression of the sinuous curves of the building that are not evident if attention is purely concentrated on the roof.