Crossing Over

There’s a trend for many modern buildings to have a central atrium. Some examples are open spaces, others are internal atria. The Guardian Media group – publishers of the Guardian and Observer newspapers  – is housed in Kings Place at King’s Cross, London. As well as its publishing business, this building is also home to a thriving Arts Centre including art galleries and a concert hall. Externally this building has a dramatic rippled façade. At it’s centre there is a tall internal atrium. Light floods into the atrium through cleverly designed glass-walled walkways  that link sections of the building at every level.

IMG_5113_wpStanding in the atrium, that houses a cafeteria, you can watch employees crossing over from one office block to another – silhouetted against the sky. It’s my type of picture.


About LensScaper

Hi - I'm a UK-based photographer who started out 45+ years ago as a lover of landscapes, inspired by my love of outdoor pursuits: skiing, walking and climbing. Now retired, I seldom leave home without a camera and I find images in unexpected places and from different genres. I work on the premise that Photography is Art and that creativity is dependent on the cultivation of 'A Seeing Eye'. I'm not averse to manipulating images to produce derivatives that may sometimes be far removed from the original.
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19 Responses to Crossing Over

  1. munchow says:

    It’s almost a surreal picture, where the employee and his reflection you have captured looks like cut-out boards. A great study of lines, lights and shapes. The person is really what makes this photo stand out, breaking the patterns of the building structure as a counterpoint.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks very much Otto. You are so right. Without the figure, the picture is dead. I was lucky. Using a compact with the inevitable delay creates problems when shooting this sort of shot.

  2. Wonderful capture Andy. I love the light and lines 🙂

  3. Len Saltiel says:

    Great lines and silhouetting Andy. It is definitely in your sweet spot.

  4. Yes, great catch with the timing. Very interesting.

  5. seekraz says:

    It’s wonderful catching singular people in such settings…it does add so much to the photo. Very nice, Andy.

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Scott. My daughter works quite close to this building and I drifted in after one of our lunch time meetings. I had seen the potential before but had never previously hung around waiting for the image to ‘happen’.

  6. oneowner says:

    That person is framed so well it almost looks staged. Great shot, Andy. I’m also impressed with the cropping. We see a lot of 16:9 horizontal format but not usually in the vertical format. The subject matter is perfect for it, though.

    • LensScaper says:

      Don’t tell anyone, but the man moved in processing. In the original (thanks to the shutter lag on the G10) he marginally overlapped the upright ‘pole’ immediately to his right. So I shifted in marginally to the left. There was also quite a bit of work to get the uprights in this image correct (using Transform in Photoshop). Lens correction was just not up to the job. Thanks for your comment by the way, Ken

  7. Quintessential Lenscaper! Nice job.

  8. ehpem says:

    Very nice Andy! I like the vertical format too, and that you have not shrunk it to fit on the screen (mine anyway), but made it so we have to scroll by, rather like we are moving our heads to look up and down a tall wall.

    • LensScaper says:

      I thought this might prove awkward for some folk. On a Mac you can shrink the screen view! But without the height you lose the concept of the people high up moving around the building.

      • ehpem says:

        Not awkward at all, but suitable. On a PC you use ctrl- and ctrl+ to shrink and enlarge the screen view, and I did that too just to see it in one piece, but scrolling through seems more effective to me.

  9. Really wonderful, Andy! I love the natural light at play in this shot, and the person on the walkway adds great natural artistic tension here!

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