Stripes and Leaves

Modern Architecture needs light to really bring it to life. That may seem a statement of the obvious – everything we photograph depends on light. But what is special about Modern Architecture is that the materials used are especially responsive to light. Glass is the obvious example, but paneling, strong visual lines, and the employment of slatting to the ‘ceilings’ of porticos are others.

This image is the product of the interaction of all those materials and crucially Light.

_DS77521_BWThis was taken at a small shopping mall on the southern edge of Milton Keynes close to Stadium MK, and known as MK1 Shopping Park. It comprises a clutch of Fashion shops and a branch of Marks and Spencer. I’ve visited it a few times since it opened at the beginning of this year (if my memory is correct). The critical feature of this development is a long and high slatted portico along the entire frontage. Sunlight streams through the slats, hits the walls, bounces off the glass and creates shadow patterns on the walls and flooring. And there’s a wealth of other semi-abstract images available to those who can See them.

More images will follow next week. Stay tuned.

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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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21 Responses to Stripes and Leaves

  1. coast72 says:

    A lot of people won’t even notice how much thought there has been put into designing a building , let alone see the beauty in modern architecture.Me aswell was one of those sceptics who has made the comment ,did they reeally have to put this down there?!! – until you take a closer look and see how buildings, nature and humans interact brilliantly together- Great capture

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks for that great comment. The sad part I suspect is that the architects went to a lot of trouble, I imagine, to work out how best the light would ‘play’ with this building, and most of the people I visit this Mall will never raise their eyes above eye-level. They will miss so much.

  2. I love the shot Andy. Black-and-white is perfect and the shadows are just awesome.

  3. oneowner says:

    It’s not accidental that the cast shadows look as nice as they do. Today, architects study the light and shadows when designing buildings. This is exceptionally well done, and it makes for a great photo.

  4. athyfoto says:

    Well seen and well captured. The light, the people, the empty space all came together here. I really like how the branches of the birch are the same angle as the shadows too. Very nice work!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Frank. You’ve hit on something. Strange how the shadows seem to enclose, but don’t encroach on, the tree. And yes, there is an echo of the line and angle.

  5. Len says:

    I just love the play of light and shadows in this image Andy. They create such wonderful lines. The B&W choice makes them jump off the screen.

  6. Wonderful graphic image, Andy, perfectly suited to the monochrome treatment.

  7. says:

    Great work! Love the lighting!

  8. Phillip says:

    Wow Andy. Way to use your eyes. I’m not sure that I would have even noticed the opportunity. Thanks for opening my eyes.

  9. Chillbrook says:

    Super photograph Andy. Love it.

    • LensScaper says:

      Many thanks Adrian. I’ve been to this Mall four times now and finally hit the right weather. Also the shadows cast from the Portico’s slats benefited from the lower position of the sun in the sky. More from this venue coming up next week

  10. Helen Cherry says:

    Wonderful light and shapes

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