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.
This 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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