Into the Interior

The modern concept of using glass as cladding or facade for buildings allows us to see into them to varying degrees depending on a range of factors including the direction of light, its intensity, the degree of reflectivity of the glass used, whether it is tinted or not, and the differential levels of ambient light inside and outside. And then there are additional levels of complexity created by glass acting as a giant mirror reflecting and distorting the surrounding environment.

Sometimes the views are clear, sometimes they are subtle. Sometimes they are easy to interpret and sometimes they puzzle us. One thing is for sure, the built world would be a less interesting place if so-called flat glass had not been invented.

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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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6 Responses to Into the Interior

  1. Sue says:

    Nicely enigmatic, Andy….

  2. paula graham says:

    Stunning photo, I love it.

  3. Chillbrook says:

    This is very much a fashion in architecture, the glass and the steel. I love it but sadly in my opinion it is giving our cities an homogeneous look such that you could be in Tokyo, London, Shanghai, New York, or Dubai and you’ll see the exact same structures. Thankfully, there is enough of the old, for now, between these clones, for us to sense the character of a city but for how long. I remember when I was living in Islington Andy I used to cycle to Tate Modern regularly and I would pass a construction site where the facade of an old building, all 5 floors or so, were being propped up while the building behind was demolished and rebuilt. A fascinating project to watch in progress. Long may that respect for the old face of a city remain. That’s not to say we can’t enjoy these amazing buildings with their glass facades reflecting so much, so differently. It’s no wonder you enjoy photographing them so much!

    • LensScaper says:

      Thanks Adrian. I used to walk past the old Middlesex Hospital site in Fitzrovia for years until eventually the site was re-developed, One long facade was retained on a side of that site and it has blended in well. You are right about the homogeneous look of modern architecture – an outcome of the fact that major Architectural Practices are now global concerns. Although work progresses across the capital at a prodigious rate, I am confident that London will remain distinctive for many years to come. Documenting the change will remain fun, so long as I can walk the streets.

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