Friday, 1 March 2013

Brooding across the water


The Hepworth, Wakefield, is a series of trapezoidal blocks, lit by a few huge windows in the walls and skylights in the roof. It is clad with self-compacting pigmented concrete and is designed to look very sculptural itself. I think it's one of those brutalist buildings you either love or hate, and to be honest I'm not sure whether I like it or not. It's a very minimalist building, quite dour on a grey winter's day. Yet as a photographer I was drawn to it... it asks to be photographed, and presents a challenge. I felt I wanted to go back to it several times in different lights and seasons. The backlight was all wrong for this view, resulting in the facade looking quite flat when it is actually very angular. But, even so, it has a mood...

7 comments:

  1. I like it! Its very modern and quite artistic with its geometric design. Overcast days do tend to make photos look flat but the reflection makes this one interesting.

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  2. I shame to say that I haven't been yet. But now the sun is creeping out a little more and the light is improving I can feel the photographer in me awakening after its winter hibernation. First the Hepworth ... and then Silsden.

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  3. The building is definitely worthy of other visits to catch it at different seasons. I could imagine that it could look razor sharp with blue skies, deeper reflections and the softness of the willow tree at its edge. However, I like your photo today it has a grey brooding feeling about it.

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  4. Interesting to take a picture, but not my cup of tea in architecture!

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  5. I think I like it. Maybe in a more rural setting it would look like a mountain...the reflection is very nice!

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  6. I knew that RedPat would love it. She loves modern things and I am a traditionalist on the other end. Yes, it is brutalism, and a better example of it than many others. I think your shot is perfect with the light coming from behind. Well done, jennyfreckles.

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