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Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 10 October 2007 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This photo was taken at Manchester's Imperial War Museum from the viewing platform at the top of the air-shard tower (see photo from 2 days ago for an external view of the tower)

FUJIFILM FinePix F31fd 1/420 second F/2.8 ISO 100 8 mm

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Zing from Hamilton, New Zealand

Beautiful composition, nice BW!

10 Oct 2007 6:18am

@Zing: Thnaks very much Zing! - thats kind of you.

Bron from Canberra, Australia

I love the abstract elements & b/w Ian!

10 Oct 2007 6:52am

@Bron: Thanks Bron - thats very kind of you!

hans from Austria

waw, what a pic....great composed, well done

10 Oct 2007 8:11am

@hans: Thanks hans - it was a very dramatic architectural space in which to take photos!

Martin from Paris, France

Splendid ...
I Love ...

10 Oct 2007 8:15am

@Martin: Thanks Martin!

badala from Leiria, Portugal

Very graphic.

10 Oct 2007 10:44am

@badala: Thanks badala!

krownoise from ..., France

wow, very nice composition.
lovely shot

10 Oct 2007 11:31am

@krownoise: Thanks krownoise - thats very kind of you!

amy from Rocky Mountain House, Canada

Fabulous, Ian!! The lines, the shadows, the lone figure, the pov... all come together for a very evocative image.

10 Oct 2007 1:54pm

@amy: Thanks amy - it was an incredible space in which to take photos!

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Excellent composition, loved every detail of this photo!

10 Oct 2007 2:45pm

@Alfredo J. Martiz J.: Thanks Alfredo - i'm so pleased that you liked it!

Michael Rawluk from Prince George, Canada

I have looked at this a couple of times. I don't know what I like best. I finally figured it out. It is the chaos of lines isolating the man. I am probably reading too much into it but it seems to speak about loneliness.
Great processing but it all starts with the original composition. Wonderful.

10 Oct 2007 2:46pm

@Michael Rawluk: Thanks for looking Michael - the building is a war museum of the type where war is not glamorised. The architect is world famous (Daniel Libeskind) and he has clearly set out to design a building that is edgy and adventurous.
The viewing platform in this photo is high up in the air in a tower that is about 5 degrees off vertical and its access from the lift is via a bridge with an open mesh floor (see tomorrows pic for a photo of the bridge). The view down is quite scary for kids or those who are nervous of heights.
In the context of this kind of very stark architectural space, placing a lone figure in the photo is always going to have the effect of projecting loneliness I think. All those stark lines also have a prison like quality to them don't they.
I found my visit to the building exciting from a photographic point of view and the exhibition space emotionally moving and difficult to 'forget' - my photos coming up on Friday and Saturday attempt to convey some of this emotion - I'll be interested in hearing what you think.

Hui Wen from Singapore, Singapore

Nice composition ian! (:

10 Oct 2007 2:59pm

@Hui Wen: thanks very much!

Kontis from Vilnius, Lithuania

Interesting composition. Very much lines well composed in one picture. Very good!

10 Oct 2007 3:03pm

@Kontis: Thank you Kontis - I'm pleased that you liked the composition!

Sharon from Brooklyn, United States

wow, this is very, very good. The composition is fantastic. I love that you kept in so much of the foreground. The perspective (as if the camera is on the floor) is great. The silhouette of the man, the b/w all work perfect.

10 Oct 2007 5:17pm

@Sharon: Hi Sharon! - thanks very much. You were right about the camera by the way - it was on the floor as you guessed!

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

Oh Ian this is a superb composition...lines, silhouette, WOW

10 Oct 2007 6:30pm

@Lorraine: Hi Lorraine - what a nice surprise! Welcome back to AM3 - I'm sure all your many friends will be delighted.

LuisRodrigues from Lisbon, Portugal

This is a fantastic shot! Great composition, the use of colors was excelent!

10 Oct 2007 6:36pm

@LuisRodrigues: Thanks very much!

Reza from Montreal, Canada

This is absolutely great shot! The composition and angle are professionally chosen and B&W was the best choice to express the feeling of the image. A classic .

10 Oct 2007 10:08pm

@Reza: Thank you very much Reza!

Daniel from Olympia, United States


11 Oct 2007 1:37am

Steve from United States

WOW, this is exceptional...wonderful lines, and that lighting is perfect. And that he looking up? I like it, whatever he's doing.

11 Oct 2007 4:13am

@Steve: Thanks Steve! - he is looking out at the view - the space is a viewing platform partly open to the weather in that there is no glass in the gaps between those vertical metal cladding members.

Rabbit from Richmond, United States

This is quite a treasure of lines =D it makes me so happy to see such a pattern. Considering i love to wear plaid - i think i would be just ecstatic to be there wrapped up in all the shadows and light of these lines.

11 Oct 2007 4:51am

@Rabbit: Cheers - your 'take' on photos is always unique and never fails to make me smile :-)

TravBoy from West/Wet Coast, United States

love the movement you were able to capture in this picture.

11 Oct 2007 2:17pm

yiannis krikis from thessaloniki, Greece

great image I like the angle of view

11 Oct 2007 4:42pm

blundershot from Perth, Australia

captured more than a building, very moving

12 Oct 2007 12:27pm

FUJIFILM FinePix F31fd
1/420 second
ISO 100
8 mm