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The Millenium Centre, Cardiff

Posted by
Ian Bramham (Manchester, United Kingdom) on 10 February 2008 in Architecture and Portfolio.

This fantastic building on the waterfront in Cardiff bay is a centre for the performing arts..... the big letters on the front of the building are windows that let light through the facade into the main public bar of the theatre.

According to Wikipedia, Welsh poet Gwyneth Lewis wrote the words which read "Creu Gwir fel gwydr o ffwrnais awen" in Welsh (translated as "Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration") and ""In These Stones Horizons Sing" in English. I don't speak Welsh unfortunately so can't tell you if the translation is poetically accurate......maybe it's lost something. If you speak Welsh I'd love to hear your opinion!

There's a photo of the inside of this building tomorrow showing this dramatic space.


There's a photo that I've posted here of a streetlamp and steps at night. It's one of my favourite photos with my new DSLR. I've submitted it for publication in JPG magazine. You can vote for it's inclusion if you can manage to get through the registration process


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NIKON D40 1/250 second F/4.0 ISO 200 15 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I love the angle you chose for this, it's brilliant

10 Feb 2008 2:06pm

«miguel.peixeiro» from Coimbra, Portugal

...very very good work.

10 Feb 2008 2:18pm

Sangram from Mumbai, India

fantastic piece of architecture

11 Feb 2008 5:36am

Alfredo J. Martiz J. from Tokyo, Japan

Fantastic Architecture, enjoying very much the writing in the facade, great photo Ian!

11 Feb 2008 5:38am

Katie from Morioka, Japan

Great building. Love the glass reflections on the pavement.

11 Feb 2008 9:06am

danthro from Suburbia, United States

very nice shot. great composition. especially love the color on the top half of the photo and the lines of the people's shadows. what's your secret to creating that feeling of perspective (not sure what to call it), sort of like everything at the edges is stretched out more?

11 Feb 2008 11:29pm

@danthro: In answer to your question the stretched perspective is all down to the lens which is an extreme wide angle Sigma 10-20 zoom. I use a Nikon D40 DSLR which has a cropped DX sensor so this zoom is the equivalent of 15-30mm.

With this lens it's important that the foreground has some interest and lead-in lines for this effect to work best

pedro alexandre from loures, Portugal

nice and balanced photo, great tones and framing.

11 Feb 2008 11:48pm

Pouhou from Apeldoorn, Netherlands

nice composition
and the matching complementary colors

14 Feb 2008 3:38am

1/250 second
ISO 200
15 mm (35mm equiv.)