The Towers of The Teeth?

May 27, 2021  •  1 Comment
Carchost and Narchost stood either side of the Black Gate at the entrance to Mordor. Long abandoned by the Gondorians, they were occupied by the servants of Sauron and swung open at the end of the epic story, to allow his forces to face the Host of the West in the final, agonising, Battle of the Black Gate. Today, instead of Orcs and Trolls, they...
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Verticals

May 20, 2021  •  1 Comment
This was a n exercise in experimental composition. I am generally respectful of the “rule of thirds” and other helpful concepts for artistic composition, but on this occasion I jettisoned eons of art history to try out a purely vertical layout. Using an ugly street lamp as the principal point of interest, framed by boring skyscrapers and allowing a...
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Ghostbusters

May 13, 2021  •  1 Comment
Dawn in Winter at the Ghostbusters Building: more exactly the apartment block at 55 Central Park West and 66th Street, New York. Featured in the climactic final scene of the film, it was designed by Schwartz & Gross in the Art Deco style and built in 1929. I was fortunate to live on the 40 th floor of an uglier building nearby, with heart-stopping...
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Trompe l’Oeil

May 06, 2021  •  1 Comment
The Turning Torso apartment building in Malmo, Sweden was designed by Santiago Calatrava, who is not only an architect, but a sculptor. It was completed a year before I took the photograph and was inspired by one of his own sculptures of a human “Twisting Torso”. The oblique angle of the image to the lens is not the only reason that appears to mak...
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Fear Of Heights?

April 29, 2021  •  1 Comment
The camera had to hang over the parapet of the mighty Hoover Dam and peer into its depths with no visible means of support. Luckily, I did not do the same, since I used the self-timer to take delayed exposures, after I had braced the camera on the rim attached to a monopod. Equally, since I “self-insure”, I was also gripping tightly onto the camera...
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