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I particularly liked the first shot - the 'complete' view - where my eye was drawn to high rise London unfolding in the top left corner. I have always been fascinated by the way the building of different eras sit alongside each other, some contrasts more stark than others. B

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Thanks Barrie. The London skyline is a fascinating mix of history and styles. I love walking along that River!

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Dec 1, 2022Liked by Andrew Eberlin

Great photos. I really appreciate the subtle hues of an overcast day. It creates a feeling too. I love those Southbank buildings in every weather and season. They always feel like home. My mum used to take me there when I was young and I always felt embraced by those brutalist forms. They still have the same effect on me!

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Thank you. Yes, whenever I visit London I am always drawn to the South Bank. The National Theatre is such a beautiful building. In the sun the honey coloured concrete is reminiscent of the honey coloured stone of Georgian Bath - that will be the subject of a future post once I take the right photos!

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Dec 8, 2022Liked by Andrew Eberlin

You're right, that South Bank concrete can be so warm - it has never felt "brutal" to me. Looking forward to Georgian Bath!

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Yes. The quality of natural light sometimes presents a ´right time’ to make a photo. Usually, sunny days don’t leave much to the imagination. Or maybe I’m just a pessimist.

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Indeed. This light woke me up to the fact that sunny days aren't the only day to photograph such buildings. I may be drawn to the sunny days because Brutalism is often decried as ugly and I want to show them in their best light.

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For the first four years of my career, I walked in and around those buildings every day. Every corner, edge, and angle familiar to me. What is now the Imax for me is the Bullring in which I played football or when the IRA came calling, took refuge. What you see as an interesting subject on which to reflect on light and contrast I see as a familiar landscape within which I spent my youth. What we see as observers governed by that of which we have experience. This is not abstract to me, this is my early life

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Taking refuge when the IRA came calling? I would like to read about your experience.

I seem recall that you worked in the IBM Building in your early days? I have some photos ready for a future post. It is being 'redeveloped' so I need to revisit soon.

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Hi, it was in my early career as a Government Forensic Scientist and because of our work the IRA deemed our Lab a legitimate target. We often received bomb threats and had to evacuate to the bullring while the lab was searched. Later in my second career in the Defence industry I used to visit IBM as we did business with them. I recall an excellent restaurant opposite called RSJs in which I've had many a business lunch

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Nov 29, 2022Liked by Andrew Eberlin

That is a lovely invitation, Andrew, to take advantage of these longer evenings to reflect on what I have missed. Thank you! (Great photos too - I really must re-visit the Barbican”.

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Thank you Will - I look forward to seeing what you rediscover!

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