Inception by Patrick Mouzawak
The Art of Building Competition is now taking entries for 2015 and is free but limited to three images. It has been the best year photographically for me ever! Being shortlisted for B&W Photographer of the Year is exciting and shows me competitions are worth pursuing. Often the exposure winning brings can have a positive impact on a photographers career. For me architecture is a new photographic genre started this year. It is not only the photography but the fascinating nature of buildings which I love learning about that makes it particularly rewarding. Shoot from the heart!
The above image is 2014 winner. If you enjoy architecture take a few minutes to browse the entries it is time invested wisely. Good luck to those entering and I will post my entries soon.
‘Brick Ads’ ‘Ghost Signs‘ (my preferred name) or ‘Mural’s’ call them what you will, from the end of the 19th Century until about the 1950’s, they dominated the urban landscape. This one advertises a bakery and due to exposure of the elements it has deteriorated but you can still see it says ‘Hygienic Bakery’ During the nineteenth century Bakers used an assortment of ‘additives’ including tasty ingredients like chalk and brick dust to bulk out the flour and ultimately the bread. In 1862 a Parliamentary found many bakeries were filled with cobwebs, insects and other vermin. Just to put in to perspective how important bread was during this time it was not uncommon for nearly 80% of household expenditure to be spent on bread! This would make this Ghost Sign later than 1862 but probably before the start of the 20th Century as things had improved considerable by then.
Sadly this ‘Ghost Sign’ has now been removed as the building has been developed and with it a piece of social history has disappeared. Please click on the link to see more from the project and a book is available.
The National Trust is now running tours for a ten day period starting from September 25th for those who are fans of this much maligned architectural style. This is a departure for the National Trust who typically only run tours of property that they own. Lets celebrate rough unfinished concrete because Brutalist buildings are being demolished all over the UK.
Simon Robert’s National Property explores our relationship with historic and revered sites in the UK. His self-deprecating eye is a amusing, and a study of the ‘heard mentality’ when we go to enjoy our national treasures. The memory is less likely to recall something that we have photographed as the camera forms a barrier and has profound impact on our ability to recall details of what we have seen.
The Leadenhall Building is a skyscraper in the City of London affectionately known as ‘The Cheese Grater.’ It opened in July 2014 and is from the Richard Rodgers practice. Taken last week.