Stills V3

December 8, 2009

London 12

Filed under: John Ellis — zavaell @ 07:44

Brunswick Centre, Bloomsbury



  1. This has a clinical look about it where it almost looked like one of those computer generated images. This is what your new shopping centre will look like!

    Comment by Rex — December 9, 2009 @ 08:20

  2. What Rex said. Like an architectural model, with little pre-rendered people that you drop in where you like. Interesting, though.

    Comment by matt — December 9, 2009 @ 12:41

  3. Architectural rendering is what I thought of as well. I tried to figure out why it gives that impression — even with the two boys in action. Something about the soft light with little shadow, clean surfaces and the two “matching” trees perhaps. It is a fascinating effect, whatever the reason.

    Comment by Christina — December 9, 2009 @ 14:54

  4. Of course, if it were an architectural rendering, the sky would be blue with some fluffy clouds!

    Comment by Christina — December 9, 2009 @ 16:11

  5. Very difficult to see this as real – despite the fact that I’ve shopped in that shopping centre.

    Away from thoughts about freak lighting and so on, this shot differs from a number of your recent ones by the fact that the balance between human subject and the built environment is weighted here much more in favour of the environment. Despite the figures on the right tipping this towards being a “moment” photo, it is the shopping centre that is the main event – with the figures just adding some lift.

    Comment by Colin — December 9, 2009 @ 17:49

  6. No blue sky – the rain really tipped it down about 10 minutes later. The main focus for me at the time was the two boys – who would seem to be oblivious to the delights or horrors of such a place.

    London 5 and 7 also were tilted more towards the environment but maybe this one is just a bit more so. But then that is London!

    Comment by John Ellis — December 9, 2009 @ 19:07

  7. The figures in this have kept my interest – the kids on the right setting this off. Once I look closer at the people, I notice none are ‘cut-off’ at the edges and most have more than enough personal space around them to be individual yet form part of a much bigger tapestry.

    Comment by akikana — December 13, 2009 @ 06:05

  8. Thanks for various comments. I was reasonably content that I had got as close as one might in this situation/environment to a ‘decisive moment’. The meeting of all the lines from roofs/benches/canopies etc. seemed to work well to lead to the boys.

    Comment by John Ellis — December 13, 2009 @ 13:42

  9. The contrast between the playful young men and the environment is interesting. Having all the lines lead me to them is an added bonus. The few well-spaced intense colors emphasize the muted tones that dominate.

    Comment by anitajesse — December 16, 2009 @ 23:49

  10. Archtectural rendering for me too (Google sketchup, spectifically)

    I love the palette. There’s almost a absence of reds – with just the odd accent.

    Nicely done.

    Comment by lillput — December 20, 2009 @ 16:12

  11. Like Colin, I’ve stopped there before but this seems more real as last time I was there it was devoid of people and felt like an empty movie set.
    The important thing that keeps this real for me is the guy on the left looking at the boys playing – lifts it above that staged feeling the others have commented.

    Comment by doonster — January 10, 2010 @ 01:32

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