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June 24, 2010

Sage Centre

Filed under: Mike — sojournerphoto @ 22:30

I find the Sage Centre quite inspiring, and am still trying to make someting of the play of the light on the steel and glass

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10 Comments »

  1. This is a subject that I would love to have a go at. The curves of the building attract me a lot.

    It is interesting to me that you have shaved the top off the building, that is something that I could not do intentionally. It goes against my enjoyment of those curves.

    Comment by Rex — June 25, 2010 @ 21:16

  2. Had to google this. Fascinating building, and you’ve captured some of that here.

    I like that you shaved off the top of the building. If anything, I think this might get stronger if you pulled in even tighter.

    Comment by alofsm — June 26, 2010 @ 14:11

  3. I googled as well — this is quite a different view from those I saw and seems to give a better feel for the uniqueness of the building and its shapes. That painterly sky is a fine backdrop. I have no quibble with the framing.

    Comment by Christina — June 27, 2010 @ 04:26

  4. I would love to see it but Newcastle/Gateshead is just too far away!

    Two things eventually start to dominate this: the sky on the right and a head(s?) behind the third/fourth rows of glass. I tend to agree with Matt that once you have pulled in in one area, it is worth going tighter, although this does stand on its own. Clearly there are many options depending on the light/time of day.

    Comment by zavaell — June 27, 2010 @ 09:40

  5. The Quayside is becoming a bit of an ongoing project. Apart from regular working trips, it’s a great place to visit. really enjoy arriving early on a summer’s morning with the sun shining and the water gleaming.

    I’ll share a few more as time goes on so that at least you can make a virtual visit John.

    Comment by sojournerphoto — June 30, 2010 @ 23:06

  6. Is this an example where the photo makes the place look more interesting than it is?

    I reacted against that top left crop to begin with but it has grown on me.

    Comment by colinjago — July 2, 2010 @ 09:52

    • Maybe. The quayside really is a great place to arive in on a sunny day and walk around. The Sage is a fabulous concert hall, the Baltic – I’ll post one later – an interesting modern art gallery and the general feel of the place is nice. Certainly it’s transformed from 20 or 30 years ago, although that could be said of so much of the UK of course.

      I recently saw a Martin Parr exhibition (Luxury) at the Baltic, which also included some of his collection of photographs. There was a large number of prints from the 70s and 80s in Newcastle area and the change in conditions and the (apparent) lives of the occupants was very sobering. I was left remembering my childhood in rural Derbyshire and thinking back to the way we lived then – it’s easy to forget beyond the haze of memory flashes

      Comment by sojournerphoto — July 2, 2010 @ 21:05

  7. For me, that top left slither of sky pushes the building in to the frame rather than the building just being there. I’d not be looking for any crop along either the top or left side as a result. However, given the creeping nature of the building and the wonderful space created by that sky backdrop…perhaps a slice off the front of the building along the right could be considered. I find the gap there at present extremely wide even though in measured terms it isn’t.

    Comment by akikana — July 4, 2010 @ 05:24

  8. Cropping the top of the building actually niggles with me. This is an interesting angle, you’ve nicely avoided the typical armadillo view of the building.

    Comment by doonster — July 7, 2010 @ 13:44

  9. I always think of an insect body looking at this building. A left weighted picture almost balanced by that interesting sky.

    Comment by rhoehne — July 18, 2010 @ 03:02


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