I took this photo on my way to work (due to the kind of my job I visit various areas of Moscow), in the area which is not part of ordinary tourists' tracks :)
I have never seen any foreign tourist in this area, though nearby there is a very famous hotel "Sovetsky". I think foreigners stay there, too.
This building is part of the Architectural Complex; this complex is known as - "Mantashev Stables" (built in the style of Viennese Baroque by 2 Russian architects - brothers A.Vesnin & V. Vesnin). These stables belonged to Alexander Mantashev.** (see the info below)
In early 1990s this complex of buildings was owned by a Moscow theatre. The owners of the theatre dreamt of building a big auditorium, and they thought the best place for their project was the area behind this building. For this purpose the stables which were behind it had to be pulled down.
I must say that so far I can see no construction work going on; it seems to be a building freeze.
This POV is the only POV possible to show the whole building together with the area around it. It's impossible to step farther to take a more panoramis shot: there were many trees and a residential building behind me: besides, the tree brahcnes would block half of the building.
Here is a link to the photo of the same building taken almost from the same POV approximately 100 years ago (I found this photo while browsing the Net in search of the necessary material for this post).
Another photo in the Workshop was taken by myself with my cell phone camera... from a different angle... and on a rainy day.
The words written in Russian on the construction fence (on the right) are the following: "Nation. Motherland. Socialism.".
Next to the building is a car repair shop and a car wash.
** Alexander Mantashev (1842–1911) was a prominent Armenian oil magnate, industrialist, financier, and a philanthropist. By the end of his life he had become one of the world's wealthiest individuals.
ISO-100; exposure program: manual; metering mode: spot.
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jurek1951 (41319) 2008-10-23 0:55
Very beautiful street shot vith great POV, colours and perspective.
gracious (20025) 2008-10-23 0:55
Compliment for this fine and beautiful architecture well captured with the best pov and it's lighting from the angle of the sun! truly wonderful
the image is sharp with excellent colouration and details
greeting from NZ
Royaldevon (28379) 2008-10-23 14:35
You have chosen a good angled view of this building which gives a sense of perspective as well as showing lovely details of the frontage, and some appreciation of the depth.
Good, sharp focus and excellent colours with the bright light.
I was so interested to see the link of the building 100 years ago! What a change in the methods of transport!!
Many thanks for your warm comments on 'Evening sunlight over Cannes'.
fkostas (454) 2008-10-23 18:48
Hi Elena, I like this building, but too bad those cars are in the way. There is some nice blue light in the dormer windows, and the sky is nice as well, but truth be told, I prefer the rainy shot on the Cell phone camera! The old photo is interesting provenance.
shevchenko (19257) 2008-10-23 22:56
Good pov to show the baroque style architecture, scrawl culture are every where in the world, but here the wall is original artistic and no need scrawl on it beautiful surface, very nice sunny blue sky, thank for sharing an hidden peaceful corner near to your working place.
AiresSantos (56155) 2008-10-24 0:29
Very nice view of the Mantashev Stables. Good POV and vivid colours. I like this architecture and how you framed it
TFS and have a nice day
AKITA (15125) 2008-10-24 17:41
as an ambience of the photo, I like WS1 in rainy day,
and to see dignified Greek columns, WS2 is excellent,
but to see its whole perspective, your main posting shot is most photogenic POV.
in fine day this blue sky shows the white stone wall very vivid. and greek columns and the central tower are interesting combination.
(graffiti are not good in this case...)
thank you for your wonderful presentation.
holmertz (39489) 2008-11-03 9:14
I don't know why I missed this picture before. It's a fine building and the photo has fine colours, but I guess the value of this picture is really increased by the link to the old one. That makes it truly interesting. This place has certainly undergone some changes.
- Copyright: Elena Su (fanni) (14377)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2008-09-22
- Categories: Daily Life, Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 450D, Canon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS, Kenko Pro1D Circular PL(W) 58m
- Exposure: f/5.7, 1/128 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Theme(s): Moscow as it is. [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2008-10-23 0:31