Playing with shapes, reflections, and colors at Harpa, Reykjavik's Concert Hall, is irresistible.
Harpa was designed by the Danish firm Henning Larsen Architects in co-operation with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson. The structure consists of a steel framework clad with geometric shaped glass panels of different colours. The building was originally part of a larger redevelopment in Reykjavík, the rest of which was partially abandoned when the Icelandic financial crisis happened. (wikipedia)
Fortunately, the Icelandic government made what was at the time a controversial decision to fully fund the rest of the construction costs for the half-built concert hall. And now visitors and Icelanders can enjoy the results.
I'm posting this shot this morning ~ it's near the end of August and after a long, hot summer, I'm looking forward to boots, jeans & Lopapeysa weather :)
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macjake (71721) 2013-08-26 6:14
this composition reminds me of the old 80's arcade game Q-Bert! Do you remember that one?
I loved this building in Iceland, and you have composed a very fine dynamic shot with all the cubes, wonderful 3D type of effect!
marabu61 (11277) 2013-08-26 6:39
So thats you there then ...
Great graphical elements that creates a pleasing three dimensional effect here, no wonder you couldn't resist.
Don't say that you are a winter's person also, if I read your note correct. When I tell people that I like winter better than summer everybody looks at me with that funny look.
have a great day
carlo62 (54064) 2013-08-26 8:20
una scelta originale, un gioco di geometrie e riflessi piacevole e simpatico.
La buona esposizione contribuisce all'ottimo risultato finale.
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-08-26 8:24
what a beautiful composition it is. Great graphical impact with those reflected planes. I admire your sharp eyes to spot a nice subject. Excellent one. (Did you captured it one handed?) Tfs.
AROBN54 (11475) 2013-08-26 9:12
another madly cool shot. I so admire your ability to spot these quirky and unique scenes. I love the graphics in this and the great reflections. It looks like some kind of space age beehive... What a neat place and you've shown it to us wonderfully. Many thanks and warmest wishes,
rigoletto (34279) 2013-08-26 10:34
i see benzene chains or a queen bee trapped in a hive :)
one of the most different and creative photos from the icy northern land.
holmertz (58234) 2013-08-26 11:25
A great and inventive shot. Are those your kids sitting in the sofa looking dead bored? :-)
The colors were not your choice but they give the picture a nice and smooth tone. You did well to see the possibilities here and the result is an intriguing and amusing picture.
limielski (0) 2013-08-26 11:49
It looks like a honeycomb. Really, a beautiful abstract composition. Superb lights, reflections and the colouring moving from bright to dark. TFS
Have a nice week!
PS. I looked at your photos on FB - BEAUTIFUL
emka (105446) 2013-08-26 15:02
Hi Kristin, It is difficult to guess what is going on there. a haven for photographers to play with the shapes and reflections.
I like summer and I am sad it comes to the end and so much time for the next one. And in the next summer (or winter, or...) one is year older. fantastic three dimensional effect.
Raz13 (137) 2013-08-26 19:56
Cool shot! Reminds me of the rock formations of Ireland.
The two men seated on the left look either bored or tired. Either or. On the other hand, you look lively and excited. That's some good contrast there.
Thanks for the information.
jcpix (13930) 2013-08-26 20:06
You're looking forward to adding apparel, and I'll just be happy when it finally drops below 100! :) What a crazy cool shot this is, I didn't know what to make of it from the thumbnail earlier today...and even when I brought it full screen, it took me a moment to wrap my mind around it...and might I say, I love it! It's almost a bit dizzying too, a virtual kaleidoscope of design.
Too bad you don't recall Q'Bert, as Craig mentioned, that's one of the first things that came to my mind as well. haha This looks like a glass honeycomb, or is it a 70's side door entry window...which I guess would actually have more of a tobacco tint now that I think of it, or is it crystal, or......it could be any number of things, and that's part of what makes this so wild! :)
Great idea to fill the frame, it really packs a graphic punch...and for someone like me who enjoys shapes and patterns, it's a fun one for sure. Thanks for sharing the self portrait. Take care.
Take it easy,
ikeharel (77153) 2013-08-27 2:12
Wonderful photojob, Kristin, looking upwards and taking the fabulous modern shapes of architecture. Each glass face a diff. perspective, and managed fine light indoor's.
we all want some winter weather in summer, and a bit of warm days in winter. Human nature's.
chawax (20760) 2013-08-27 7:31
I loved this beautiful building when I've been in Reykjavik. There is a lot to do here with a camera ! You played very well with the reflections of the glasses to make an original composition. Well done !
PiotrF (22372) 2013-08-27 12:29
Great idea to fill the frame. Atypical view of Concert Hall
For me superb!
mxblau (225) 2013-08-27 15:20
I really like this photo for you game geometric shapes and reflections, looks like an illustration. I like art and I see you too. I congratulate you. We must always look to the future with optimism, wherever we are.
And I hope you enjoy your trip to Spain.
macondo (19804) 2013-08-27 22:49
I look at just about every shot from Iceland that drifts past in the gallery, and I long to visit the country one day not soon enough. Most of them are landscape shots - like some of yours - which convey a sense of vastness, but this one shows human graphical design reflecting kaleidoscopically a very small urban space. I like this close-up, cropped-close representation of the M C Escher-like honeycomb design with human figures almost incidentally included. The transition from left to right of light to dark is also appealing. A terrific shot and good note.
BTW, one of my favourite authors is Icelandic - the pretty well known crime writer Arnaldur Indridason.
willperrett (11760) 2013-08-28 1:22
Perhaps not quite in your usual style, but none the worse for that! In fact I love your playfulness in this graphic, near-abstract composition. And I guess that's you in the centre!
abmdsudi (57176) 2013-08-29 16:19
Recognised your touch straight away, this is fabulous abstract Kristin so typical of your style. It looks like the amazing colours, repeatative shapes, reflections are emerging together producing this lovely effect and considering this is a flat surface, the 3-D effect is amazing! Having a play about is when you get the best images the results will come out different depending on the photograph used even the dullest image can be made in to a beauty with a creative eye. Quality stuff as usual certainly worth the effort, Congrats
mjw364 (1466) 2013-09-03 0:28
Surprised you got this one past the moderators since when I uploaded a shot with a self reflection recently it was taken down and I was told that self reflections were against the terms of service!
What catches my eye here is not only the repetitive pattern but also the way the blacks fade from strong to non-existent from right to left and how those two people appear totally bored sitting there. You have framed them neatly inside the hexagonal too.
EstudioChispa (2178) 2013-09-06 6:16
This shot has it all, Kristin. Well done! Very interesting geometry; borderline-voyeuristic peeks at the couple with the slumping guy and the woman in white pants, and (I am happy to see!) you; the fabulous light and shadow-play, with fully-dark panels extending into the bright side and a few bright panels going into the dark side; reflections galore; a great soft "rose" tone and the little grape accents; this is art!
*looking up "Lopapesa" now*
adores (46347) 2013-09-07 14:58
I really like the graphism and the reflections of this one. An original way to show the place. A very good composition!