Calatrava goes Ridley Scott
I write this with the echoes of the pervasive P-Funk groove of the Funkadelic/Parliament concert of yesterday night in Paradiso-Amsterdam still in my head. I won’t interrupt the travelogue in a too early a stage, so some pics of the concert will be posted later.
Displayed here are the bowels of the Estação do Oriente designed by Santiago Calatrava. Having been a distant admirer of this station it was a bit of a shock to be here as a user.
The architecture is audacious with its mix of modern and retro morphology, the integration with its surroundings is immaculate, but there is something lacking in the human touch: the routing is not obvious and the combination of scale and forms looked a tad disorientating and maybe even a bit threatening. Standing on the spot where this pic was captured we both had the association with a stage set of an Alien movie of director Ridley Scott.
You can see the 4 levels of this multi-modal station. On the top level are the train platforms, the middle levels are for the station facilities and connect to the bus and taxi station on the left and the Parque das Nações on the right and on the bottom level gives access to the green line subway station.
I balanced the Oly on a barrier and waited for a suitable arrangement of the travellers in the frame.
PCS tech: ran Rt-lens for correction of the lens distortion, corrected for perspective distortion, slightly cropped; contrast, curves & saturation adjusted; altered the exposure of assorted elements; USM-ed; added a frame and saved for the web.
Camera Manufacturer : OLYMPUS CORPORATION
Camera Model : C8080WZ
Exposure time [s] : 10/50
F-Number : F4.5
Exposure program : Aperture priority (3)
ISO speed ratings : 50
EXIF version : 02.20
Date modified : 2005:06:09 11:11:38
Exposure bias value : -7/10
Focal length : 7.1000 = 28 mm
Colour space : sRGB
Image width : 3264
Image length : 2448
Exposure mode : Manual (1)
White balance : Auto (0)
Contrast : Normal (0)
Saturation : High (2)
Sharpness : Hard (2)
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carper (96) 2005-07-22 9:54
prachtige grafische foto Bert,
mooie lijnenspel, uitstekend genomen,goede diepten, prachtig ligt. Ja Bert mooi werk,
betogrein (2232) 2005-07-22 9:54
Boa foto, ótimo enquadramento, cores e nitidez, Muito boa mesmo. Parabéns...
Marcelo_Almeida (1044) 2005-07-22 9:56
Great perspective and DOF, nice shot.
Galmeida (12559) 2005-07-22 10:00
This is a surprinsing but different of your fine and quality pictures that you Post and sometimes I have my routine time for path to path for not have a syncronizatin also path.
Thanks for this difficult materealized shot with the motion blur of mouvement people and very well done capture of these modern architecture indoor surroundings.
It's a must here at TE and like my Street Series this is new and you are also a great artist and inovateur, creative and well insight person.
Thanks to you and your work.
Best Regards and have a nice holidays.
joseelias (0) 2005-07-22 10:02
Maybe it’s needed to clarify, regarding your note, that the conception of this station is based in the idea of the inside of a whale, therefore the pillars in form of curved bones or the slightly oval shape of it. This is better perceived in the lower levels.
I think that the connection you’ve established with H. R. Gigger’s work in the "Alien" film is this way very logical. In both situations it was used some of the most aggressive of the organic forms, the bones and skeleton, as an inspiration.
The image is very good and you took a good advantage of the dynamic structures and symmetries of the station. The placement of the people in the foreground, as well the motion blur is very good. Nice warm and somber tones.
Still answering your mail… A lot of work around here too! :-)
davido (1982) 2005-07-22 10:05
A nice view of the airport/
Calatrava's a master.
I like the architecture and your capture highlights very well this beautiful site.
Steft (5975) 2005-07-22 10:37
Deze foto heeft een prachtig spel van lijnen en licht. Mooi dat we hier verschillende verdiepingen kunnen zien. Wat een schitterende architectuur is dit.
De symmetrie en de vage beweging van passerend mensen maken deze foto helemaal compleet. Die twee vrouwen op de voorgrond lijken trouwens net een soort katten/leeuwinnen op twee benen.
mlopes (494) 2005-07-22 11:01
Hi Bert... ahah this is a smart title, and i believe you'r right! the turists with the backpacks look the troopers in the alien also... where's bishop anyways :P
About the lack of signs.... well, this is Portugal right? everything should be obvious for everybody so why do we need signs? ahah i get lost everyday
Nice note along with this nice photo.
Galeota (10338) 2005-07-22 11:42
My comment won't probably be shared by you, but reading your note made me think that this is exactly the way I see the evolution of Lisbon these last few years: lots of promises, but a deceiving chaos in the end. And the tragedy is that it is revealing of the short thinking attitude spreading around the whole country. Well composed though, and the association with Ridley Scott makes sense.
nwoehnl (122) 2005-07-22 11:51
Great title, Bert, and a wonderful photo to go with it. The modern architecture of the station is skillfully presented - I particularly like the use of symmetry, and the inclusion (and placement) of people in the frame. Also good how their blur fits to the notion of "being on the move". Exposure is well managed. The only thing I might have done slightly different is angle the camera just slightly lower, so that the effect of the spanning arches would still be there, but that the people on the lower concourse wouldn't be "cut". But that's a pretty minor nitpick on this fine work.
jhm (150726) 2005-07-22 12:10
U slaagd er altijd in om een prachtig stukje architecture/ingenieurs werk te laten zien, ik vermoed dat de uitvoering in beton is, het wel een kunstwerk, met ruimte het behoorlijk licht inval. De foto Bert, is van goede kwaliteit met zeer veel details, eejn foto om eventjes bij stil testaan.
Groeten uit het killige Vlaanderen, 15.9° C
Tue (34490) 2005-07-22 12:28
Prachtige foto, het perspectief is erg mooi doordat de foto 'hoog' genomen is. Die bogen doen het ook erg goed, prima werk!
devimeuxbe (58557) 2005-07-22 16:16
We have a similair architecture in Lyon at St Exupery airport. Interesting shot with a beautifull POV.
maphoto (8082) 2005-07-22 23:44
Nice graphic elements Bert and very good point of view, nice architecture. Maybe you could have cropped a bit on the left for perfect symetry, but it is very minor, well done.
Paolo (41222) 2005-07-23 5:40
What a gorgeous image Bert!
excellent POV, a great title, good light and good quality.
i like the walking men, that give some dinamism at that great concrete structure.
excellent note too.
Isabelle (9046) 2005-07-23 11:49
by chance i saw Alien last week, Bert, and yes, this is Nostromo in its best days: dark, sinister. the sense of dimension is fantastically captured.
Interesting, I couldn´t imagine this architecture in Lisbon.
have a great weekend!
beijo, Bert, Isabel
Rinie_Hoff (9340) 2005-07-24 12:00
Yo Bert, this is indeed what I remeber of the place, it seems very futuristic this way, something like a scene from 'war of the worlds' or something. I liek the blur on the people.
On a different level, at Little Italy they have more paddestoelenbouillonblokjes than you can handle ;-))
dolin (15619) 2005-07-29 4:33
Waouhhhh excellent composition.
I like this POV and this symetry.
Very nice architecture and perfect colors tones.
Good exposition too.
pamastro (7290) 2005-07-30 1:39
Excellent point of view capturing the perspective and all the lines well. It has a very broad look. And it enters the scene well with this single bridge. I like the dashes of color here and there from lit objects and glass. It does also come across as a place that might be a bit difficult to navigate. Well done on capturing the modern atmosphere here.
It reminds me of John Portman's Renaissance Center here in Detroit and how so many still, after improvement, can't make their way around its maze like interior. I have a few photos I'll eventually post that will show that. It also reminds me of some of Antonio Sant'Elias' sketches. One day I hope to make it to this station. Until then I'll just have to admire photos like yours.
Hanssie (10756) 2005-08-03 15:34
The well-known Calatrava and the well-known Bertolucci...... stations.....
Well composed in fantastic lines and the movement of the people giving a mood
Xalkida (11744) 2005-08-05 19:35
Great geometry. I like the POV. Very nice.
danbachmann (1746) 2005-08-25 6:45
Great architecture shot. One step to the right might have made it more symetrical though so that the top support would lead straight over the viewer's head. You've done well to capture the multi-layered view into this place
- Copyright: Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) (13362)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2005-06-09
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Olympus C-8080 WZ, 28-140mm/2.4-3.2 int, SanDisk CF 512M
- Exposure: f/4.5, 1/5 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Travelogue: Lisboa & Sotavento 2005
- Theme(s): Tough & Rugged: Portuguese Rail, Hail Calatrava!, Calatravades [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2005-07-22 9:33