Birmingham New street station is used by approximately 140,000 passengers every day, more than twice the number it was originally intended for. This has resulted in the station being redeveloped and work is underway to clad the exterior with these giant reflective sheets of metal that you can see in my image here. Work is as yet unfinished but these reflective façade extends the entire length of the street for some 100 metres. The older buildings on the opposite side of the street are reflected in the new metal cladding which results in these liquid type images along the length of the façade.
The first section of the new station opened in April 2013 and they are still only half way through the work to transform New Street.
New Street facts:
•New Street is the busiest station outside London and the busiest interchange station in the UK with a train leaving the station every 37 seconds.
•1000 workers are currently on site, working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
•The first half of the new station was completed in April 2013 and once the project is finished in 2015 there will be 36 new escalators and 15 new lifts - reaching every platform.
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Sergiom (53653) 2014-07-08 4:50
Quel spectaculaire reflet. On est beaucoup plus dans l'oeuvre d'art que dans la photographie. J'aime le mélange des lignes et des formes ainsi que les très belles courbes qui en ressortent.
CPD66 (775) 2014-07-08 4:51
really like the distortion, Dali gone mad, as it looks at the normal in an abnormal perspective. i also like the way it throws the colours into different places.
a good composition, and good colours
serp2000 (37421) 2014-07-08 4:59
Just fantastic reflection! It reminds me some impressionist picture or... a LP cover of Iron Maidan, for example. ) Excellent capturte of the street scene! You wanted to tell me about a rock concert. Do you remember? ))
I've listened "Blackfoot" in my car last week.
timecapturer (44311) 2014-07-08 5:33
WoW! this is a mind blower of an image. So much going on and so Dali-esque, so fitting considering your recent postings eh? An amazing and original shot and one more to add to your gallery of architectural wonders. Superb and inspiring stuff as always.
Regards - B.
Giustiniani (2379) 2014-07-08 5:48
une réflexion fantastique, la distorsion de l'image crée une composition artistique, surréaliste, du plus bel effet.
ACL1978 (7463) 2014-07-08 6:46
I really like how this photo progresses, Mike - standard utilitarian architecture at the top, then a more modern swoop, and then... total deconstruction! I'm still not sure where the reflection is here, as there are so many layers to this one, but this is a great example of your eye for patterns and abstraction within architecture.
ourania (25430) 2014-07-08 7:54
this photo is a work of art, really attractive and impressive not only for the fascinating spectacle it offers but also because it was created from mundane ingredients, interpreted in an original, artistic way. I like very much how the fascinating, fluid, abstract shapes are juxtaposed to the rigid patterns at top right and look as if struggling to break free. Composition and colour management are marvellous. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great day,
danos (82641) 2014-07-08 9:06
very nice the presentation of the created reflections on the facade of Birmingham new street station.I like the variety of the colours as the excellent management of them.
tyro (18206) 2014-07-08 9:55
Not Barcelona but Birmingham and yet these reflections immediately remind me of one of Dali's surreal masterpieces.
Very well seen and very well taken but even more impressive is your composition and, I suspect, your cropping and processing to achieve such a spectacular end result.
A wonderful photograph at which I could stare for ages, trying to take in all the subtle lines, curves, colours and shapes!
Interesting note about this busy station too.
siudzi (31695) 2014-07-08 11:58
Wow! What a superb visual effect was achieved here! Really cool abstract image. Smartly seen and executed one. TFS!
macjake (51264) 2014-07-08 13:02
did you fall into some mud when you took this photo!?
thats a strange looking frame, but like you said its just the way it is.
talk about an eye catcher, this one really stands out well.
love the tall vertical framing too, makes even more of an impact this way.
CLODO (28518) 2014-07-09 0:06
Amazing steel reflection, we can discover at the top the bricks buildings, but at bottom, it seems it's an industrail crash!
miumiu (4614) 2014-07-09 8:59
Really eye-catching photo, especially for me, because l started to paint with a special - "marble effect painting". So l like this capture very much with its painting-like deatils.
l posted my painting to Workshop (l don't know where could l share it...)
mesutilgim (79278) 2014-07-10 13:34
A real masyerpiece for the theme "reflections"! Great graphical effect.
TFS and best regards
Noel_Byrne (19979) 2014-07-11 11:22
Lovely surreal mix of colors and shapes here, it is like viewing oil floating on water, but placed there by skilled architects and engineers! This natural graffiti is a beautiful sight, and a great capture of it.
Thanks as always
adidas5nb (4368) 2014-07-13 0:23
spectacular piece of photography. so imaginative. love the riot of emotions in this.
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (6992)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-03-20
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm 3.5 - 5.6G ED AF-S VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/16, 1/60 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-07-08 4:46