This is an abstract image of 'The Brilliance Scheme' in Birley Street, Blackpool. There are six stainless steel arches spanning across the street with sound and light projectors built into them. This was part of a £3.5m 'regeneration by light' scheme for the town centre. However, Birley street is populated on one side by banks and on the other by cheap "poundland" type shops, which perhaps is a visual metaphor for the times we live in and maybe the sound and light show is there to symbolise the party that the bankers are having at everyone else's expense these days. The stone columns in the window at the end of the archway are in fact the windows of the Yorkshire bank - in Lancashire too - how very dare they!
Sadly, in contrast, the lights that Blackpool is most famous for, the Blackpool Illuminations, are now somewhat less than spectacular due to a lack of funds. Ironically, the bonus of just one banker would return them to their former glory.
During my visit there was a fierce storm lashing the shore of Blackpool and all of the lights went out later in the evening as a result of a power cut.
I walked back to my car with waves crashing over the sea wall at the south end of the promenade and was drenched to the skin by them. My camera bag was soaked too, though gladly my camera remained dry. How we suffer for our art!
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timecapturer (49288) 2013-11-06 2:49
an evocative commentary to accompany this wonderfully original and intriguing shot. I love the lines and textures here and it is testament to your superb eye for creative imagery. The effect is both mesmerising and magical. Love it!
Blackpool without its illuminations, now that is a sad legacy of these difficult times and something that I was not aware of. Agree whole heartedly with your thoughts too! Politicians should start listening to what the people want rather than what they think we want! A political ideal that is a long time coming.....
Regards from yet another wet autumn day here in southern England - B.
adidas5nb (5685) 2013-11-06 2:57
well what can i say....the eye you got is a special one.very very nicely seen and thought out indeed.the frame looks so very attractive.love the sheen and the graphic effect.
cornejo (34626) 2013-11-06 3:54
Hi Michael, I like this good picture of this interesting composition, very well made, very good sharpness, interesting light and color. Great and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Sergiom (65229) 2013-11-06 4:04
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. Je la ferais agrandir pour l'installer dans mon salon tellement elle est originale et fait bien ressortir la texture des éléments lumineux.
KristinsCamera (2373) 2013-11-06 5:12
stunning composition, mike ~
you have a great eye for the patterns and interplay of shapes. this one reads like a watercolor in a beautiful palette of softly muted tones.
i couldn't agree with you more on your sentiments, depressing as they are, about the haves vs the have nots. fortunately, and despite the weather, you've seen (and created) art out of the circumstances on this street.
mkamionka (31981) 2013-11-06 6:37
very attractive composition. I like the geometry with all the repeated motifs. I am curious how would it look like after running a noise filter with it, the effect would be quite different I think.
Blackpool seems like a very interesting place to visit from your reportage.
Very well done!
parvatibb (1387) 2013-11-06 11:16
A perfect example for imagination could be anywhere! And you got an great eye for it.
Antipodean (1658) 2013-11-06 11:31
Kia ora Michael,
An interesting way of looking at the Blackpool illuminations. It is a great abstract composition. Sadly, lack of funding - except in sport - is a worldwide problem. Cheers, Neil
fabbs99 (16813) 2013-11-06 18:58
Nice shot of the lights with good sharpness.Wonderful composition and clarity here.I love the simplicity of your composition.Keep sharing.TFS.
abmdsudi (45668) 2013-11-06 19:48
Thats close so well thought out. Watt a great idea, you certainly are a bright spark and what a superb bit of artistry and an imagination just perfect for the grey and miserable weather. Arrangement in the first place is brilliant with the repeating glossy bulbs, patterns in limited colours and the slash of warm light lending to a quite artistic looking. What a wonderful 'still life' superbly conceived produced and presented, Congrats
tyro (21590) 2013-11-07 0:58
This is a lovely image, beautifully abstract but with very fine textures, lighting and colours. It does certainly look to me like HDR but I know that HDR is an anathema to you and I rather suspect you used your own method (which you described to me before) in your RAW conversion in Lightroom* for this one.
I loved reading about the soaking you got in Blackpool - never mind, you won't dissolve and I'm pleased to hear that your trusty camera survived your drenching.
A very well and thoughtfully composed picture with lovely light and colours, perfect exposure and exquiiste details and clarity.
* Taking your advice, I did send away to Amazon and received Lightroom 5 at a very reasonable price. But, blow me down with a feather, I now discover that it only works on Windows 7 and above. The computer which I use daily (and which I built about five years ago) runs Vista (which I actually quite like despite what others seem to think) so I might have to think about an upgrade sometime soon!
jhm (142808) 2013-11-07 3:44
You have a great eye for the patterns and interplay of shapes and lovely details.
Pleasant colours and sharpness.
Excellent captured, nice composition.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice day,
Noel_Byrne (26567) 2013-11-07 4:26
Hats off to you for the your vision in photography, you can take it seems any subject and create a wonderful abstact image. I would not in a million years have seen this capture here, so I am loving this.
And how sad to hear the Blackpool lights are not to their former glory, I genuinely thought that a national institution like that would have funding to keep it such a tourist draw. Sadly it seems so many things are less important today than making the rich richer....
Royaldevon (32603) 2013-11-07 6:00
Truly a visit to remember!
I reported how much it rained when we visited Blackpool last year.
I share your melancholy about the demise of Blackpool. It was always the place we visited for holidays and though a little brash, was proud of what it offered; always good value for money. It has seen serious decline, of late, so that even the illuminations cannot gloss over the fading glamour.
This is a great close up, defining the pattern lines, the textures and with undeniable inference to lights. The composition follows the rules and the images are nice and sharp.
My warm regards,
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-11-07 22:34
another fascinating and abstract vision of Blackpool!
Your close-up view,the repeated shapes and finally this "metallic" look so perfectly enhanced by your PP work make this shot really superb!
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-09 0:47
in questo genere di foto sei bravissimo in quanto riesci a estrapolare parti di contesto urbano, soprattutto architettoniuco, per farne vere opere d'arte fotografiche.
Anche in questa hai dato il meglio di te stesso trasformando una distesa di lampade in un'opera a cavallo tra il reale e l'astratto dove il colore ed i motivi grafici domninano la composizione.
Ciao e buon fine settimana
ourania (35064) 2013-11-22 13:16
this is a fascinating photo, a creative interpretation of a theme difficult to conceive and visualize like this. I like the patterns and shapes that look repetitive but have also kept an individual character that, combined with the various dynamic angles you have captured, makes the composition so vibrant. Your colour, definition and contrast treatment has also enhanced the impression of animation. The graphism and the metaphor are magnificent. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely weekend,
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (7516)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-11-03
- Categories: Architecture, Artwork
- Camera: Nikon D7000, 18-105mm 3.5 - 5.6G ED AF-S VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/8, 1/1000 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-11-06 2:17