My elder son Karol translates texts for Tripadvisor and he gives me always advice before my trips. So when I was planning my journey to UK, he told me interesting stories about attractions in Birmingham, and it is why I went there. It seems that Karol knows more about the British towns than many of TE-Members. And the photo opportunities in Birmingham are enormous and for everyone. Stunning modern architecture, like Bullring and new library, Victorian buildings that surprised you, interesting street scenes, often exotic as there is slightly more than 50 percent of white population.
In order not too waste too much time, three photos of Selfridges. You can play with your camera in day and in night, always fun.
After Wikipedia: The Selfridges Building is a landmark building in Birmingham. It is part of the Bullring Shopping Centre and houses Selfridges Department Store. The building was completed in 2003 at a cost of £60 million and designed by architecture firm Future Systems. It has a steel framework with sprayed concrete facade. Since its construction the building has become an iconic architectural landmark and seen as a major contribution to the regeneration of Birmingham. The building's facade comprises 15,000 anodised aluminium discs mounted on a blue background.
Future Systems was a London-based architectural and design practice, formerly headed by Directors Jan Kaplický and Amanda Levete. Jan Kaplický ( 18 April 1937 – 14 January 2009) was a world-renowned Czech architect who spent a significant part of his life in the United Kingdom. He was the leading architect behind the innovative design office, Future Systems. He was best known for the futuristic Selfridges Building in Birmingham, England, and the Media Centre at Lord's Cricket Ground in London. In February 2007, he won the international architectural competition for the new building of the National Library of the Czech Republic in Prague, a project that was subsequently cancelled. This was to have been his first major building in his home country, and he said the project was the most important event in his life. However, the design for the building, resembling a green and purple blob and nicknamed by locals "the Octopus", was heavily criticized. President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus was overheard saying he would be willing to prevent the building going ahead with his own body; his spokesman later clarified it was an off-hand remark that had not been meant to be taken seriously.
Towards the end of his life, Kaplický began to spend more time in the Czech Republic, where he was awaiting the construction of the Czech National Library and where his design for the Congress and Concert Hall Centre in České Budějovice (Budweis) had been approved. He married the film producer Eliška Kaplický, née Fuchsová, in 2007. On 14 January 2009, hours after the birth of his daughter Johanna Kaplická, he collapsed on a street in Prague near Vítězné náměstí (Victory Square) with heart failure and could not be revived by emergency services.
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macjake (49296) 2014-01-05 1:04
each of these 3 photos could easily be posts in their own right....especialy the colored version in blue.....thats my favorite! Take it down from the WS and post it as the main!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Put this photo in the WS!!!!! Haha
That blue photo IS THAT GOOD! Its super with its illuminatioj and many many circles!My favorite photo of yours :)
Wonderful collection of the 3
lousat (68539) 2014-01-05 1:34
Hi Malgo,truly beautiful this strange bridge in the night,a spectacular blue and a very original perspective,perfect exposure and details,not easy,i like it!! Have a nice wet Sunday,Luciano.
SnapRJW (27012) 2014-01-05 1:48
Hello Malgo - What a super trio of shots which give a good overview of the Selfridge building. We've just had the TV series Mr Selfridge here in Namibia and the original shop in London was, at the time, cutting edge architecture of the Chicago school. This building continues with its up-to-the-minute design. I'm sure Mr Selfridge would be well pleased! Nicely done! Warm regards Rosemary
jurek1951 (40207) 2014-01-05 2:09
efektowne oswietlenie,ciekawa budowla,doskoaly kadr dobra notatka,pozdrawiam
snunney (76370) 2014-01-05 2:21
The architecture of this building is indeed fascinating, it seems as if the skin is covered in giant blue tacks! You present us with three interesting variations on a theme. I have to say my preference is for the other 'blue' one. Nevertheless, they are all worthy of merit. Well composed and very well exposed this one and with superb colours and sharpness. Have a pleasant Sunday.
jemaflor (77476) 2014-01-05 2:26
Beautiful blue tones well captured, good contrast with the dark night, interesting angle, well captured, tfs.
timecapturer (41792) 2014-01-05 3:12
WoW! This is a stunner! I love your POV and the way you have created this amazing shot. It is so original and a real eye-catcher. Well done Malgo, I feel a trip up to Birmingham coming on.
Enjoy your Sunday - B.
krzychu30 (14986) 2014-01-05 4:02
sposob w jaki skadrowalas ta scene oraz niebieskie swiatlo tworza niezwykly,futurystyczny i abstrakcyjny charakter fotografii!
Trudno oderwac oczy.Bardzo mi sie podoba!
Pozdrawiam i zycze milej niedzieli
marabu61 (6477) 2014-01-05 4:12
Good to have a son in Tripadvisor, plenty of free travel tips from firsthand.
We have seen several pictures from the Selfridges in Birmingham here on TE already, but never one so captivating like your night shot. The architecture of this iconic building is stunning indeed and you have rendered it to a true piece of art.
That curved overpath resembles truly a fish and the blue is very attractive. The facade of the building shines like giant fish scales here.
I like all three photos from this series, but this one is truly the best.
have a great sunday
Romano46 (15574) 2014-01-05 4:30
bella e molto originale la prospettiva con la quale hai ripreso l'edificio che ti permette di creare una bella composizione dominata dalle forme tondeggianti e dominate dal blu.
Ciao e buona domenica
Sergiom (50552) 2014-01-05 5:52
J'aime beaucoup le petit côté graphique de cette composition. J'aime aussi le petit côté fluide de la forme bleue. La photo de nuit est bien réussie et le cadrage est excellent.
rbassin (15046) 2014-01-05 5:55
c'est une superbe photo, d'un bon graphsime et de très bons effets de lumière.
holmertz (34613) 2014-01-05 7:29
Today you certainly give us three photos for the price of one. They are all good and interesting, showing very original architecture. You obviously had a lot of fun taking these pictures.
Regarding your son's work: are there actually humans doing those translations? :-) When I see English translated into Swedish it definitely looks like computer-work with no sense of grammar.
jcpix (9274) 2014-01-05 8:05
Hello dear Malgo,
I agree with Craig, all three of these could hold their own as a main post. Just as impressive seeing them again here, as on FB! :) Fascinating architecture for sure, and you've done a good job in creatively composing each one for maximum visual impact. There must have been endless angles and perspectives, I'm sure there are some who could easily spend hours photographing just this one site...me being one of them. :) And of course for me, anything with the color blue will always be an instant attraction.
Hope we get to see even more of this place through your camera. Here's to a happy, healthy and well traveled 2014 for you my friend. Take good care.
All the best wishes,
Noel_Byrne (17175) 2014-01-05 8:06
Your photos from here have given me an all new appreciation for this building. I have been here before, but barely gave it a second look, but seeing this and your workshop, I would love to go back and try my hand at some photography here. Brilliantly seen the fish here with its fins out too, really creative vision.
All the best
rychem (16412) 2014-01-05 8:57
No, efekt jest niesamowity, ten niebieski u Ciebie odbieram jako ciapły, doskonała kompozycja
tenretin (1463) 2014-01-05 10:16
A beautiful composition with splendid colors.
carlo62 (23676) 2014-01-05 13:50
Carlo ti ha dato delle buone indicazioni, ma tu le hai messe bene in pratica.
Bel servizio, completo e di ottima qualità, un'architettura veramente elastica, si presta a tante soluzioni, come già avevo visto altre volte.
mkamionka (28420) 2014-01-05 14:24
to co mi sie tu najbardziej podoba to element zaskoczenia i zadziwienia, pytanie ktore sie w pierwszej kolejnosci narzuca to: CO TO JEST? Bardzo lubie fotografie ktore tak wlasnie zaskakuja. Craig takie rzeczy robi, ja oczywiscie jak to wyznaje szczerze wole zwyczajne malo ambitne pocztowki.
Bardzo fajna geometria tutaj no i doslownie nieziemskie swiatla.
Wyglada na to ze Birmingham podobalo Ci sie najbardziej.
tyro (17250) 2014-01-05 16:52
A fascinating note and a wonderful night shot of this fabulous building! Another one with your tripod, eh? :o) And, of course, two wonderful workshop pictures to accompany it.
I've seen quite a few photographs of this modern building before, particularly ones taken by Mike Wright (mjw364), but this is a very striking shot, the bold blocks of deep blue making a strong statement against a totally black background.
Your composition in this main picture is excellent, your exposure perfect, the details and sharpness excellent and the colour stunning.
The two workshop pictures are excellent too - the deep blue one (presumably also taken at night) is very striking and the other has some fabulously interesting and colourful reflections!
Sonata11 (32261) 2014-01-05 19:47
Witaj Malgorzato, wspaniala kompozycja z ciekawego punktu widzenia. Piekna kolorystyka. Sliczna praca.
Serdecznie pozdrawiam i zycze Tobie i Twojej rodzinie szczesliwego Nowego Roku, Barbara
jjcordier (70535) 2014-01-05 22:57
Les trois photos auraient toutes méritées d'être mises à l'honneur dans un post principal et donnent une belle vision de ce bâtiment, de jour comme de nuit.
delpeoples (50651) 2014-01-06 1:00
Happy New Year dear lady, did you celebrate in style? I bet you were the life of the party! Now I understand part of the reason why you are such a good traveller and so knowledgeable about the places you visit: Karol! Is he the Vegemite eater? So we must thank him for his wonderful information. This place looks very familiar, I think I have seen it in Mikey and Will's photos. Good to see it in colour and also to see it at night. I love the POV, the fluorescent blue tones and the excellent light management.
Hugs and I hope 2014 brings you everything you wish for
mesutilgim (76734) 2014-01-06 3:03
Hello dear Malgo,
Another topclass capture from your last trip !
Very good layout and great graphical effect.
Again many interesting notes makes your entry a perfect TE job.
TFS and best regards from the sunny İstanbul !
dkmurphys (44595) 2014-01-06 9:51
Spectacular night capture of this impressive structure. I like the way you've seen this detail.
Have a fine evening.
rigoletto (33776) 2014-01-07 4:35
hi malgo. regarding the title, this indeed has an organic look, and further, selfridge texture looks like lizard skin. so, this needs to be one of your craziest from brittland for sure. i agree with other viewers about giving a chance to your WS versions. especially, i wowed at altered #1.
COSTANTINO (47662) 2014-01-07 23:29
Hello my friend
what a beautiful blue shot
what an impressive composition
in amazing blue so impressive
and original spectacular
view to this blue
first shot quality
have a n ice day