This is the Frederick Lanchester building, which forms part of Coventry University. This was taken at night on a long exposure hence black and white and grain in the clouds.
Frederick Lanchester was a pioneer of the motor car and started to design his first motor car in 1893, a single cylinder 5 bhp engine. Lanchester cars set a precedent because their car bodies were fully interchangeable (an idea clearly utilised in Fordist production techniques). At this time car bodies were made by coachbuilding companies, specifically for each chassis.
The Lanchester Engine Company was formed in 1899 and Lanchester racing cars made their first appearance at Brooklands in 1921. The last pure-bred Lanchester was made in 1929. The Company suffered from lack of investment and in 1931 it was bought by Daimler. So Daimler later became Mercedes Benz and I think it is ironic that the German company is given credit for it's advanced engineering and cars of status when in fact they owe it to a British guy!
Lanchester also played a leading part in the design and development of armoured fighting vehicles prior to WWII. The Lanchester name was dropped by Daimler in 1956, almost sixty years after the first Lanchester car. Today his name most usually comes up in recognition of the development of the modern disc brake and his pioneering work on the evolution of the motor car in this country is largely forgotten.
Hope the petrolheads out there enjoy this note.
I called it Lanchester's Futurescape since it kind of made me think that if an engineer designed our landscapes and houses in the future, this is pretty much what it may look like.
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timecapturer (49288) 2014-04-04 4:22
unmistakably yours this. Love the way you have composed and presented this - futuristic and beautifully imaginative. Could be the set of a monochrome version of Star Wars! Superb!
Have a good weekend - B.
Sergiom (66333) 2014-04-04 5:07
J'aime beaucoup cette composition. Je trouve cette contre plongée des plus intéressante. Beaucoup d'ampleur et un côté graphique intéressant. Le noir et blanc est bien fait.
ACL1978 (7511) 2014-04-04 6:03
Welcome back after a bit of an absence, Mike! Glad to see your shots here again... of course your absence began just as mine ended! This is a great shot, and it bears your signature, no question. Brilliantly transformative perspective, and the creativity of your interpretation is right on; I half expect an anti-grav car to come speeding through here. The background too is well treated; looks almost like a looming dust cloud. Thanks!
Noel_Byrne (27006) 2014-04-05 2:57
this is really an inspiring shot for me, a big fan of black and white, and modern architecture. The conversion of a night shot makes the sky so perfectly black and gives the impression you travelled to another planet to take this. Beautiful result and fascinating note,
Thanks as always
macjake (60664) 2014-04-05 9:54
what the heck are we looking at here mate?
I can't seem to wrap my brain around it.
are those steps in the fg? or is it some sort of small waterfall structure? hard to tell without something more tangeble.
but thats also what makes it seem to cool.
the large openings at the top really intrigue me, very futuristic looking photo you have here my friend.
i truly can't tell if what i'm viewing is a large subject or something smaller - the end result is a brain twister. Or at least it is for my small brain :)
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-04-05 13:35
the scene has great,futuristic look!
And your B&W processing and strong light contrast emphasize this feeling even more.
kathryn_weir (2056) 2014-04-05 17:59
A dramatic and stark shot- the B & W treatment is great. I particularly like the geometry and your positioning so as to capture those leading lines from the bottom corners. The extended crop format works beautifully - very futuristic indeed. Love it.
Thanks for sharing
r_bodenschatz (173) 2014-04-06 0:16
At the first glance it looks like stairs, but I assume the photo was taken upwards along a wall.
willperrett (8017) 2014-04-06 14:52
Hello again Mike
Good idea to shoot this at night. I'd have been in the pub. The noise in the sky isn't particularly noticeable, but could easily be minimised by a selection and P'shop's Despeckle and/or Reduce Noise options. I like the graphism and vertical viewpoint.
- Copyright: Michael Wright (mjw364) (7516)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2014-04-04
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Nikon D7000, Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6 DC EX HSM
- Exposure: f/5.6, 8 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-04 3:09