Lucky...blue skies, great weather and I happen to have a camera with me, that's a rare combination for me when in Liverpool. Usually I don't take a camera with me on football trips, but this time I convinced my kid to lend me her pocket camera. A small, handy ditty.
Why, why do men build towers?
Sure, they serve a practicular purpose,
like a watchtower, to put up antenna's
and as a landmark, an handy icon of orientation.
But there seems to be more.
There has to be more.
From way back in ancient times
and all over the planet,
people erect and worship.
This picture shows the Liverpool linga, err...the famous Radio City Tower, also known as St. John's Beacon. It was built near the end of the sixties and is 138 metres tall. It used to house a revolving restaurant, but now it's mainly (boring) offices.
The statue on the left is part of the former Lewis's building on the corner of Ranelagh Street. The department store, with its founder aiming to improve life of the working classes, has its roots firlmy in the 19th century.
Most of the original building was destroyed during WW2 and the present day building (built in the 1950's) bizarrely boasts heroic statues which echo fascist imagery.
These days, however, after a new Lewis's opened in Liverpool's fancy Liverpool One district, the building is empty and awaits reconstruction, remodelling, etc. There's talk of an upmarket hotel and just more boring offices, I guess.
They say the working class is dead,
we're all consumers now.
They say that we have moved ahead,
we're all just people now.
- Robert Wyatt, "The Age of Self"
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rbassin (23385) 2013-10-31 4:45
une bonne prise de vue, contrastes intéressants entre la tour au soleil et la silhouette dans l'ombre en bas de la photo.
mjw364 (1398) 2013-10-31 4:53
If I had known you were over you could have borrowed my camera! I know this place very well - in fact I still have Radio City car stickers in a box somewhere from when I was a kid! You have created a great composition of this - well observed.
Power and erections - a very male thing such buildings I think.
As for the working class - apparently it's something to be a hero of them but we are still all f**king peasants as far as I can see.
adidas5nb (5743) 2013-10-31 19:18
lovely note.great idea and thinking.love the silhouettes and the color and the exposure.
dkmurphys (60653) 2013-11-01 7:25
Very artistic image, I like the minimalist result of this composition. Well done, enjoy a good weekend.
imageme (1790) 2013-11-29 18:27
Hi Benny, Excellent exposure of this tower. I like the silhouette of the statue which framed the tower so well. Wonderful composition and POV. Thank very much
macjake (69729) 2014-01-11 11:47
now thats a unique looking scene.
great that you had a lucky day with fine weather, I suppose it paid off in the end.
smart light, smart contrasts.