Did you ever what was behind a door? A nice home? Adventure? Horrors? The Pac Man ghost graffiti drew my eye to this doorway in Nancy, France. Then I noticed the colors, which to me seemed to not fit in with the building as a whole. The colors are worn in a way that almost looks as if it were intended. The graffiti looks as if it belongs there. I assume that the graffiti is just random. But what if it means something? Is Pac Man behind this door?
I remember seeing sketches of the Turning Torso on a skyscraper blog when construction started in 2001. The unique design and claim as tallest building in Scandinavia generated a lot of interest. So when I travelled to Malmö, Sweden, this tower was on the top of my sightseeing list. The building was completed in 2005 and is 190 m / 623 ft tall. Many buildings are given artsy or inspiring names, but this one really fits. The building looks almost as if it is in motion, or stretching.
To wrap up Theme Week: Shapes I dug back deep into my archives. This is a picture of the Arch in St. Louis, MO. This was a highlight of the trip and seeing the “Gateway to the West” was a special moment for me, as it was the first time I had ever been West of the Mississippi (or even at the Mississippi River for that matter).
I like the architecture of the Bauhaus school. It is known for its simplicity and lines and was a major influence on the modernist architecture movement. I think it also appealed to me because I find the literature of the Weimar period in Germany fascinating and this movement coincided with that time period. I chose this shot because I like the lines and the orderly disorder the open windows bring to the picture. Wonderful shapes here.
I am not a fan of the architecture of the 1960’s and 70’s, in particular brutalism. That said, I do enjoy photographing it. The lines and stark shapes make for some excellent photos. This is a photo of the roof of the Staatstheater in Darmstadt, Germany. It opened in 1972, as the original building was destroyed in 1945. The architect won a national prize for the building. My only comment about it is that it looks very dated. But fun to photograph.