Split Pediment

The musings of a Brighton-based architecture dweeb and town planner in training.

Category: Photography

Technicalities

Hi both, hope you’re well. I’m afraid this post won’t be all that interesting. Mainly it will concern the uploading and display of a few test photos from my new camera. Yes, that’s right – for anyone living in the wilds of Patagonia these past few days, I’ve splashed significantly out on a just-fancy-enough Olympus Pen EP-1. There are those that say it’s just a fancy point-and-shoot, and those that claim that it’s style over substance. Well, that’s nice. I say that it makes me feel like I just might one day take a really nice photo, without the use of an app and a “smart” phone.

Anyways, I’m now going to try to load some pictures to see whether they’re way too big and that sort of thing.

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Surprised you there, didn’t I?

Alright, ALRIGHT already!! I’m coming back. I’m getting weary of your haranguing and boiled teddy bears in the post and the endless cajoling of the mindless public, the salacious rumours of my whereabouts, the gossip over whether or not I might have begun studying something called – with droll irony – “planning”, the pots of Farrow & Ball paint tipped calmly through my letterbox (I’m fairly sure it was “setting plaster” but it might have been “dead salmon”. The light in my hallway isn’t best), the beastly scribblings on the wall of my favourite cubicle in Hove Town Hall (yes, I KNOW I don’t work there anymore, but the glam drabness of the place gets me every time. And it’s on the way home, so…), the inane chatter of the drug-addled classes clamouring for my take on revolution in the Arab world, the student revolt, the sneering, dripping hatred of our charmless, simple-minded political masters and the state of pediments (YES!) – split and otherwise – in the climate of proto-dystopian wilderness that is our built environment. ALL THIS AND PROBABLY LESS will come your way. Soon. Ish. You people. Why I oughtta…

 

Hugs and kisses.

That was the year that was

Hello once again dear readers both; and the heartiest of greetings for this, the final post of the year. Nay! The Decade! I realise that I have, to my chagrin, not been nearly as committal to this blog in 2009 as I might like to have been. But there we are. Not that I’ve been moonlighting elsewhere, just that the pictures and words have not been so easy to pull together in marvellous mêlée of meaningful monographs. So, for the new year I offer vague promises to write up past visits to such glamorous places as Portslade, Chichester, Bexhill, Lewes Road and Lewes itself (possibly). I also have posts lined up on Mansion Flats and – ambitious, this – the invisibility cloak as architectural bunkum. How d’you like them apples? And you might even get the long-awaited-two-years-in-the-making post on Hawksmoor. Trust me, it’ll be really, really boring.

To keep you going, I’ve trawled my photoalbum for photos that might otherwise not make it onto the blog or, in other words, pictures of buildings that I have taken but that I have nothing to comment on particularly other than to say, “well, that’s nice!” Which is something I intend to do more of on here as well.

The very whooshy Grand Parade Annex of the University of Brighton, 1967 by Percy Billington. At night. Obv:

The Royal Pavilion (1815-22, John Nash) in the snow:

The monumental, almost post-modern, split pediment above the entrance to Southwark Town Hall, 1934:

Big Onofrio’s Fountain, Dubrovnik (Onofrio della Cava, 1438) from on top:

And this, from somewhere in the depths of downtown Manhattan:

So all that remains is to wish you (both) a very happy 2010. May the buildings be better and the photos not so blurry. Happy New Year!

Manhattan in Words & Pictures

Hey everyone,

So this is really just me spreading an advert over the interweb. Yeah, yeah, I’m a shmuck. But it’ll put a smile on your face, particularly if you happen to be as enamoured of Manhattan as me and Nurse Kimber the Red.

Click here to view, the link to the vid is at the top right of the screen. It takes a while to load but it’s very clever.

And whilst we’re on the subject of New York and advertising, I thought you might like to see this picture here. I took this while strolling along the High Line with my aunt. I’d been fiddling around with my NY photos in HP Photosmart Premier (I’m waaaaay too cheap for photoshop) as some were a bit overexposed and I played around with this one too. I flatter myself (a not uncommon occurrence) to say that I think it looks like a classy 60s advert.

RM in NYC Aug 09 028_1

UPDATE: Etiquette, McNicol, etiquette! I, of course, should and do now tip my hat to the excellent Mister Aegir Hallmundur of the MoT.