I’m no expert at photographing buildings. In fact, I’m no expert at taking photographs of anything. However, it doesn’t spoil the enjoyment I get from taking photos of them. Just like humans, they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are well kept, others are decaying while some are just plain beautiful. Morning, noon or night, each building has a unique personality that can shine and make it stand out from the others.
The building above, The Equipoint Building in Yardley, Birmingham stands tall above a busy road junction. It used to be full, packed with busy office workers back in the day. Although it’s not empty now, the sad fact remains there are more empty offices than full!
The shape of it follows the curve of the road. S shaped which makes it different from the usual tower type office blocks. I’ve edited this photograph in Photoshop to make the perspective look right. Otherwise, the building looks as though it’s leaning back. Don’t forget, I only use my little Canon G7X camera, not full tilt and shift.
Standing almost directly opposite The Equipoint Building is a high rise block of flats known as Bakeman House. Built around the late 1960s, it has ten floors of individual living accommodation. Recently refurbished, the outside was painted and the metal panels on the balcony’s decorated that gave the building a Mediterranean look about it.
The design is a straight up and down rectangle, unlike the fancy s-shape of its neighbour. My Granny used to live on the 8th floor back in the early 70’s. I remember looking towards the city with an unspoilt view, long before The Equipoint Building was erected.
Once again, I’ve edited the photograph in Photoshop to stop the block of flats appearing as though they are leaning back. I shall have to make a point of taking photos of both buildings either at dusk or night. The light that emanates from them is very interesting, particularly Bakeman House. It has some sort of purple light that reflects off the top of it.
If you’re interested in photographing buildings, here’s a great webpage with top advice.