Brimingham Central Library

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Comments (8)

Matthew Walters on July 22, 2007

Lovely 1970's architecture - this is the Central Library in Birmingham. The architect was John Madin.

Marilyn Whiteley on August 2, 2007

Intellectually I appreciate mono shots but often my eye craves colour. Not in this one! It's a beautifully composed, lean photo, and I find it very satisfying.

Matthew Walters on August 5, 2007

Thanks Marilyn. There probably isn´t much colour missing in this one. The building is fairly dull concrete - any colour would have been in the sky.

Who´d have thought this was a library?

T NL on October 23, 2007

Very nice photo! I really like your compositions!

Greets, T NL

© Carsten on November 25, 2007

Hi Matthew, again a cool composition. This works really good. I like it.



Matthew Walters on November 26, 2007

Thanks. Who would have expected such an ugly building to hold books for people to enjoy. It looks almost Orwellian to me, as though it should be the 'Ministry for Books' rather than a public library.

Row 17 on August 22, 2011

Nice one Matthew. This is a picture for the history books as I believe the building is to be demolished in the next couple of years to make way for - now wait for it - a tall office block. Incidentally I've an almost identical photo to this one on Flickr (my only picture on Flickr). Having said that I think yours is more direct and dynamic and does not suffer from colourful distractions.

Matthew Walters on August 22, 2011

Thanks, glad you like it. I've been following the developments of the new library, for a while there some people were hoping to get the old library listed. Not sure that another office block is the way to go though, I think there's a fair amount of empty space in the middle of Brum at the moment.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 22, 2007
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Matthew Walters
    • Taken on 2007/07/22 07:29:52
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 78.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash