Buildings at Funny Angles – Millennium Point Car Park, Birmingham

In my irregular series of ‘Buildings at Funny Angles’…
…(see previous posts at; Part 1 ‘The Cube’, Part 2 ‘Citrus Offices’ and Part 3 ‘The Mailbox’) I’ve pointed a camera at a building in a funny way to capture some singular aspect of it.

One of Birmingham’s currently expanding areas is around Eastside and Millennium Point, and with the need for land to be cleared and an expectation of higher future traffic levels, the science park has recently had constructed a new multi-storey car park. Apologies to the architects if they’re reading this but the structure is a dog.

Millennium Point Car Park, Birmingham

Nikon D700 'FX', Nikkor 70-200mm F2.8G AF-S VRII @ 200mm, Exposure 1/400 @ F10, ISO 200, Grabbed this shot whilst Mrs ND and I were looking for locations. I wanted to get as close in as possible to this surface as I could, however in order to alter the angle to convert 'looking up at it' into 'looking along at it' then I had to stand back some distance hence the 200mm. Ideally I would have preferred to go back a bit further but wasn't carrying my 70-300mm lens at the time. F10 was to cover the Field of View, and ISO 200 is the recommended base setting for the D700. 1/400 is what metered out on this fairly bright day.

Honestly, there’s nothing classic or attractive about it in any way whatsoever. As Prince Charles would say ‘What a carbuncle’.

Birmingham seems to be amassing new structures clad with regular geometric metal shapes. Almost a decade ago 15,000 silver discs were uniformly wrapped around the new Selfridges building, and just last year the Tetris-like clad Cube behind the Mailbox was completed as a cathedral to fans of the little block game from 1989. The new Library of Birmingham with its interlinked metal rings is currently being constructed and you can already get a flavour of how it will grace our city on completion in 2013. I guess it would be innevitable then that more such buildings would appear, and this otherwise low-key car park was an unexpected addition to the geometry fashion.

This picture doesn’t even do the building justice as there are some particularly ugly blue boxes that also stick out of it, but I wished to avoid those as they distracted from the metal sheened texture I was aiming for.

When the nearby park is finished the car park will spoil part of the ‘view’, but at least the planners had the sense to hide it behind Millennium Point so that the prospective tourists and business people that may one day use the HS2 line that is planned to end in the park won’t be affronted by it as soon as they’re on foot and heading for the city centre itself.

Have fun,
ND

(c) Nakedigit 2011

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About nakedigit

I have legs and a camera. I also occasionally use a passport. The camera with my brightest lenses can almost (almost) see in the dark. So the only thing stopping me from putting it all together regardless of where and when i am is, well, me really! However, when i don't completely muck it up the results may end up here on this blog and also my Flickr page. I now Twitter and a website is coming... ND August 2010
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2 Responses to Buildings at Funny Angles – Millennium Point Car Park, Birmingham

  1. firasz says:

    Thats a beautiful abstract photo!

  2. nakedigit says:

    Thank you Firasz, I liked how it turned out, but it’s all I can think of to do with that building, so we just have to put up with the plug-ugly construction now!

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