New Library (Birmingham return 3 of 9)

Posted by Doug (Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom) on 30 July 2014 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

This is the part of the exterior of the new Birmingham City Library, it was designed after a competion to find the best design and was won in 2008 by Mecanoo and multi-discipline engineers, Buro Happold. It was formally opened on 3 September 2013 by Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who survived a Taliban assassination attempt, and who now lives in Birmingham. Before unveiling a plaque, she said "Let us not forget that even one book, one pen, one teacher can change the world"

This series consists of observations from my recent visit to my home City of Birmingham, a place I had not returned to really spend time looking around for over 40 years. The next few days will be my photographic experience of the city through older eyes, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did looking round and taking images.


I try to post an image every day and do my best to comment on others, although sometimes have difficulty posting comments on peoples blogs at the weekend because of spending time with my family. Thanks for your comments I'm really grateful for them and welcome constructive feedback

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

great work

30 Jul 2014 7:03am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very niec shot!
such beautiful angle, composition, lighting, shadows & graphics!
A M A Z I N G !!!

30 Jul 2014 7:07am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

Love the light.. beautiful shot and processing.

30 Jul 2014 7:35am

Ben from Rennes, France

Superbe orientation avec ce trait de lumière au milieu!

30 Jul 2014 8:12am

Phil Morris from Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada

Superb angle and opportune lighting are some of the highlights of this photo, it looks
to be on the cutting edge of the future, beautiful !~

30 Jul 2014 8:17am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Wow. Excellent dramatic viewpoint and treatment Doug

30 Jul 2014 10:10am

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

Well this one is absolutely spectacular, Doug..Just a magnificent pov with the band of sunlight coming right into the frame and reflecting on the sides. The building itself is fantastic but your choice of tones and angle and positioning of your self is masterful. I absolutely love this one sir! All the very best kind sir :-)

30 Jul 2014 10:11am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Stunning! I love it! Excellent POV! Best, Adela

30 Jul 2014 10:38am

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

Love this light on these geometric shapes

30 Jul 2014 10:43am

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful framing ,ligt and superb B&W!

30 Jul 2014 10:57am

Toscana from Baden, France

I do not know Birmingham, so I shall have a particfular look to your series.
I like a lot this one, very graphic !
Thanks for your explain also.
Bonne journée, amitiés, Catherine

30 Jul 2014 11:04am

Martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Superbe compo!ç! j'aime beaucoup la composition!!!! très beau B&W

30 Jul 2014 1:46pm

Don from United States

A fine angle for this excellent image of the new Library. I like the innovative design.

30 Jul 2014 2:51pm

Lena from San Francisco, United States

Great angle, nice framing.

30 Jul 2014 3:21pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

The angle, light and mono combine superbly.

30 Jul 2014 7:10pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Magnificent in B&W - the angle is superb. I love these patterns

30 Jul 2014 8:08pm


Canon EOS 60D
1/1250 second
ISO 200
18 mm


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