The New Architecture of Libraries and Bookshops, Pt. 2

Libraries and bookstores are, or should be, temples to books and the art of reading and in that role they should be places that people want to visit. As mentioned in part 1 of this article, there have been a surprising number of fantastic looking bookstores and libraries that have sprung up over the last few years which I would imagine have become architectural and retail destinations.

I explored a number of reasons for this return to the book in the previous article (The New Architecture of Libraries and Bookshops, Pt. 1), so I will move straight on to the buildings themselves. Most of these images come from the ever-interesting design website ‘designboom‘ and if you click on the titles you’ll link through to the original articles if you’d like to find out more information.

Zhongshuge Bookstore, Yintai Center, Chengdu, China

Wuguan Books, Dayi Warehouse Cluster, Kaohsiung City, China

Library of Birmingham, England

Telegraph Poles

Locks Ash, West Sussex, EnglandI took this photo a few years ago, and I’m not quite sure why I like it so much.

We were out on a walk somewhere near Locks Ash in West Sussex when I stood on tiptoes and saw these telegraph poles receding over the horizon.  In many respects it’s a photograph of empty space, but it is an emptiness framed by the poles.  It set me looking for interesting emptiness – but for some reason, interesting or photogenic emptiness, is quite elusive…

Here’s a link to the photo on my Flickr page – here!

Ice on Fleet Pond

With a heatwave sweeping the country over the past couple of weeks, I thought I’d post an icy photograph in an attempt to cool us all down a little.  It has already been the longest heatwave in the past seven years, possibly peaking today at 33 degrees Centigrade (91F) in parts of the U.K. (although it may reach 35C tomorrow!).  Apparently the sunshine will come to an end either tomorrow or the day after, with ‘thundery showers developing’, but it will continue to feel hot and humid (30C).

Weather forecast over – here’s the photo:-

Ice On Fleet Pond

I took Ice On Fleet Pond (Hampshire, England) a few years ago – then with a little post-processing I managed to bring out the fantastic, vivid blue colour, which was not evident in the original photograph.  It is surprising how a little bit of tweaking can transform an otherwise indifferent image into something quite punchy.  It makes you wonder whether any of the photo’s that stand out are left untouched and are simply what was taken by the camera…