The Deck – Week 23

Power Struggle
A Power Struggle, and City Hall is losing

I’ve uploaded my image for the 2010 Deck collection on the site.  It seems I’ve been in a monochrome rut for the last few weeks.  It’s actually interesting this time, since I usually only make monochromatic shots for a few reasons;

  • I initially look at the scene and believe from the start that it will look good as either black and white or sepia
  • The sky was blanket grey and made an otherwise lovely scene look drab – I’m a sucker for a blue sky.
  • The post process intention was to give the image an older look

In this image, I actually got a lovely blue sky with those white clouds encroaching, something about the decaying building bothered me and I decided after some contemplation to render this in monochrome.  I am mostly a fan of “whole buildings” but occasionally I like the partials 🙂

For the post-processing details, I did a bit of distortion correction and then did the monochrome editing in Nik Silver Effects.

This post is also going to be the first post where I do a bit of social commentary, in this case, specifically brought about by my photos of City Hall yesterday.

It is shameful that such a beautiful building, with so much history can be allowed to deteriorate like this, pieces are literally falling off.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I pay my taxes, and I would expect certain things in return.  I expect them to clean the drains REGULARLY, I’ve only seen them in our area once since I moved in more than two years ago, I even expect them to maintain the parapets, you know, weeding etc., again, never saw them, and I expect them to maintain City Hall!  even if it was a crappy building, they should do it, but because it is such beautiful architecture, it is not only a good idea to keep the building that houses the governing body of the city in good repair, it is also their social responsibility to ensure that this piece of history is maintained and not become a part of history, relegated to photographs and memories.

Sadly, it may come to the point that restoration may not be an option and the building will probably be replaced by some concrete box with little or no character.  From a photography standpoint, that would be disastrous  🙂