ARCHIVE 576 – THEATRE! (MONO + COLOUR)

 

 


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The walls of the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, Devon; 2 Oct 2007.

This theatre in Ilfracombe is highly controversial architecturally.  Its Victorian predecessor caught fire and was demolished – only to be replaced by something bearing a strong resemblance to nothing other than power station cooling towers!  However, if you’re into modern design, photography, etc this is a real stunner.  As a photographer, I enjoy Ilfracombe’s cramped tattiness – so many interesting things to photograph, so wonderful for textural and abstract studies! – but even amidst all of these photo opportunities, this theatre stands quite apart, absolutely unique.

The backdrop here are the walls of the “cooling towers”, and in SEP2 I’ve piled on the contrast and structure, and left them as monochrome.  But I’ve re-introduced some of the green of the palm’s leaves, and vamped that up quite a bit too, so that the greens look sci-fi or artificial.  And then some dark vignetting and edge burning in SEP, to concentrate the viewer on the photo’s interior with its massive walls and patch of living greenery.

And that leaves the whole thing looking – artificial, alien, sci-fi, unworldly, other worldly, you name it!

May 2013: I’ve made a lot of use of SEP2‘s ability to selectively restore colour in black and white images – I think this was the first posted image that I tried this on.  The title means two things of course >>> this is a photo of a theatre, but the photo itself is also theatre.

Click onto the image to open a larger version in a separate window – recommended.

Technique: F6 with 70-300 Nikkor lens; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide film, rated at 1600 ISO; converted to mono, and re-coloured, in Silver Efex Pro 2.

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ARCHIVE 8 – THEATRE! (MONO + COLOUR)

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The walls of the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe, Devon; 2 Oct 2007.

This theatre in Ilfracombe is highly controversial architecturally.  Its Victorian predecessor caught fire and was demolished – only to be replaced by something bearing a strong resemblance to nothing other than power station cooling towers!  However, if you’re into modern design, photography, etc this is a real stunner.  As a photographer, I enjoy Ilfracombe’s cramped tattiness – so many interesting things to photograph, so wonderful for textural and abstract studies! – but even amidst all of these photo opportunities, this theatre stands quite apart, absolutely unique.

The backdrop here are the walls of the “cooling towers”, and in SEP2 I’ve piled on the contrast and structure, and left them as monochrome.  But I’ve re-introduced some of the green of the palm’s leaves, and vamped that up quite a bit too, so that the greens look sci-fi or artificial.  And then some dark vignetting and edge burning in SEP, to concentrate the viewer on the photo’s interior with its massive walls and patch of living greenery.

And that leaves the whole thing looking – artificial, alien, sci-fi, unworldly, other worldly, you name it!

May 2013: I’ve made a lot of use of SEP2‘s ability to selectively restore colour in black and white images – I think this was the first posted image that I tried this on.  The title means two things of course >>> this is a photo of a theatre, but the photo itself is also theatre.

Nikon F6 and 70mm-300m VR Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 1600 ISO; converted to mono, and re-coloured, in Silver Efex Pro 2.
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DEVON 6 – TREADING LIFE’S PATH AS THE WORLD CLOSES DOWN, WE REACH THE LAST PATCH OF GREEN (MONO + COLOUR)

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Treading Life’s path as the world closes down, we reach the last patch of green; 2 Oct 2007.

No, I haven’t been at the cider again, this is an idea that came to me as I thought about selectively re-colouring this photo.  The idea?  That we and all other forms on life are treading Life’s path, the path of all Life, as the poisoning of our planet reaches its end game.  The world is colourless and terminally darkening but, just before the path leads us into the total oblivion awaiting us at the low, dark cliff on the horizon, there is this last little patch of dull green, that reminds us of how things once were.

Fanciful?  It may well be – but what the hell!  And am I some ardent Green activist?  No, not really, this was just what came into my mind as I planted the Control Point by the path and produced this little patch of colour.  But I am a great lover of Nature, of all natural things.

These wonderful structures are part Ilfracombe’s Landmark Theatre, which I’ve photographed before-  see here , here  and here .

Nikon F6 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor at 24mm; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 1600 ISO; converted to mono, and selectively re-coloured, in Silver Efex Pro 2.
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DEVON 3 – LANDSCAPE AT THE LANDMARK THEATRE (MONO)

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Landscape at the Landmark Theatre, Ilfracombe; 2 Oct 2007.

I’ve already highlighted the striking architecture of the Ilfracombe’s Landmark Theatre here in the Devon 1 post .  Here is another picture from the theatre’s grounds.  There’s a grill in the foreground, probably protecting an open shaft, and its shape points across a lawn which has one of the theatre’s cooling tower-like cones rising on either side, to the angry sky beyond. 

Nikon F6 with 24mm-120mm VR Nikkor at 24mm; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide rated at 1600 ISO; converted to mono, and toned, using Silver Efex Pro 2.

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DEVON 1 – THE LANDMARK THEATRE, ILFRACOMBE – MONO AND COLOUR

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The walls of the Landmark Theatre in Ilfracombe; 2 Oct 2007.

This theatre in Ilfracombe is highly controversial architecturally.  Its Victorian predecessor caught fire and was demolished – only to be replaced by something bearing a strong resemblance to nothing other than power station cooling towers!  However, if you’re into modern design, photography, etc this is a real stunner.  As a photographer, I enjoy Ilfracombe’s cramped tattiness – so many interesting things to photograph, so wonderful for textural and abstract studies! – but even amidst all of these photo opportunities, this theatre stands quite apart, absolutely unique.

The backdrop here are the walls of the “cooling towers”, and in SEP2 I’ve piled on the contrast and structure, and left them as monochrome.  But I’ve re-introduced some of the green of the palm’s leaves, and vamped that up quite a bit too, so that the greens look sci-fi or artificial.  And then some dark vignetting and edge burning in SEP, to concentrate the viewer on the photo’s interior with its massive walls and patch of living greenery.

And that leaves the whole thing looking – artificial, alien, sci-fi, unworldly, other worldly, you name it!

Nikon F6 and 70mm-300m VR Nikkor; Fuji Provia 400X colour slide, rated at 1600 ISO; converted to mono, and re-coloured, in Silver Efex Pro 2.

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