Friday, March 27, 2009

Steel Lookout

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This is a truly remarkable piece of modern engineering and architecture, fusing the requirement for the practical with an amazing aesthetic. It's the control tower overlooking Portsmouth Harbour, a few hundred yards from the railway station and the Historic Portsmouth Naval Dockyard. Officially named Spinnaker Tower, it stands 170 meters tall, located at Gunwharf Quays, and is an icon visible for miles around. The aesthetic design mimicks the mast and spinnaker of a racing yacht, a maritime thing for a maritime city. This frame was taken on a grey evening in December, 2006, one of several trying to frame the gigantic structure in some meaingful way as the light failed. This shot, a high telephoto range close-in on the upperworks, captured the control decks high on the mast, and the burn-in of the lights tells you how late in the evening it was. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic. Image by Mike.

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