Straight Justice in Brussels by billyboy

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This is the horizontal version of Justice For All , taken to the right with the stairway central to the comp.

The Palais de Justice in Brussels is one of the largest, and certainly one of the most imposing buildings in western Europe. It’s where the courtrooms are, and if you ever have the guts to venture in without having done something bad enough to get you in for free, you’ll finally understand what Kafka was on about in “The Trial”.

I took this years ago on Ilford Delta 400 speed BW film on my Canon EOS 100. Having used a wide angle (24mm which is the equivalent of about 16mm on a digicam with an APS sized sensor), the angles were severe and that bothered me enough to not post it:

But I got back to it and did some stuff in CS3 which straightened the lines and also corrected some of the dynamic… maybe I’ll go back and shoot it in HDR…
But I’m not too keen on going back in that place.
Had a bit of a scare there once…
Lucky to be a free man as it happens…

Thanx for lookin!


  • robpixaday
    robpixadayalmost 4 years ago


  • Cheers Robin, and many thanx for the fave!

    – billyboy

  • Dawn M. Becker
    Dawn M. Beckeralmost 4 years ago

    What an awesome capture billy…awesome in B&W…well done dear!!! :o)

  • Hiya Dawn!
    Thanks for the awesomes, and for faving…
    and for the big nose smile :O))

    – billyboy

  • Stuart Chapman
    Stuart Chapmanalmost 4 years ago

    Once again BB you manage to push the pixels of my screen to the very limit, making the little eletronical wizadry work its hardest (and it should do for the money I paid).

    I can’t begin to imagine what it must feel like being the defendant in such a building, probably have you screaming guilty even if innocent just to get out of the intimidating environment. (But do I judge otherwise by your sign off comment?)

    The place is brimming in grandeur, evident as the statues and architecture pick up the light and contrast them with the shadows showing such depth and detail which just makes everyone state “Well, they don’t make them like that anymore!”

    The straightening has worked well, the linear regularity here keeps a mathematical mind like mine very hapy, pristine lines, exact measurements yet paraded with an air of spleandour that removes the clinicalness of the design

  • Stuart, this place is SO mathematical… kinda cool you mentioned that cause I sort of got the same thing going on myself. The complexity lies in the fact that although eveyrthing appears symmetrical, it’s actually not in so many areas where they had to acommodate passageways and the architect’s apparent craving of complexity for no apparent reason.
    Which is why I was so bent on getting everything straight as well as making sure most of those pristine lines actually showed up on the final version… to the extent of even cloning areas on the right and flipping them to the left where the contrast was too high.
    Is this cheating?
    Who cares. It looks as mathematical as I needed it to look and if that makes your mind happy I’ll cheat as much as I have to.
    AND it’s no more cheating than cloning out a telephone cable that’s draped across a landscape, yeah?

    OK mate, I’ll quit while I’m ahead. Your input is essential to my sanity these days. And yeah this place is MASSIVE intimidation and I’m sure it was built with exactly that in mind.
    Having said that, I suffered no permanent damage from my experience. Excpet that my hair is now white. And spikey.
    Cheers for the fave too!!

    – billyboy

    BIRGlTTAalmost 4 years ago

    Being the “line-junkie” that I am, my eye goes nuts looking at all of this! (Does Escher come to mind when you see this?) I immediately think of my man, Escher. :) I’m fascinated by your straightening process. Looks like a lot of work went into it! I think you did a fine job with it but have to say that I’m loving the one on the right too. (I have a serious love for wide angle.) Either way, it’s a heck of a shot! I might even be a little jealous..heheh..

  • Wow, yer a line junkie too?? You also got the math thing goin on??
    Escher probably had a hand at designing this place cause he was as nutz as the madman who signed the blue prints. This building is a planet of asymmetric symmetry as I said to Stuart, and that’s what makes it so compelling to visit. Like so much of the art nouveau and deco in Brussels, its charm lies in the bits that are totally frivolous and done without any fukkin reason other than to blow you away.

    The straightening process was just stretching and pulling cause I don’t use automated programs for stuff like that. So it’s cool you’re fascinated cause I was too… till my eyes just gave out at about 2:00 AM!!

    Thanks yet again for comin in here and smearin yer lipstick over my stuff… and for faving this… and even for saying you might even be jealous. That’s stoopid, but it’s kind of a cool thing to say :-))

    – billyboy

  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkialmost 4 years ago

    You have done an awsome job here billy with straightening the lines and in presenting it in mono does this place justice.
    Was this scanned from a print or negative ?

  • Hans, YOU have done enough awesome jobs to be able to say someone’s done an awesome job so I will absolutely take that as a total awesome compliment!!

    I scanned it from the neg with a Canon FS 2710 negative scanner which works amazingly well. I do this because the printing of my BW work was never my own, and so it was subjected to the printer’s own carft and artistry. So to totally call an image my own, I need to scan the negs. Which probably works out more accurate anyway.
    Thanks so much for the support Hans!

    – billyboy

  • Marion  Cullen
    Marion Cullenalmost 4 years ago

    There’s just something about great lines and symmetry that makes the soul feel in sync. I love the harmony here Billy.

  • I know just how you feel Marion. My soul feels relatively in sync now that I posted this, and I’m not even kidding!

    Thanks so much for loving whatever harmony this has induced, and I’m hoping it’s contageous!
    And cheers for the fave!!

    – billyboy

  • lacitrouille
    lacitrouillealmost 4 years ago

    Wonderful architecture. I love the tones and perspective. :)

  • Yeah, there’s not much architecture out there that floats my boat more than this stuff.
    The tones… kinda cool you mention the tones. I thought maybe a bit more contrast, but the more I boosted the contrast, the less detail you could see. So I even went so far as to layer it with a blurred layer over the top at very low opacity… erasing it in arfeas where it didn’t do much good, and this actually helped bring out some of the detail in the deep shadows and slightly blown out highlights…
    Well, you DID mention the tones…:-)
    Thanks for faving!!

    – billyboy

  • TextureoftheSin
    TextureoftheSinalmost 4 years ago

    Beauitful classical work Billy!

  • TotS, I don’t think you realize how much I appreciate your support of my stuff.
    Thank you SO much for beautifully classicing this :-)))

    – billyboy

  • Bobby Dar
    Bobby Daralmost 4 years ago


  • Cheers Bobby, thanks for stopping in!

    – billyboy

  • Robyn Lakeman
    Robyn Lakemanalmost 4 years ago

    Don’t you just love perspective correction software :) Mind you I like both versions, they are both strong images

  • Hiya Robyn!!
    I probably WOULD love it if I had it :-)
    In fact I used the distort and warp tools in CS3 and did it by hand. Painstakingly pulling and stretching where necessary and it`s probably not perfect… but I never was one for doing things the easy way.
    Thanks so much for passing by and diggin the strength!

    – billyboy

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