Urbis - The Dark Sky Series

Robin Whalley

Oldham, United Kingdom

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Urbis is a contemporary glass and steel building in the heart of Manchester. It was once home to an icon art gallery but has recently closed its doors and is destined to become the National Football Museum. Ever since I first saw the building at the turn of the millennium I was absolutely fascinated by its colours and curves. Small changes in light can transform this structure and cause it literally jumps out at you.

I have photographed this iconic building many times but have never felt the results matched my inspiration until now. This is one of my Dark Sky Series of images which allow you to appreciate the building in isolation whilst holding your vision. I hope you enjoy this image; it’s one of my favourites.

This work is part of my Dark Sky Series where I seek to use a cinematic approach to isolate my subject, similar to that sometimes used by portrait photographers to throw part of their subject into shadow. We are surrounded by many beautiful buildings which few people have actually “seen” with the exception of the architect who first envisaged them. Our skylines have become so crowded with buildings, each jostling for attention that the original design has become somehow lost. By isolating my subject I hope to capture at least some of the vision the original designer had intended us to see.

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