Both occasions I visited New York with my old College we took a trip to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on the Upper East Side of New York City. The first time in 2005 was interesting and the building looks fantastic but the exhibits where slightly disappointing on both occasions . The photograph above was taken from the ground floor, just inside the entrance. The viewing gallery forms a gentle spiral from the ground level up to the top of the building, which can be seen around the edges of this picture. I struggled to like this picture, its very grainy and didn’t look very good in colour or black and white. In the end I used Photoshop to covert the original file to Black and White and then erased the center of the glass ceiling to bring back a touch of blue. Apart from the grain or noise produced by the low light, high ISO, compact camera situation I like this photograph, mainly for it’s interesting composition.
Last Saturday my Uncle and his family came up to visit me from Reading and wanted to look around the city of Manchester. Whilst finding somewhere to eat it was suggested that we went to the cafe within the Royal Exchange. This is a large Victorian building which was traditionally used for cotton trading up until 1968. I had walked past many times but never actually gone inside. The photograph above shows the inside of the colourful dome, but the most interesting part for me is the theatre itself. Just below the view on the picture is a seven sided steel and glass module at squats in the main hall of the building and looks like a space ship. Inside is the round theatre with seating for about 400 people. Even though there was light shining through this large glass dome it was still very dark in terms of photography so I will have to go back with a tripod and a wide angle lens, to get some images of the actual theatre itself. It definitely wasn’t what I had expected and is worth a visit to anyone who hasn’t seen it before.