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I de-perspective-warped this [link] shot for use in the front cover of a CD I made for a friend, and was pleased with the result (never did care for the converging vertical lines in the original) so decided to submit this updated version. This remake also benefits from my recently improved attention to post-processing in photoshop, thanks mainly to helpful comments from earther.

Council flats at Chelsea, London, July 2002
Canon EOS 300, Fuji Neopan 1600, lab, scanned neg
perspective convergence corrected in photoshop
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booinc Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2002
if you look at it closely....it looks like the buildings want to hug each other....:-) (Smile) ....great shot! Thumbs Up
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movie-wizard Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2002   Photographer
Awesome work!

I tried to take something like this a couple of days ago. It dident turn out anything like this though. (Movie Wizard needs a better camera)
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misteriddles Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2002   Photographer
My best friend is a label manager for an Australian record comapny -- his company distrubutes Six Degrees here, so I get lots of Karsh Kale for free. As you know, I like Laswell, but probably didn't know I like The Swans ("You Cannot Touch Me Now"). I like Laswell's work with Jah Wobble (I love Asana), and also his Miles Davis and Funkadelic reworkings. You have an 'intelligent' taste in music, good sir.
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ash Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2002
Try thinking of the image as an isometric drawing. From that point of view the correction is practically perfect because the vertical lines are all parallel with the sides of the frame (or near as damn it) (and that's precisely the effect I wanted). I doubt that leaving in a token amount of convergence would gain me much, rather I would just lose the isometric effect. I gather some people find it visually disturbing; I expect it's just a matter of expectations, although certainly if that's how they see it then that's how they see it.

Unrelatedly, I'm often surprised by how my perception of buildings like this clearly differs from those of most other people. On the one hand I think this particular building is genuinely a beautiful shape in a perverse way, and I would gladly live there (in fact, a one bedroom flat in this block sells for around 150k, suggesting some other people feel the same, although the fact that they're right on the river in Chelsea might also help account for that). And on the other hand this sort of urban decay stuff has become attractive to me over time. It's got a lot more character than a lot of the faceless modern stuff people aspire to, and in some ways the decay reflects the true (or at least, un-madeup) face of London, being the side that's by definition not the product of conscious contemporary design and marketing.
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redux Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2002  Hobbyist Photographer
love the strict geometry, only broken by the occasional satellite dish, aerial, and curtain...almost like a desperate attempt by the inhabitants to show some individuality in this faceless setting.
i think you overdid the perspective correction ever so slightly, though...
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narang99 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2002
hmm havent heard one of those songs!!! One of my cool friends, dose some djing, he's got a little site @
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He mixes jazz & Funk toghter. he's a cool guy, i hope you got my e-mail, i just cropped it, and left space on the wright ot put the text, I think the image will work quite well,
he he, fame, what a sweet thing that is....
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ash Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2002
Grim yes, but at the same time beautiful, to me at least. The CD is just a compilation I made for a friend, so fame will probably elude me for a little while longer :) (Smile) The title is indeed a Burroughs reference. Here's the tracklisting:

guillermo e brown - electro.prayer.1
material and william burroughs - soul killer (remote control mix)
skin - cold bed
bill laswell - into the void
bill laswell - kingdom come
tabla beat science - magnetic
sacred system - purana
tabla beat science - biotech

The Material/Burroughs track is from a CD called The Road to the Western Lands, which features Laswell reworkings of tracks constructed around Burroughs reading from The Road to the Western Lands. Skin is a sideproject of new york experimental group Swans featuring Michael Gira and Jarboe. Tabla Beat Science is another Laswell project featuring Talvin Singh, Trilok Gurtu, Karsh Kale and others. Sacred System is yet another Laswell project (I suspect actually it's the name of the album, the artist is probably Bill Laswell and Graham Haynes). So the CD is pretty much almost entirely Laswell-related. Ironically there is even a Swans album (Burning World) which was produced by Laswell, and has a typically Laswell sound to it with Laswell on bass, Nicky Skopelitis on baglama and bazouki and Trilok Gurtu on Tablas. So the Skin connection fits in there. The Skin track is originally from an album called Shame, Humility and Revenge, which is a fine collection of droning, shimmering, heat-crazed dirges very much in the theme of this CD.

The choice of this photo as the coverart is a sort of fanciful allusion to the architecture of the imaged Interzone, something like Fez or Tangiers but more hallucinatory and maddening. A warren of interconnected buildings at crazy angles. Imagining London as a hallucinatory Interzone, just as Interzone was itself a hallucinatory city.
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narang99 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2002
oh i hope you dont mind, i just download the jpeg, and did a little somthing to it, u wanna me to e-mail it to u?
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narang99 Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2002
man, tsk tsk, why must you keep submiting good stuff!!!! I love the contrast, cant fdind anything to complain about here,Hey lucky! it's going on a cd cover?! sweet,for what type of music,you gonna be famous!!!!!!!
ha ha, very good
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complex-a Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2002
Forgot to vote!
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complex-a Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2002
Nice... The small details in the bricks and general repetition go well together.

Funny you mentioned the perspective adjustment, actually... That was one of the first things I noticed, looking at the thumbnail. It almost looks like you might have over-corrected, but it's hard to tell. I think my eyes are just used to seeing converging lines when looking at something from below like this, so a corrected perspective confuses them. Or something like that, anyway. ;) (Wink)
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misteriddles Featured By Owner Oct 12, 2002   Photographer
Grim, though not as bad as some. I spose if I was to lkive in a council block, Chelsea would be better than many. I used to live around the coirner froim teh Phipps Bridge estate, which I still see used oln the Bill whenever the "Jasmine Allen" estate makes an appearance.

Interzone ... A Burroughs reference?
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