WILLIAM BLAKE

Auguries of Innocence
To see a world in a grain of sand / And heaven in a wildflower
Hold infinity in the palm of your hand / And eternity in an hour.

© 2019 by CRISTIAN STEFANESCU PHOTOGRAPHY.

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REVERSED

We have been taught about opposites or contrasts. A contrast creates the world we perceive. White needs to join black in order to be called light. White cannot be named without the understanding of the black. When I see red I know that my brain will automatically project on my retina a certain green so that we speak about the complementary contrast.

We use this premise as a fundamental base for understanding. When we name something as “negative” we keep in mind the meaning of “positive”. But I cannot stop wondering what really represents at a deeper level a “based on contrast” thinking or analysing? In photography the meaning of negative and positive remains outside of any scale of evaluation. Negative is just another way of perceiving beauty.

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The buildings presented in this photography series are:

  • 30 St Mary Axe, informally known as The Gherkin, is a commercial skyscraper in London's primary financial district, the City of London. It was completed in December 2003 and opened in April 2004. Architects: 30 St Mary Axe was designed by Norman Foster and Arup Group.

  • The Lloyd's Building (known also as the Inside-Out Building) is the home of the insurance institution Lloyd's of London. It is located on the former site of East India House in Lime Street, in London's main financial district, the City of London. The building is a leading example of radical Bowellism architecture in which the services for the building, such as ducts and lifts, are located on the exterior to maximise space in the interior. Twenty-five years after completion in 1986, the building received Grade I listing in 2011; it was the youngest structure ever to obtain this status.

  • The Willis Building is a commercial skyscraper in London named after the primary tenant, Willis Group. It is located on Lime Street in the City of London financial district. It stands opposite the Lloyd's building and is 125 meters (410 ft) tall, with 26 storeys. It features a "stepped" design, which was intended to resemble the shell of a crustacean, with setbacks rising at 97 m (318 ft) and 68 m (223 ft). Architect Norman Foster.

  • 22 Bishopsgate is a commercial skyscraper under construction in London. It occupies a prominent site on Bishopsgate, in the City of London financial district, and is set to stand 278 m (912 ft) tall with 62 storeys. The project replaces an earlier plan for a 288 m (945 ft) tower named The Pinnacle, on which construction was started in 2008 but suspended in 2012. Designed by PLP Architecture for AXA IM - Real Assets and Lipton Rogers Developments.

  • 122 Leadenhall Street, also known as the Leadenhall Building (known informally as The Cheesegrater), is a skyscraper in London that is 225 metres (738 ft) tall. It opened in July 2014. Architects: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners.

  • The Scalpel is a commercial skyscraper in London. It is located on Lime Street in the City of London financial area. Originally a nickname but subsequently designated as its official name, the term "Scalpel" was coined by the Financial Times due to the building's distinctive angular design and followed a trend of nicknaming new buildings based upon their shape, such as the nearby Leadenhall Building, also known as "The Cheesegrater". Completed in 2018, The Scalpel is 190 m (620 ft) tall, with 38 storeys. Architect: Kohn Pedersen Fox.

  • 20 Fenchurch Street (known informally as The Walkie-Talkie) is a commercial skyscraper in London that takes its name from its address on Fenchurch Street, in the historic City of London financial district. Construction was completed in spring 2014, and the three-floor 'sky garden' was opened in January 2015. The 38-story building is 160 m (525 ft) tall, making it the 12th tallest in greater London. Architect: Rafael Viñoly

  • The Shard, also referred to as the Shard of Glass, Shard London Bridge and formerly London Bridge Tower, is a 95-storey super-tall skyscraper. The Shard's construction was topped out on 30 March 2012 and inaugurated on 5 July 2012. Architect: Renzo Piano.

  • More London, also named London Bridge City, is a development on the south bank of the River Thames, immediately south-west of Tower Bridge in London. It includes the City Hall, a sunken amphitheatre called The Scoop, office blocks, shops, restaurants, cafes, and a pedestrianized area containing open-air sculptures and fountains lit by coloured lights. Architects: Foster and Partners.

  • City Hall (opened in July 2002) is the headquarters of the Greater London Authority (GLA), which comprises the Mayor of London and the London Assembly. It is located in Southwark, on the south bank of the River Thames near Tower Bridge. Architect: Norman Foster