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The path of a decent groove - Liège Guillemins (2)

Gare Liège Guillemins designed by Santiago Calatrava.

#2 of a mini-series (triptych) of this famous station. Both celebrating the elegant line play and the spectacular engineering ánd investigating things like the handling of the context and his organic metaphors.

This shot is about the metaphors. Calatrava is inspired by biological forms. The Turning Torse highrise takes its que from by a turning human body and his Estacão do Oriente is inspired by the skeleton of a whale. I didn’t know that when I visited this fascinating station for the first time – the association I had then was a spaceship ;-) Check out Calatrava goes Ridley Scott for this.

Displayed here is the elegant concrete support structure (slanted and curved beams) in the bottom level of the station. So even in this underpass Calatrava's play with light and geometric sculptural forms can be enjoyed. It made me think of the gill slits of a shark. I had never seen concrete sculpted in such a elegant and rhythmic , ah yes groovy, way. Even not in the work of Oscar Niemeyer .

About the title: The path of a decent groove is an album of Tony Joe White (IMS, 1993). Checkout Return to Muscle Shoals a track from this fab album.

Have a great weekend, y'all.

The Photoshop work stream: I corrected the perspective and the slight lens distortionaltered the saturation, contrast, curves and levels for the whole pic and some elements separately, using different layers, blended the layers, converted to b/w using gradient mapping and differentially tweaking the contrast, USM-ed, added the signature frame, resized and enhanced the edges and did a gentle USM (0,4px, 17%).

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Additional Photos by Bert Hoetmer (bertolucci) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1932 W: 118 N: 4376] (14180)
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