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This used to be a cinema, the Empire, and for as long as I can remember it’s been used for other things. I have a dim recollection of once seeing a film there, but I think I’m probably confusing it with another of the many cinemas that closed down during the last twenty years or so. Our town isn’t large – about 125K inhabitants – but twenty or thirty years ago there were at least ten cinemas. Now we have one big mulitplex and a couple of much smaller cinemas in surrounding villages. And while a ten screen UCI might be considered progress I don’t think it has any of the character of the many Victorian movie houses that have all but vanished from our towns and cities.

As for this shot: I’m not entirely happy with it. It’s quite striking, but I couldn’t get far enough away from the front of the building to get the angle I wanted. I was aiming for a more square-on shot; i.e. less of a size difference between 'Empire' and 'Cybernet'. That said, I guess the enforced perspective echoes the enforced replacement of the old by the new so it may well be more effective this way.

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comment by Houser at 01:01 PM (GMT) on 14 April, 2004

Yeah, I really like the contrast between the new and the old. Also the saavy of technology (implied) with the crudeness of the arrows in the windows. Good shot, bud.

comment by Em at 08:16 PM (GMT) on 14 April, 2004

This photo is clear and has a nice blue sky. Although it has some bright colours it does feel quite daunting.

comment by LWilkins at 09:31 PM (GMT) on 14 April, 2004

Good Color. I enjoy the small bit of shadows.

comment by Zero at 10:27 PM (GMT) on 14 April, 2004

This photo reminded me to look up more often. I tend to look at eye-level or below for subject matter to shoot. Looking up opens up a whole new realm of opportunities. Thanks for the reminder. :)

comment by bob at 02:24 AM (GMT) on 15 April, 2004

I'm drawn to the windows and arrows.... not sure why ... The touch of blue sky really sets this photo off nicely....

comment by stef at 09:51 AM (GMT) on 15 April, 2004

True: the arrows catch my eyes. Too bad, they point to ....nothing, only the bottom right of the frame.

comment by djn1 at 02:37 PM (GMT) on 15 April, 2004

Thanks all, though I don't think this was one of my best efforts. It's reasonably eye-catching, but it doesn't say much: e.g. Stef's comment regarding the arrows is quite telling, they don't point to anything, they're just there as an element of a rather disjointed scene.