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Milano Centrale

By KingBee
A great many thanks to all who commented / voted on my "Galleria" shot from yesterday; with a special 'thank you' going to Matthew (paskinmj) for his UA. I've only just picked this up since, as I explained to Matthew in a PM, shortly after I uploaded yesterday's image I was dragged by the ears by SWMBO away from EPZ to indulge in the far healthier activity of savouring the delights of the lovely East Lothian countryside (studiously avoiding the blight that is Torness, of course ......) on a most beautiful Autumn day, sans camera, natch. (She'd have brained me. Wink)

Today's offering shows one of the escalators that ferry travellers between the Metro and the splendour that is upper level Milano Centrale. The area at the top of the picture is the middle (entrance) level of the station, with a third level above which contains the main concourse and train platforms. The station has no definite architectural style, but is a blend of many different styles, especially Liberty and Art Deco. By any measure, it is a visual feast.

Italian lessons continue today under the ever-watchful eye of the Maltese dominatrix. Assuming I survive the inevitable spankings (I'm speaking metaphorically, of course Wink), I shall be back on EPZ tomorrow. Pray for my safe return.

Tags: Architecture Black and white Landscape and travel

Voters: Alan_Baseley, whipspeed, gazlowe and 51 more

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SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
8 Oct 2012 10:41AM
Love the sweeping lines and the detail. And the lightness of touch. Very attractive image.

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mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 10:41AM
Somehow I would expect Milan's station to be a bit classier than our local halt... This reminds me of the older metro stations in St Petersburg, veritable cathedrals, though I guess the gods here are different ones. Love the use you have made of the elliptical curves.
cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
8 Oct 2012 10:47AM
delightful...good use of light and shadows SmileSmile

hope you don't mix your metaphors WinkGrinGrin
8 Oct 2012 10:53AM
Another well composed shot!
The oval framing draws you into the building.
jdinne 15 16 England
8 Oct 2012 11:00AM
Brilliant Bob, superbly composed you are drawn into this.

Tibetan 5 3 England
8 Oct 2012 11:03AM
Love the curves the composition is spot on, nice soft tones and light, would have loved to have got this shot, like it regards leon.GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 11:25AM
Just love that offset oval as you have placed it.
The heads in winged helmets do suggest the influence of the Duce or at least his era.

The secret of language learning is in two parts: (a) staying alert, and (b) preparation. The latter, in the situation you describe, may be further divided into (i) learning your homework, and (ii) applying sufficient padding in the most sensitive areas. Parts (b(i)) and (b(ii)) are not mutually exclusive Wink

KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
8 Oct 2012 11:50AM

Quote:The heads in winged helmets do suggest the influence of the Duce or at least his era.

According to Wikipedia, work started on the station in 1912. Due to the Italian economic crisis during World War I, construction proceeded very slowly, and the project, rather simple at the beginning, kept changing and became more and more complex and majestic; never more so than when Benito Mussolini became Prime Minister, and wanted the station to represent the power of the fascist regime. The station wasn't completed until 1931.

Quote:The secret of language learning is in two parts: (a) staying alert, and (b) preparation. The latter, in the situation you describe, may be further divided into (i) learning your homework, and (ii) applying sufficient padding in the most sensitive areas. Parts (b(i)) and (b(ii)) are not mutually exclusive

Wonderful stuff, Bill - just the tonic I need before I enter the dominatrix's chamber ......
morpheus1955 11 3 2 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 11:55AM
Brilliant shot, great composition, really works well as a mono

bobsblues 8 10 2 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 1:06PM
Excellent pov and and the mono looks great .SmileSmile
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
8 Oct 2012 1:35PM
The diagonal, off-set oval is an excellent piece of composition, Bob, and the escalator pulls you straight through it assisted by the focal point pull of that time piece. Excellent work, and love the write up GrinGrin

mikbee 11 3 8 Scotland
8 Oct 2012 2:53PM
Works well in mono Bob.
And yes,Torness is not on the list of ''must see Scottish attractions''
Although I only discovered recently it does have a nice little harbour nearby.
And off course when I say ''nice'',I mean nice and grotty !!
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 2:58PM
Love it! Great monoGrin
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
8 Oct 2012 3:27PM
Lovely architecture. Well captured.......Sandy
nonur Plus
9 17 13 Turkey
8 Oct 2012 4:18PM
Couldn't imagine a better shot than this of that colossal structure! Immaculate work in mono!
8 Oct 2012 4:21PM
excellent composition and capture

excellent off centre oval very eye catching with nice tones, nice work.

KingBee Plus
12 529 2 Scotland
8 Oct 2012 5:11PM
Thanks to everyone for their kind words and votes on today's upload. Two UAs in one day (many thanks, Rob and Nezih), let alone one for yesterday also, as noted above, is an honour, and so very much appreciated. Thank you all again: your interest in what I get up to on EPZ is never taken for granted. And I hope I give as much back.


Suzicoo 6 481 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 5:39PM
superb mono image and also great sense of humourWink
surfinsurveyor 10 697 1 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 6:25PM
Cracking image. Great mono. Wonderful exposure and all set off by the oval framing. I'm happy to be 30th vote. GrinGrinGrinGrin

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 6:26PM
you really are a funny bunny ....Smile
heh ... and as a bonus I just love this
frz67 8 10 32 Italy
8 Oct 2012 6:58PM
I couldn't almost recognize it.
excellent perspective.

pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 7:18PM
Love this, the light the pov and the architecture - well done
AnnChown Plus
8 207 1 United Kingdom
8 Oct 2012 10:53PM
Fabulous composition and perspective Bob - those curves seem all-embracing and I can see you balancing on the handrail on the right to capture this. From your write up above you seem to be leading a very exciting life at the moment under the watchful eye of the two women you describe!! Keep it up!
Congrats on the GEA and the UAs - very well deserved!
9 Oct 2012 10:25PM
Love it. Elaine
parob 7 3 74 France
10 Oct 2012 4:21PM
Brilliant composition, well deserving of all the kudos. Here is mine!
Mos8 9 Switzerland
12 Oct 2012 5:02PM
Full of spaces
Strobe 10 1.3k United States
15 Oct 2012 7:59PM
Fantastic !!

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