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The stark emptiness of consumerism

By dudler
OK: the title's my silly bit. (Or is it?)

Arriving back late from London, this confronts you coming out of Moor Street Station in Birmingham.

A chance to see it without worshippers flocking in: but I was too slow to get the rather colourful bus in front of it, and didn't feel like waiting for the next one, as I had one of my own to catch...

Tags: Architecture Birmingham Bullring MoorStreetStation

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cabbie Plus
14 31 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2015 8:09AM
Nice to see it from a different angle

kaybee Plus
17 7.9k 27 Scotland
1 Feb 2015 8:25AM
Definitely a different view of the bubble wrap building.
IsabelC 7 51 10 Denmark
1 Feb 2015 8:29AM
Very interesting contrast with the old archway and the futuristic a surreal sky...

Isabel Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
15 3.0k 2465 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2015 8:31AM
Now that's a view that I haven't seen before. I like the fact that we are in the warm interior, that wall looks so cold and alien.
PranavMishra 9 52 18 India
1 Feb 2015 8:54AM
this is a brilliant image, with fine composition, clear details..
but the title is a little disagreeable to me.. I think life is all about happiness.. I think it is just about what gives one happiness at one particular moment without injuring happiness of others and causing damage to the environment.. I believe sucking icecandies gives the same pleasure to an icecandy-obsessed child as a deep meditation can give to a yogi..
No idea is absolute.. For life to be interesting, there should always be a variety of ideas and notions.. and world would gradually sort out its own problems with its huge intelligence and defiant will to survive.. I think nothing flows between two points if the pressure at them is equal..

My humble submission.. One's own point of view.. I hope you don't mind..
1 Feb 2015 9:13AM
Beautiful night, and the composition is interesting. I spent some time to understand it, because of the bubbles pattern!
dudler Plus
18 1.7k 1884 England
1 Feb 2015 9:18AM
To explain... This is the Selfridges building in Birmingham: it's a massive shopping centre, a mall. Inside, there are far too many shops, and none of them are very individual: they're the chains that you find in every major British city. It is woefully disorientating to be inside there, with nothing to orientate yourself by. You enter a commercial bubble, and depart with too many plastic bags full of things you probably don't need...

So the building's a symbol of consumerism, a modern secular temple.

I liked the contrast with the very modest architecture of Moor Street Station, which is Victorian and rather lovely, on a small scale (and thus contrasts with both Selfridges, and the main Birmingham Station the other side of Selfridges, New Street, which is massive, mainly below ground level, and a truly miserable place to be!)
NDODS 11 5.2k 127 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2015 9:26AM
An interesting well composed and exposed image John. Thanks for sharing.

Regards NathanGrinGrinGrin
mistere Plus
8 9 4 England
1 Feb 2015 10:01AM
An excellent image. Not at all, stark or empty.
Nice work.

Bantu 8 7 1 India
1 Feb 2015 10:32AM
A great angle of view,lovely.

rontear Plus
18 23 9 England
1 Feb 2015 11:53AM
Excellent title John, appropriate image !!!
banehawi Plus
17 2.6k 4274 Canada
1 Feb 2015 1:28PM
This is really good. And the title is spot on.

pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2015 4:35PM
If the shops are as you say, John, the bullring would be the last place I'd visitTongue.
This image of the Selfridge's building is nothing like anything I have seen, even when trawling the internet, so you have captured something quite unique, in my eyes.
I like the juxtaposition of old framing the new, and I don't think a bus would enhance it at all.
pamelajean Plus
15 1.6k 2238 United Kingdom
1 Feb 2015 5:11PM
Looking at the thumbnail, there's a curve to the circles which isn't there when the image is opened......strange.
1 Feb 2015 8:37PM
Wonderful composition captured from a great point of view, John.
fotobee 8 4 3 South Africa
2 Feb 2015 8:35AM
Reminds me of Mo, dragging me through the guts of these infernal malls, with a look of joy and anticipation on her face. She minutely checks on every conceivable thing, price, quality, ability to withstand temperature, everything, regardless that they are exactly the same, made by the same manufacturer in China. Luckily these trips to the Big City are done only once a month, and, for her sake, I doggedly endure this agony, and profess delighted agreement to her proposals. Ah. ..... the price one has to pay for peaceful co-existence. ....... Regards Martin.
2 Feb 2015 11:55PM
That building really spooks me. I've only ever seen it in pictures, and that's quite enough thank you very much.
I don't think your title's the least bit silly.
PranavMishra 9 52 18 India
3 Feb 2015 5:07PM
I never was satisfied of my view on this image.. and so I came back.. as per your explanation, one seldom gets what one wants.. ultimately one just gets a feeling that one has bought something, and that becomes the sole ground for satisfaction.. and that's consumerism..
7 Feb 2015 6:07PM
Refreshing to see this building from another angle.

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