Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Pic(k) of the week 9: Spaceship or Train station - Lyon Saint-Exupéry

Lyon, the third largest city of France is often looked at by foreigners as a pass through city; over the Summer months thousands of people drive through Lyon on their way to the French Riviera or Spain.

Earlier this month, my yearly trekking to the ski-slopes in the French Alps was however the reason for my one night stay in one of the hotels near the Lyon Saint-Exupéry airport. 

One thing not to be missed for anybody interested in modern architecture, is the train station, designed by renown Spanish Architect Santiago Calatrava. The project was initially started in 1989 and was supposed to be ready for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville. Delays however pushed the official opening into 1994. 

While the station was supposed to connect the international airport and become a large travel hub, it never really worked out this way. Over the years, I've never seen the train station as being busy...

Although it makes me think about a Spaceship, the perfect symmetry of the main building, officially was inspired by the wings of a bird taking-off.  Either way, it remains a great subject for some black and white architectural photography.

Spaceship or Train station, Lyon Saint Exupery

Image details:
Fujifjilm X-T1 with the Fujinon XF10-24mm f4 lens
ISO400, f8, 22mm (33mm full frame equivalent), 1/1500s
RAW development in Lightroom 5.7
Nik SilverEfex Pro 2 for Black and White conversion

A few more images of this dramatic building can be found here.

Remember, "Architecture is inhabited sculpture" - Constantin Brancusi

Happy shooting,

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