Ode to the tower block
These buildings are seen as shabby, dirty and blots on the skyline.
And high rises are usually associated with rundown housing estates.
They are dangerous, menacing and places where the urban poor live out their meagre existences.
In my opinion these buildings have a bad press. They’re a source of fascination and great material for interesting architectural photographs.
The west London tower block to the left, swathed in shabby scaffolding, brings a new synthesis to a sunrise shot.
And the picture below shows a handsome trio of tower blocks in Belgrade, Serbia. They’re thriving, healthy and caught by the sun.
This photo is just a taste of tower block heaven – those expansive, uniform high rise housing estates built across eastern Europe during the communist era. Does anyone have any shots of them? If not, next assignment is to visit some of those cities and create a photographic study, with great love and admiration.