Project 14: Space and function

Exercise: Exploring function

Whilst attending a Deacon Blue concert at the Symphony Hall in Birmingham, I thought this might be a good opportunity to produce some photographs for this exercise.
The £30,000,000 concert venue designed by the Percy Thomas Partnership and Renton Howard Wood Levin, is considered to be one of the best in the world. One of it’s unique features is a reverberation chamber behind the stage and an acoustic canopy which can be raised or lowered, depending on the type of performance.
One of the most fascinating things about music venues is how they can be dramatically altered by lighting. I wanted to capture 2 images to illustrate how an almost empty, tranquil room can be transformed. The first image (below) shows an almost empty Symphony Hall with a few spectators waiting with drinks, anticipating the event.

Waiting for the concert to start at Symphony Hall.

The second photograph (below) shows the spectators viewpoint with the band in the background. It is very common for people to photograph these events on their phones and I purposely waited for someone in front to take a picture.

Watching Deacon Blue, Symphony Hall, Birmingham.



Exercise: The user's viewpoint