Photoessay: Of canopies and curves

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There’s a collection of rather strange but interesting architecture within the Lake Gardens in Kuala Lumpur; it was built at different times but is surprisingly coherent. None of it is used much, but at least it’s visually interesting. I presume it must be intentional that the curves somewhat mirror the canopies of the trees; it would be hard to think of any other reason to make construction this difficult (especially in a country not known for either exacting standards or quality builders). Can’t be good for the trees though, since the enclosed ones don’t seem to be doing quite as well as those out in the open. I had a sense of deja vu walking through here – the forms are oddly reminiscent of The Garden of Cosmic Speculation but without the massive earthworks, or the underlying cosmological references. Still, as a respite from the functionally boring boxes popular here, I’m not complaining. MT

This series was shot with a Nikon D3500 and AF-P 10-20/4.5-5.6 DX VR, and post processed with Photoshop Workflow III.

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  1. Fine work and thought

  2. Kristian Wannebo says:

    Just delightful!

    An interesting place.
    Shows what can happen when grownups remember to play.
    Let’s hope that future gardeners will cooperate with the buildings and that the buildings woun’t be allowed to decay.

    The way you frame some very special trees – and clowds! And use shadows.
    And that light in the last photo!

    • Unfortunately, mere maintenance is an uphill challenge given the climate…humidity and sun don’t play well with steel, not to mention watermarks from constant rain. But yes, one can only hope. 🙂

      That last photo – very unusual combination of direct sun and low level atmospherics, which normally burns off by the time the sun gets that high – but in this case, I took advantage of local roadworks and the oven they have for the bitumen…

  3. très original.
    Bravo !!!

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