Being nestled in the heart of the Barbican Estate may have its navigational downfalls but all are overwritten with a simple glance up and around. One of our favourite pastimes is discovering new angles of our surroundings through our visitors and fellow architecture enthusiasts’ photography.
And so we were honoured to be chosen as the location for Domus Tile’s This Brutal Clerkenwell photography competition, showcasing the results of a tour by Peter Chadwick, founder of This Brutal House, during Clerkenwell Design Week. Tour participants were invited to submit the photo they felt best captured our Brutalist style, with a winner chosen by our Gallery Curator, Alona Pardo.
The winner was Celine Hayman with this beautiful shot capturing the curves and the trademark semi-circles you can see around the Barbican.
Alona Pardo explains why Celine was her winning choice:
‘What I find interesting and compelling about Celine Hayman’s photograph is that it shows a less expected, quieter side to the Brutalist character of the Barbican, focusing as it does on a walkway that leads to an unknown place. By focusing the camera in this less spectacular part of the Barbican, Celine has also managed to imbue the image with a poetic, almost narrative quality. The image is beautifully composed taking a very frontal view with the Modernist white arch occupying the top half of the image. Equally the image highlights the different material qualities of the Barbican, with smooth plastered walls jostling alongside the ubiquitous brick and chiselled concrete that characterise the Barbican.’