Saturday Snapshots #7

by Jeanne on October 11, 2008

in London Life, Photography, Saturday Snapshots

20070720 O2 Dome 

The O2,  2007 

Built in 2000, the Millennium Dome in North Greenwich was much maligned during its first year when overruns on budget caused it to make far less money than predicted, with taxpayers footing the bill for the shortfall.  It closed on 31 December 2000 and for at least 6 years it stood empty, a very visible white elephant marooned on a peninsula in the Thames.  New owners O2 rebranded it in 2005 and it reopened as a multi-use entertainment venue.  It now houses cinemas, restaurants, an exhibition space, an intimate venuw for concerts and launch parties, an ice rink in winter, a beach in summer, and a 20 000 seater concert arena where I will see Coldplay in December. 

The picture has been fairly intensively Photoshopped, with the midtone contrast and saturation being pushed as far as they could go.  Even though I don't usually like over-manipulated pictures, I fell in love with the grainy feel and the apocalyptic look of the sky.

This is part of a series of non-food photographs that will be published every Saturday on CookSister. Click here for a full list of photographs previously featured.  If you like this or any other photo featured in Saturday Snapshots, why not buy it as a greeting card or print in my RedBubble store?

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justfoodnow October 11, 2008 at 11:23 pm

Did you do photography at varsity?
Not a joke, I would seriously like to know ……….
I have a photographer son and I showed him your stuff – after peering into them for what seemed like ages at his place this afternoon, he said they were actually quite good, even really good…….

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Browniegirl October 11, 2008 at 11:31 pm

Beautiful photo Jeanne, its so good to know that it is being put to good use now. I was there last in 2003. Coldplay???? You lucky gal you! Have a great Sunday xxx

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Angela October 12, 2008 at 12:04 pm

Wow, that sky is so strong and powerful! It really does look like Ragnarok is upon us.

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nina October 12, 2008 at 4:10 pm

This is a great photo. I agree, Photoshop has its place and you have put it to good use here, Jeanne!

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Deeba October 13, 2008 at 1:51 am

Can’t believe it’s Saturday again. The picture is almost surreal Jeanie. When I saw just the masts, thought it was of a ship in turbulent waters. Well photoshopped!

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Gill October 13, 2008 at 9:34 am

Stunning photo, I agree the sky looks amazing.
You lucky, lucky girl going to see Coldplay!! I am green with envy ;-)

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Scott at Realepicurean October 13, 2008 at 8:58 pm

That is one scary looking sky!

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bee October 14, 2008 at 12:55 am

great pic. i think 20% gaussian blur would improve it even further.

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Browniegirl October 14, 2008 at 5:41 pm

OOOh Tickle is beating me to this today hehe…….check mine as well you popular girl lol xxx

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Rosemary October 16, 2008 at 11:26 am

I am so jealous, you going to see Cold Play!

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Michelle October 28, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Interesting photo. For one moment I thought it was in high definition. A.A. Gill wrote an hilarious piece on the Dome and what rotten restaurants it has. A must read.

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