Segrada Famillia

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© Brendan Baker
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UploadedFebruary 12, 2008
TakenFebruary 9, 2008
ModelCanon PowerShot A630
Exposure1/10 sec at f/3.2
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length10.835 mm
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Human Impact is an interesting theme. But I'm more interested in the reverse - where nature impacts our designs.

This happens at large scales, best epitomized in the field of industrial ecology, which turns one industry's waste into another's supply. In materials design it has meant looking to nature - wood structure, spider silk, barnacle shells - for more elegant solutions. And for artists and architects nature has long provided a riveting source of inspiration.

Did Gaudi mean for this stairwell in his masterpiece, the Segrada Familia, to take the form of a shell? I'm not sure, but among the wreckage of our impact on nature, the most promising aspect is that implicitly or explicitly, we still look to it for inspiration.

Barcelona, 2008.

In the Thanks for Jpgmag photo essay.

Also in the Environmentalism photo essay.

16 responses

  • Mikey Lol

    Mikey Lol gave props (11 Feb 2008):

    Awesome shot

  • Chris Whitney

    Chris Whitney said (11 Feb 2008):

    Spiraling stairs almost like a conch shell-I like it.

  • Adam Kassner

    Adam Kassner said (23 Feb 2008):

    Like geometric abstracts, nice shot

  • Katie Bushueff

    Katie Bushueff said (4 Mar 2008):

    That's beautiful. I thought it was a shell when I first looked at it! It's got my vote! And I love you're interpretation on the theme! Refreshingly original...

  • Fatima Müller-Kaakati

    Fatima Müller-Kaakati gave props (6 Mar 2008):

    Great shot and light

  • Jessica Kuligowski

    Jessica Kuligowski gave props (6 Mar 2008):

    Beautiful shot!

  • Brendan Baker

    Brendan Baker said (8 Mar 2008):

    Thank you so much everyone...

  • Kristin Oldfather

    Kristin Oldfather said (11 Mar 2008):

    omg. I didnt even notice that it was stairs. I was sitting there reading the desc. and half lost and all omg thats an awesome crab thing... then it was like bam and it hit me, thats awesome XD

  • Blair K

    Blair K gave props (16 Mar 2008):

    great sagrada familia image. i want to go to barcelona if only to tour it.

  • Michel Vaque

    Michel Vaque gave props (15 Apr 2008):


  • Simon Le

    Simon Le gave props (27 Apr 2008):

    Amazing composition!!!

  • N

    N gave props (2 May 2008):

    classical beauty.

  • Nancy Charter Kechnie Goatbe

    Nancy Charter Kechnie Goatbe said (23 May 2008):

    Gorgeous! I could get lost in it...Wonderful lighting and composition.. such a beautiful design and write up..

  • Jessica Martinez

    Jessica Martinez gave props (28 May 2008):

    Great eye, looks just like a seashell.

  • Jessie Anderson

    Jessie Anderson gave props (9 Aug 2008):

    So good... so deep... so real

  • Joelle Bovy

    Joelle Bovy gave props (27 Mar 2009):

    I'm jalous ;o) I had the same shot but lost my negatives (and now the've closed this part of the cathedral...)

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