As a few of you may know. I am a fan of brutalist architecture. It has not always been the case. When I was a teenager (in the 80's) I hated the stuff, i didn't know the term brutalism and just saw it as depressing concrete and I wanted it all demolished. Now, as a child (in the 70's) I did like the utopian vision of modern buildings I particularly liked how greenery was incorporated into the design, parklands trees etc. As I got older I started to see these buildings as threatening, dark and sinister.
I just ignored this style of architecture for years right up until about 15years ago. I then started to 'see' what this style was all about. Maybe there is an element of nostalgia, maybe idealism in what could have been, I don't know. But things have changed. I do find brutalist architecture very sculptural, I recently saw a photograph of the Tricon centre in Portsmouth (now demolished) and I honestly have to say it looked like a massive piece of sculpture.
I understand why people dislike brutalism it can be intimidating, de humanising, drab, damp, depressing. But I love the shapes, the shadows, the way the light plays, it feels solid, planted part of the landscape, immovable. I don’t know, I am no wordsmith but it is a very photogenic style (IMHO)
Many of my friends think I am mad when I go out an photograph 1960’s, 70’s buildings, they just think they should be demolished, I explain to them that they are just as relevant and interesting as a stately home or a victorian town hall and try to get them to see what I see in the style. A few of them are now getting it and realise they this architecture may disappear and now point me in the direction of buildings they have seen and think I should photograph. When I go on city breaks I am now actively seeking out brutalist architecture and find it more interesting than the usual tourist destinations (that have usually been photographed to death).
Ok, I have waffled enough here are some photographs.