Studying a tower
The Kaknäs Tower may not represent what we think of as “pleasant for the eye” but it has a function as radio and television link to fulfil, in fact that’s what it was built for. Construction works began in 1963 and were completed in 1967. Architects were Hans Borgström and Bengt Lindroos. The tower is 170 metres high with the mast on top included (155 metres without the mast), there is a “restaurant with a view” in it and on top of the restaurant two stories from where one can enjoy the view of the city.
Working within the field “Architecture” is a tricky thing and I’m definitely no expert but I try to understand what the architect had in mind while working on the drawings. There is probably something he or she wanted us to see and the photographer’s task is to find it. The mantra about the right light is still valid. The image above would have looked different – and probably very flat – had it been taken on a cloudy day. If shot on a sunny day in June, the angle of the sun would have been different and I would probably have lost the effect the shadows create. That’s probably where the excitement lies, to get something interesting and fun out of a square concrete tower. This is my rendition of it, but there are many more interesting shots out there.
I allowed myself to play with the perspective and desaturate it. The outcome reminds me of the days when television was Black & White and there was only one channel.
I’m not sure what to call this shot. How about “Supposed surveillance in the Toblerone factory”?