BW Tuesday: Archi Details

Diamond Bank Head Office by rubys polaroid

Morning peeps…..sigh it’s been too long since i made a proper post.

Doing a personal mind cleanup so i can have more thinking time this year(blogging time), but lets jump into the title of today’s post. I’ve always loved a good BW image that can make you stop in your tracks and if you’ve been tracking my Instagram Page you’ll notice my minimalist trend.

Architecture is the theme, high-rises the medium. Enjoy ūüėÄ

P.S – My Instagram page => @Rubyspolaroid

Cee BW Challenge: Abandoned Secretariat

What better way to host a Halloween party than at an abandoned secretariat with several high-rises in a large expanse of land close to a cemetery, lol.
This is my submission for Cee’s BW Photo Challenge with the theme- ABANDONED/ALONE.

This is just one arm of the large complex, its been abandoned for close to 26 years ever since the seat of the Federal Government moved in 1991 form Lagos to Abuja which was carved out of other states and designed to be the centre of power; The Civil Servant state.

Old Secretariat Ikoyi by rubys polaroid
Abandoned Federal Secretariat Ikoyi

WPC: Ascend With Purpose

Hi guys, how was your week? have you started on the ever long Christmas Shopping list.

It’s just 8days to Christmas *big grin*, that means work break and lots to eat and drink. ¬†Parties and gathering around every corner, ¬†by far the most tedious part of the year (-__-) .

This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is ASCEND. My take on it goes with the endless cycle of New Year goals or Resolution. Ascending from one level to another takes focus (inner compass) to stay on track and make it to the top.

My shot shows what it feels like to stand at the beginning and see your end goal all the way up there.

What’s your take on goal setting / New year Resolutions?

Nitel Building Mural by rubys polaroid
Nitel Building

WPC: ASCEND

WPC: Serene Sky

City Hall Lagos Rooftop 2 by rubys polaroid

It’s not everyday you get access to a buildings rooftop especially in Lagos. It’s dusk and the cool ocean breeze slides over buildings, through streets and into the minds and homes of the city and in Lagos the cool is always welcome. ALWAYS!!!
It’s the Launch Party of Lagos Biennial and honesty i went there more for the opportunity to bask in the open cold air of the evening than the photo party and eccentric music, i did enjoy the music tho.

Eclectic was the word and the tunes where right my alley but my accomplice a rogue typical lasgidi gal didn’t care for Electronic Music or the likes and kept her round eyes glued to her phone all evening. sigh
Today’s WPC Theme is SERENE and what better way to enjoy the evening in a hot, chaotic city than escape to the rooftop. From my perch high up Lagos feels calm, pink hue clouds and cold blue skies all round it really doesn’t feel like the sweltering, noisy beast it usually is. (Motorists and civilians in Lagos will attest to this)

My take on the challenge. Link to the main challenge below
WPC: SERENE

P.S- Did a Black&White conversion to one of the images. What do you think?

WPC: Human Scale

Savannah Thatch Bar LCC By rubys polaroid

Happy Monday Morning ūüôā
….not exactly what most people are feeling right now but One great thing about it is it comes only once a week, thank God for little mercies. .lol.
My WordPress Photo Challenge post today is on SCALE. Seems simple enough but it’s one secret ingredient to a good picture becoming great, that element of human scale.
It’s simply putting a human subject in frame to better tell your viewer how big, wide or otherwise tall your subject is.
Even on instagram, beautiful landscape shots have someone sitting backing you in the foreground and thus you appreciate how huge the mountains or how high up they took the pic and it gives depth as well.

I picked 3 images of different scenarios to show, no matter the context a human figure always makes a picture more relatable.

WPC: Scale

 

WPC: Ooh Shiny Sky Bridge

Steel Canopy Walkway Lagos by rubys polaroid

Its not often one gets to sway high in the air over a thick swamp forest. Well on a whim this past Friday i decided to go explore a local tourist spot in Lekki Lagos; Lekki Conservation Centre with the mind of walking the very much talked about Canopy Walkway.

OOOO….my GOD.

I’ll let the above exclamation define the experience. At a whooping 401 meters long (1315.62 Foot long) and at the highest point 22.5 meters high (73.8 foot high) it’s the longest Canopy Walkway in Africa and Second longest in the world…..Yikes!. In most cases i just shrug at the numbers and say i can’t be all that but on Friday i held my tongue right back, affixing it to the roof of my mouth throughout the walk….mostly anyway.
If you ain’t got mind don’t bother as you literally swing through the air, if your walking companions aren’t great on their feet. Luckily my group consisted of i and my troublesome friend Toyin, an old well rounded couple with the woman being of better courage than the man and a friendly guide that held his belly deep laughter throughout whilst walking without touching the rope. That was just plain cheating in my opinion *__*) .

Somewhere after crossing the first walkway i grew a second liver right under the quivering first and actually paused severally at the middle of 4 of the seven walkways to take shots ūüėÄ . Below is a shot of the end of one of the several walkways, its really shiny steel and a marvel of design but i thought that up right when i got back to flat, un-moving ground ¬†-__-) .

So, after listening to my Adventrue (Ordeal) what Shiny thing caught your eye of recent?

WPC: Ooh Shiny

Steel Canopy Walkway Lagos by rubys polaroid
Steel Canopy Walkway
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WPC: Transient Nature

The nature of man is fleeting, a more complicated expression is Transient. This is even more glaring in a culture that scorns history in all it’s form. Once a person or object no longer has immediate importance it is discarded. During the recent historical tour of Open House Lagos 2017, i went for the tour of The Railway compound Ebute Metta, Lagos.

This area is a trove of historical buildings and gems, ¬†one of which is featured in the images above. In an abandoned train shed sits the very train Queen Elizabeth the Second and her husband Prince Philip used for a trip to Ibadan from Lagos during her tour of Nigeria in 1956. It’s now a blackened, decaying husk with graffiti all over, a shadow of itself after years of active duty.

WPC: TRANSIENT

P.S РFor photos from that Tour visit this link -> TheNETng looks back at Queen Elizabeth’s 1956 tour of Nigeria

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WPC: Sacred Heritage

Heritage
“valued objects and qualities such as historic buildings and cultural traditions that have been passed down from previous generations.”

Lagos has heritage, Culture and a Resilient people who have seen history and left their mark in so many ways. Historic buildings and sites litter the bustling city of Lagos and i had a great opportunity to visit them during the Open House Lagos 2017 Event. The SACRED SITES TOUR, even though short was a real eye opener.

The Holy Cross Cathedral is credited with being the birth place of Catholicism in Nigeria.
Check the link below on it’s birth and history of Catholicism in Nigeria.

A Brief History Of Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Lagos

Heritage designation: Lagos State Grade 3 listed building
Architect(s): Lazarus Borges da Silva and Francisco Nobre
Style: French Gothic
Years built: 1934-1939
Completed: 1939

WPC: HERITAGE