February 9, 2014

Fixing Up a Facade

Photograph by Brian Yen, National Geographic Your Shot

"I was on the way to a friend's house, which happens to be adjacent to this [building under] renovation," writes Your Shot contributor Brian Yen. "It was very late at night, and for a second the giant facade, complete with puffy clouds and blue sky, looked quite real."

Yen says his initial pictures didn't include any people. "Since it was late at night, the street was quite empty. Then a biker went by, and he gave the scene some sense of scale. But I didn't have my camera ready for it, so I ended up waiting across the street with the camera ready until someone finally walked past it."

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25 comments
david Hollands
david Hollands

'in the eye of the beholder'...  what was behind the façade is the real point of the picture I feel, and that's what we don't see. 

Chi Sun
Chi Sun

the story that you shot your photo is as if a predator waits its prey in the darkness~~cool!

Ann Newcomer
Ann Newcomer

A beautiful piece of photography.  How do I get to use I as wallpaper?

Farshad Tasaodian
Farshad Tasaodian

It's odd how some commenters make judgement on picking this photo as of the day and yet cannot see that the new facade is just an image, not real construction or anything. And this is why they doubt about its competence.The photographer has chosen the black and white feature just to trick such photo viewers and of course passing someone in the pavement under the superficial facade has provide it with a spatial  sense. Perfect!

Eugenia S.
Eugenia S.

It's such a great photo in comparison to modern scenes of Shanghai.

Janice H.
Janice H.

Took a while to finally "SEE" exactly what I was looking at....then... wow, it's amazing how the photograph tricks the eye.           Such a neat shot!

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

A lovely ornate building, that is going to look more so when it's renovation is complete. Getting a shot is rarely good luck,so his waiting for someone to pass by,is commendable. The facade is what it is, but the whole picture is the thing here, to be looked at and enjoyed.  j.e.s.   

Wendy Wilton
Wendy Wilton

Shot of the day?????  I must be missing something.

Kausik Bhattacharyya
Kausik Bhattacharyya

A good click but pardon me ..What so special for making it photo of the day?

Ton Lo
Ton Lo

@Wendy Wilton So it's a pictorial "travel" to Taipei happend to be picked.  Be it the photo of the day or not, I do find something interesting in the picture of my city.

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