The Old Town Hall

Posted by Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 17 December 2009 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Old Town Hall stands in the Market Place, South Shields. It was built in 1768 by the Dean and Chapter of Durham and served as our principle public building until the new Town Hall was opened in 1910, it survived the blitz in WWll and was fully restored in 1977. The central column at ground level is reputed to be all that remains of an earlier Market Cross.

This detail view of some of it's robust columns has been given a bronze/green duo tone in Photoshop.

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Nadu-Dosenöffner from Köln, Germany

Interesting coloration of the columns. Due to the moss-green, I had to look twice.

17 Dec 2009 7:09am

zahra from shiraz, Iran

great,very cool.

17 Dec 2009 9:32am

Lorraine from Gatineau, Canada

I love the light on these phenomenals columns

17 Dec 2009 9:45am

MrsAmber from West Wickham, United Kingdom

Nice composition..great colours brought out.

17 Dec 2009 11:03am

Joan Felix from Jakarta, Indonesia

Go Green, :)) Nice.. but little blur... over all .. U R The best

17 Dec 2009 12:26pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

Definitely an artistic presentation of the subject! Well done Curly! ;-)

17 Dec 2009 1:00pm

Skyriani from Nelson, New Zealand

highly imaginative

17 Dec 2009 1:22pm

eva from Rouen, France

Great shot ! Beautiful light !

17 Dec 2009 1:40pm

scheinkenburg from newport news, United States

nice. very dramatic perspective.

17 Dec 2009 2:25pm

Amanda from Jersey City, United States

I think this combination of tones works really well with the subject.

17 Dec 2009 2:36pm

Garfield from Ancaster Ontario, Canada

What a unique treatment!

17 Dec 2009 2:39pm

Self-Indulgence from Chicagoland, United States

Love the perspective here. On the thumbnail the columns looked more like bamboo stalks, great effect with the greentone. It makes the cold stone seem alive.

17 Dec 2009 3:08pm

Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

I love the light on these columns and the treatment!

17 Dec 2009 3:49pm

Luca Bobbiesi from Milano, Italy

Fantastic perspective, I like the tones.

17 Dec 2009 4:02pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Nice capture. Lovely tones.

17 Dec 2009 4:55pm

Magrat from Nordhausen, Germany

Thanks for the information about it... Nice colors of the columns, I really like it...

17 Dec 2009 4:56pm

Reflecteur from Gothenburg, Sweden

Very nice perspective!
Very good info too!

17 Dec 2009 6:10pm

QUIM from Lisboa, Portugal

Curious repetition!

17 Dec 2009 6:12pm

Ddo from France

Wich impressive columns ! Great centring.

17 Dec 2009 7:40pm

Susan from Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

Nice image !!

17 Dec 2009 11:05pm

Kiwisa from North Shore, New Zealand

Nice one Curly, I like the shadows casting over the pillars too.

17 Dec 2009 11:28pm

BEHZAD noorifard from Shi, Iran

nice picture but not old this edit thx.

17 Dec 2009 11:53pm

Vikram from Chandler, United States

Yep, this creative tone works so well on this heritage architecture!
To me, this tone and the blurriness makes it look 3D image.
PS: I literally tried going too close to the screen ;P

17 Dec 2009 11:55pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Nice light and texture captured here. I am always amazed at how long buildings survive abroad when structures can't survive more than 50 years here. :-|

18 Dec 2009 12:47am

Luke Wiley from Spokane Washington, United States

These look like the will last another century!

18 Dec 2009 2:32am

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

Great tone!

18 Dec 2009 2:47am

Raymond from Selangor, Malaysia

Hey Curly, great shot u have here ! =] Somehow those heritage pillars looks like a thick bamboos from far. But i like the colours, wonderful.

18 Dec 2009 3:43am

Krishna Muroor from Bangalore, India

Good idea but i would have enjoyed lil more clarity

18 Dec 2009 4:13am

Levi Cusio from West Vancouver, Canada

great vision on this! love the processing style. perfect!

18 Dec 2009 5:05am

Condemna from Barcelona, Andorra

This photo is certainly interesting, which in these days of everybody taking photos like crazy is really a good start! The treatment might be a bit extreme for some tastes, but makes sense to me in this particular shot. The issue that has been raised about the soft focus may be true however: you don't really have any sharply focused column on which to cling to start exploring the photo from there.

18 Dec 2009 11:36am

Lambspun from Madison, Maine, United States

Gold pillars....I like the processing as always :)

19 Dec 2009 5:47am

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

Living on the side of the great pond it's always interesting to see really old structures.

19 Dec 2009 1:06pm

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