Posts Tagged: buildings

High Rise – the vertical alternative

High Rise book cover
When the film adaptation of J. G. Ballard's High-Rise came out I was really keen to do an alternate book cover. It can be challenging to decide on a visual style and look for something that has been adapted onto screen because there are obvious influences that will be different from the original book – but in this case I wanted it to reflect both and to be as much a High Rise movie poster as a book cover.

Having studied architecture at university I have a bit of a soft spot for the brutalist architecture of the 50s and 60s. With this in mind I made this image more of a blueprint or architect's visualisation than a photographic reproduction. It's still very detailed – the high rise itself is stark and imposing but with a much looser graphic flow to the city which almost fades into a cubist pattern.

I wanted the title to accentuate the perspective adding to the feeling of height and power.

High Rise detail

high rise poster close up

Disturbance

disturbance

American city street late at night, and some disturbance sets off a car alarm, a nice opportunity to play with some nice lighting effects.

Stricken City

stricken city

Another image for a music event, this one a batman inspired romp through the stricken city of London's skyline with a touch of indy pop thrown in for good measure.