Looking up or falling over? The Sears (Willis) Tower

People tend to think – or photographers, that is – that you need a tilt-shift lens to appropriately shoot large buildings. It dramatically lends to perspective and avoids that look of the buildings leaning way backward like they might be toppling over. That’s all well and good, but I like my photos to look how it feels to be there, and I feel like looking up at buildings feels like falling over. I don’t mind that they bend and fall away. The surreal quality lends to the impact.

Here, for instance, I love how the Sears (Willis) Tower tends to look as though it’s leaning out to look down the alley. The stretching away from the street-level subject matter to the top of the tower leaves this feeling of motion. This is the sort of craning I get whenever I’m peering up at this or another massive tower.
Looking up or falling over? The Sears (Willis) Tower
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6 Comments to “Looking up or falling over? The Sears (Willis) Tower”

  1. Always enjoy your city scales! Have a wonderful weekend!

  2. Another impressive city view….colour, light and perspective…telling it as it is.

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