Posts tagged ‘buildings’

November 7, 2014

Partway through the workday

I learned today that window-cleaning is considered the most dangerous job (Vicar is the safest)┬áin the UK. That’s saying something considering they employ armed forces.
Partway through the workday
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November 6, 2014

The night after the night after

Everything seemed to shift and stay the same.
The night after the night after
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June 18, 2014

You’d never understand

I’m still obsessed with photographing the sky. It’s not a phase. Usually I control myself, but lately a few good ones have floated my way. A good sky isn’t good because it makes you feel something; it’s good because it’s got you feeling nothing. It leaves you sensing your irrelevance. That’s a good sky, one that flirts with total abandonment. A good sky literally grabs you and shakes you (a few times in the best-case scenario) and then stops at once to give you the Mona Lisa – a look of contented uninhabitence, to manufacture a word. It knows you’d never understand. It’s vast and full and empty and changing, and if there’s a miniature plane mutely numbing through it, all the better.
You'd never understand
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January 29, 2014

Trump between

Stuck for words today. I’ve been feeling the need to produce photographs of late, but I’m months backed up on editing and have very little in-camera to work on. It’s like being caught between lines without a natural composition. Claustrophobic.
Trump between
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September 29, 2013

City stack

Another non-HDR image. I’m sensing a theme, but not a revolution. I didn’t have time to stop, and I never do when I’m here, but I like how the city stacks up into a cone when you’re on the far side of Michigan and Water. There’s actually another, better view of this. There might be several. I’m probably going to have to go back one of these days, but this was shot whilst walking briskly up the street without a chance to analyze much else.
City stack
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September 27, 2013

Light and angles

Competing light sources kind of rule for photography. I know there are some that don’t like them, but with me it’s all quite welcomed. There was enough light in the sky to cast a shade of something down from above, then streetlights and window lights made for golden filler. It kind of screws up the colors, which is perfect to me. I decided to allow the buildings to fight for attention, too, as a hat tip to the light, I guess? I’m not sure. Just liked the angle.
Light and angles
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June 11, 2013

Asymmetros windows

Parking garages are my friends. Every so often I venture to the top of one… or to the mid-level of another. Actually, I’m a big fan of not going to the top. You miss a lot of opportunities to get in-between stuff if you go to the top all the time. Your pictures end up looking the same if they’re all from the tops of things or the bottoms of things. You have to get to the middle. I think this was the 10th story of a 12-story ramp. They call them parking ramps in Minneapolis.
Asymmetros windows
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June 6, 2013

Up at towers

After posting the sad scene of the homeless man sleeping in a bus stop yesterday I wanted to do something more uplifting for today. I don’t like looking up at the buildings during the day, because normally the ceiling isn’t very good for photography. Also, who wants to look like a tourist? At night you can literally lay down and shoot between the buildings, and the right grouping can give you pretty stunning results.
Up at towers
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April 12, 2013

I haven’t been myself of late

Ever hear someone say something that’s just so throwaway you wonder if they ever say anything original? When asked how I’m doing today – and I have been a little bit ill the past 24-36 hours – I almost said, “I haven’t been myself of late.” But catching myself just before doing so I think I managed to flip out something like, “I’m decent.” That wasn’t quite the truth, but it beats something that means nothing, right? The only reason I had “I haven’t been myself of late” on my mind is because I think I heard someone say it on a train or in passing. It just struck me as a funny thing to say. Sayings sometimes stick in my head like songs do, and just like the worst songs I retain the least worthwhile utterances.

I kind of want to do a photo series on throwaway lines like that. The titles will be the names of the photos. I can’t think up many good examples on the spot, but “I haven’t been myself of late” will look like today’s post – really messed up. Upside down, messed up, vertigo-inducing and devoid of color. That’s not being myself of late, at least for me. OK, I thought of one more: “Hey what’s up? Nothin'” will be a blank shot of nothing. I’m not sure if it will be all black or all white. Maybe Gray.
I haven't been myself of late
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March 27, 2013

Reflective black box

These black box buildings spread throughout Chicago, but they’re especially common in the downtown area. Every few blocks you can spot one up the street. I guess they were controversial when the first few started going in several decades ago, but they’ve kind of proved their worth. When the lighting is right and the nearby skyscrapers reflect in them – that’s when they shine brightest to me.
Reflective black box
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