Cities are amazing places. Especially the big ones. High rise buildings towering over us, targeting the heavens and inspirational examples of creative design. I love the mix of old and young in the architecture of American cities like Chicago, Philly and New York. They harbor the historic art deco buildings that heralded the era of the metropolis, and they now evidence 20th century utilitarian sensibilities with skyscrapers and glass reflections abound.
I recently visited Chicago in the summer…and what a beautiful, majestic city! It is obviously famous for its architecture, so that came as no surprise that it was so imposing and grand as a city, with creative geometrical patterns and shapes, tessellation designs. The classic boat tour along the river was a wonderful insight into the city’s proud architectural heritage. Even better though was the quiet meandering of the streets and discovering the old metallic bridges which speak of the industrial age, the art deco and belle epoch signs of theaters and concert halls. Surprising was the fact that there are even grand buildings with pieces of other famous buildings – like the Parthenon, Colosseum, Goethe’s house and more, as if the city’s heritage alone were not enough! The physical environment is just one aspect of what becomes an interesting intertwining of environment and human politics as well – the hubbub that came out of the TRUMP tower was incredible as proud Chicago folk angrily spoke out against the eyesore of the city’s skyline in headlines. The city’s beautiful outdoor concert spaces are also a pleasure to visit, but unbeknownst to the summer tourist the blizzards of Lake Michigan will ice over these warm bright spaces within only a few months!
You’ll see that I particularly love getting shots of buildings at strange or alternative angles, so the building becomes part of the photo’s geometry in itself, slicing the photos into parts. I hope you enjoy some of my shots – just one of viewing cities already filled with diverse perspectives. The black and white filter made me imagine what Chicago must have been like in the 1920s…
Wandering around these cities on travels is a recipe for tripping over or walking into a pole, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! It is a feast for the eyes when you loop upward…and that’s before you turn your head again to witness the bustling streets filled with a cornucopia of people!