More…downtown Chicago

Crown Fountain-1  Copyright 2012

I saw them being built…and wondered what they were.  The images change, and in warmer weather, water spews from the mouth.  Children enjoy this…not me.  I guess I am just a Wendy, huh?

Crown Fountain-2  Copyright 2012

Crown Fountain-3  Copyright 2012

Perhaps they will…

…or perhaps they will not…like my concept.

The new owners of the building visited my humble apartment two weeks ago, wanting to see my photos and artwork.  They would like to do an installation in the lobby–LARGE photos!  Would I do it?

(Here’s where the adrenalin begins to rush and every synapse sparks, day and night!)

This is, after all, Chicago…though it is the northernmost neighborhood…so I decided to bring some of Chicago’s most famous architecture to Rogers Park, because most people are not able to roam around these landmarks as I have been able to in the past several years.

I’ve made a few trips downtown to enlarge my photo bank, thought and ‘played’ a lot…and ended up with what I feel is a fine presentation.

For instance:  my shot of the John Hancock building, hanging on my wall, impressed the owners.

John Hancock Building, Chicago  Copyright 2006

One mentioned that the photos could even be in black and white, so I clicked a bit in Photoshop (TM) and produced this:

Next, for good measure, and because the lobby has been repainted in warm neutral tones, I clicked another time or to, to produce my preferred version of sepia:

Then, I began to ‘play’.  Though my 66th is just two weeks away, I consider myself FAR from stodgy.  Ideas come to me, usually about 3:30 AM…and I get out of bed and just have to try them out.

This is what I came up with:  “Glowing Edges”, which turns the Hancock into what I prefer to call ‘fine art’:

John Hancock Building, Revisioned  Copyright 2012

And this is what it would look like, if my dream comes true:

On the left:  Marina City, the IBM Building and Trump Tower;  middle, the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park; and of course, the John Hancock Building.


I was going to go downtown today to shoot some architecture for a project I was asked to do by the new owner of my building.  It’s cool and dull (mostly cloudy), not the best type of day for chiaroscuro.

So…I played a bit with a shot I took in August of 2008.  Here’s the original, with contrast only adjusted:

‘Cloud Gate’ reflection  Copyright 2012

Next, in black and white:

In sepiatone:

I did this last one a few years ago while playing with ‘Curves’ in Photoshop (TM), and used it as the header for awhile when I was blogging at Blogspot:

All photos copyright 2012

‘Cloud Gate’ is the official name of this sculpture in Chicago Millennium Park created by the British artist Anish Kapoor, who says the inspiration for this 66 ft. long by 33 ft. high piece came from his fascination with liquid mercury.  It is more widely known as ‘The Bean’.