“Foshay Tower” mono

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been working on some images from this past fall, a visit to Minneapolis MN. One of the buildings I really wanted to see during that stay was the Foshay Tower. Originally built in 1929, it was modeled after the Washington Monument. The Foshay Tower was the lifelong dream of of Wilbur Foshay, an art student who later became a business man.

This building has a rich history and quite a story behind it. Sadly not a very happy one for Wilbur, who never even got to live in the lavish apartment he had created for himself. The crash of the stock market and the completion of the building came quite close together. Fifty some odd years later in 1978 it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Foshay was the tallest building in Minneapolis from 1929 until 1972 when the IDS Tower was built, and surpassed it in height. The architectural style is that of Art Deco.

When I was processing this and some other images of skyscrapers in the city, I decided to go with a really bold, high contrast black and white. I like the effect it gives. Maybe that of power. I also feel like it represents the time period.

The Foshay has been a beautiful hotel for many years now, but it still has an open observation deck, and a small museum to learn about the fascinating history behind this Mid-Western echo of the Washington Monument, and Wilbur Foshay, the man behind the dream!!

Enjoy the image!!

  "Foshay Tower" B&W
“Foshay Tower” B&W

“Reflecting Angles”

On a recent foray out into the wilds of Ann Arbor 😉 , I went in search of architecture, and architectural details to photograph.

There are so many great opportunities for all types of architecture there! Historic, modern, art deco, and just about anything you can imagine. All within a few miles of each other including on the Central Campus of the University of Michigan.

I love to get angles of many types of subjects, and of course of those is buildings. This image comes from an area of the C.S. Mott children’s Hospital in Ann Arbor.

It was a very busy time of day, on a weekday. Which probably isn’t the best time for shooting, so I spent my time focusing up rather than down. I liked this angle not only because of the lines and shape of the structure itself, but for another reason. What started out as a cold, but sunny winter day, suddenly transitioned to a cloudy and snowy one! What you see in the upper left hand side of this image, is an area of clouds, which was the leading edge of the transition from sunshine and blue skies back to clouds and snow.

The beautiful blue of the sky was reflected in the windows of the structure, which I really liked. I continued to do many different shots as the sky changed, but this one is my favorite because of the timing. I also converted this to a monochrome image which will be on my site. The monochrome also has a nice punch to it! Very deep and dark!

Stay tuned for more architecture!! 🙂

Architectural Details
Architectural Details

“Good Night Farm”

This image came about as the result of trying to be somewhere else at sunset. Earlier in the day the sky here was totally clouded over, but as the afternoon wore on there began to be a few breaks in the clouds. Some bits of sun peaking through. A good sunset began to look possible!!
Well, as soon as I saw that, I decided to make a plan to head out a couple of hours before sunset to reach a beautiful lake area and try to get some good shots in.
As things often go, that didn’t quite work out. The time was getting late. I was out driving around, but no where near where I had planned.
I decided to head over to the closest place I could think of, and actually get there in time.
This spot here just jumped out at me, as the time for any good light was quickly fading. I love the white fenced area, the field, and buildings you see that look like a farm. These are actually part of a school, with a church behind them.
The clouds were beautiful, but sun was poorly lacking. It did give some pretty hues to the sky though! So in the end, I did catch the sunset, just not quite the place that I had planned on, but that’s just where I was meant to be, and that’s okay with me!! 🙂

Sunset over Domino's Farms
Sunset over Domino’s Farms