Human forms
October 6, 2018 12:57 AM   Subscribe

Absolutely love this. Architecture was the first major I studied (in chicago, no less), but eventually left because the atmosphere of where I was was in direct conflict with my class consciousness. It was just too bougie.

I really appreciate a lot of these for the actual photographic aspect. They're not pictures of cool buildings, they're cool pictures on their own. I think the judges did a great job on the shortlist.

Speaking of cool buildings, though, here are my favorites that I can remember off the top of my head: La Muralla Roja by Ricardo Bofill, and Luis Barragán's Cuadra San Cristobal
posted by FirstMateKate at 8:52 AM on October 6, 2018 [1 favorite]

Lovely, indeed. I saw this a few days ago and thought about posting it but got distracted by something else. Thanks for posting it.
posted by MovableBookLady at 11:59 AM on October 6, 2018

It's no longer on their website, but I took the initial photo to advertise the Southeast Museum of Photography. It's so '90s, with no vertical straight lines anywhere to build a frame of reference. Just kidney-shapes everywhere.

This is the very highly regarded museum attached to the very highly regarded community college photography program. That seems like a joke, except I was taking classes with NatGeo photogs, and all of my professors had art installations in Europe or megabuck advert money or both. Usually both. With an amazing darkroom and studio spaces. In Daytona Beach. For community college tuition. It's still in operation.

So, anyway. I have to take a picture of this amorphous blob of a building interior to sell it to sponsors. It has a full theater in there, where I had just watched "Stieglitz Loves O'Keefe" which is transformative for a young artist about to become a computer engineer...

I dunno how to do this, so I check out a Nikon 8mm ultra-wide fish-eye lens, because you can do that at this school, Canon and Hassleblad and Mamiya as well, slapped it on my third-hand Nikon FA (WITH the matrix-metering, thanks), and aimed it at the ceiling. Tri-X because we are people of taste.

I had to spend two hours burning in the halogen lights one-by-one when printing, but when I got done, that, my friends, was a photo of a modern museum.

They stat-copied the print for promotional reasons, and the only original I have left is in my Aunt's upstairs hallway and she has informed me it will only leave there when she dies.
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:18 AM on October 7, 2018 [2 favorites]

Late edit - it was T-Max P3200 shot at 800, not Tri-X, because it was dark in there, and also, I didn't have to develop the film myself. Score!
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:23 AM on October 7, 2018

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