This picture looks fundamentally different that the previous ones. First, it is taken at a much closer distance. Second, the subject was a long series of white, lighted spheres on sticks. I really like the effect this gives – even though it is very abstract.
To wrap up Theme Week: Shapes I dug back deep into my archives. This is a picture of the Arch in St. Louis, MO. This was a highlight of the trip and seeing the “Gateway to the West” was a special moment for me, as it was the first time I had ever been West of the Mississippi (or even at the Mississippi River for that matter).
I like the architecture of the Bauhaus school. It is known for its simplicity and lines and was a major influence on the modernist architecture movement. I think it also appealed to me because I find the literature of the Weimar period in Germany fascinating and this movement coincided with that time period. I chose this shot because I like the lines and the orderly disorder the open windows bring to the picture. Wonderful shapes here.
I am not a fan of the architecture of the 1960’s and 70’s, in particular brutalism. That said, I do enjoy photographing it. The lines and stark shapes make for some excellent photos. This is a photo of the roof of the Staatstheater in Darmstadt, Germany. It opened in 1972, as the original building was destroyed in 1945. The architect won a national prize for the building. My only comment about it is that it looks very dated. But fun to photograph.
Having grown up in New Jersey, I am well-aquainted with traffic circles. And the thought of traffic circles usually reminds me of stressful traffic. I find that the traffic circles in Germany are usually not subject to as much traffic as those back in NJ, and are much less stressful. And while I am well-aware that a traffic circle is just that – a circle, I took this picture because it was the first time I saw one from above. This was taken from the Munich TV Tower. I immediately noticed the geometric shapes – a circle with four tangents – dominates more than the actual objects.