HIDDEN CONFESSIONS, CHICAGO: Chicago is one of my favourite cities. I love to wander around and mostly shoot the beautiful architecture. People watching is also fun and I grabbed this shot on my way back from Marina City, just up river from the plaza where the photo was taken. Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens at 120mm, f14, 1/60 sec., ISO 800. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
MARINA TOWERS AND HOUSE OF BLUES, CHICAGO: I love walking around Chicago with my camera. Beautiful and iconic architecture abounds. One of… or should I say two of… my favourite buildings are the Marina Towers at Marina City. They are affectionately known as the “corncobs”. The buildings sit on a platform that also holds a concert hall… Chicago’s famous House of Blues. Beneath the assembly of buildings is a pleasure craft marina, right on the river. The $36M buildings were opened in 1964. In addition to the residential towers and music hall, when opened, the site included shopping, a theatre, bowling, gym, ice rink and other amenities. The first 19 floors of each tower is for parking for almost 900 cars. The 20th floor houses the laundry facilities. Floors 21 to 60 house 450 apartment units, converted to condominiums in 1977. Real estate listings in January 2013 included 2 bedroom units for $465,000 and larger one bedroom units for $300,000.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens at 125mm, f5, 1/125 sec., ISO 400. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
OLD AND NEW TALL BUILDINGS, CHICAGO: Chicago is one of my favourite American cities. I particularly like the careful mix of old and newer architecture and the pride Chicagoans have in their built heritage. There is lots of information on-line that is worth checking out to learn more about the architectural beauty of America’s “Second City.” Chicago Architecture Foundation is a great site and has excellent information about architectural tours. Chicago Architecture Info is another great source of information about Chicago buildings. A View on Cities is a website that features very good basic information about architecture in the great cities of the world. The site contains lots of information about Chicago’s buildings, including photos, year of construction, height, etc. Good for identifying buildings.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens at 130mm, f5.6, 1/1250 sec., ISO 800. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
FALLEN, CHICAGO, U.S.A.: Chicago is among my most favourite American cities. Architecturally, it is one of the most interesting and diverse anywhere. The restaurant scene is fantastic. Public spaces and parks abound. And, like any major metropolitan city, there is also a significant homeless population. Click here for more information about Chicago’s Homeless statistics.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100, Nikkor 18-200mm lens at 65mm, f5, 1/160 sec., ISO 500. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
CANOE ART IN CHICAGO: The Navy Pier in Chicago is one of the most popular destinations for tourists and visitors to the Windy City. It has lots of fun things for families— amusement park rides, boat tours, music and food. It also hosts excellent art, including the Smith Museum of Stained Glass (really worth a visit and home to some of the most spectacular stained glass art in America) and beautiful outside art. In the summer of 2012, I was captivated by Nancy Rubins’ installation called “Monochrome II Chicago.” I photographed the work at various times during a recent visit to Chicago. My favourite time was late in the day when the evening sun added some golden touches to the aluminum canoes. I shot from many angles and particularly liked this one. The odd angles of the canoes against the geometric patterns in the Lake Point Tower provided a contrast in shapes that I found very powerful.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm at 112mm f8, 1/60 sec, 800 ISO. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography