top: Jane Byrne Circle Interchange Reconstruction Project #8944 – Chicago 2016
above: Arkadia Tower – Chicago 2017
Jane Byrne Circle Interchange Reconstruction Project #8982 – Chicago 2016
I’ve been documenting the Jane Byrne Reconstruction Project in Chicago for more than a year and in the fall of last year it was clear that because all the images I’d made of the project up to that point had been made at ground level, there needed to be a few images made from above looking down at the site to provide some context and perspective. But getting a high-resolution camera up high, over a major city at night can be a little difficult. However, the bigger problem was that my exposures for this project were all between 3 and 10 seconds, which obviously ruled out a drone. But it’s probably illegal to fly a drone at night, in downtown Chicago anyway! So after doing more scouting, I found that there was only one high-rise with an outside balcony and enough altitude, but near enough to the reconstruction site so I didn’t have to use anything longer than a 70 – 200mm lens – Arkadia Tower. It took a few months but when the green light was finally given to me in late October, I was elated and very grateful. It meant that I could finally get the overhead perspective I wanted by going up to the 35th floor penthouse at magic hour, and photographing the project from above. Thank you, Nicole.
Canon 5DS R with Canon 24-70mm f 2.8 & Canon 70-200 f 2.8 zooms
Chicago cell phone panorama
Flyover ascending #28 – 2016
Jane Byrne #8974 – 2016
Writing has laws of perspective, of light and shade just as painting does, or music. If you are born knowing them, fine. If not, learn them. Then rearrange the rules to suit yourself.