Down by the River

Down by the River

Saturday I went on a mondo photo tour. Matt Armstead and I went to Theodore Wirth park to talk Nikon and take lots of pictures. Somehow I always end up with a list of expensive things I need after I talk with Matt. While we were there, Bob Kupbens called and wanted to go take pics of the riverfront. Matt couldn’t go, but I did. This is one of the first shots I took there.

There is some heavy post-processing going on with this pic. The reason for that is to emphasize the design of this image. It is very geometric, and I would love to try and paint this sometime. The group of shapes of the buildings are very rectilinear — a veritable forest of square lines. This is strongly offset by the long smooth curves of the bridge. Also, the stepping down line of the skyline re-enforces the curve and draws the eye down along the bridge. What originally caught my eye was the caissons in the river. Big yellow things in a sea of dark are very attractive.

So why did I do so much processing? I wanted to flatten the image and force the abstract shapes by increasing the saturation, vibrance and contrast. The image now feels like an Edward Hopper painting to me. Which the river front always looked like to me with the railroad corridors and early 20th century architecture.

We also went across the river to see the new Guthrie Theater building. I’ll post some pics from there later this week.

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