Ranging from the Tribune Tower to the Willis Tower, the architecture of Chicago is impressive even at a glance. You don’t have to know the first thing about buildings (I’m clueless) to appreciate the unique combination of modern and traditional architecture scattered throughout the city. Also, there’s deep-dish pizza and the Cubs. Personally, there is something about the uniformity of skyscraper windows that I love!
The first time I tried to capture the regularity of these windows with a point-and-shoot camera was in New York over 10 years ago. The heat that summer was record-breaking and the photo reflected that. Rows upon rows of windows each fitted with an air conditioner. I had never seen so many air conditioners on one building face! This massive building must have had hundreds of air conditioners jutting out of its windows. I still have that photo printed in my current apartment and whenever I look at it I can’t believe how long ago that was. It also reminds me that there is a striking contrast between the ‘bland’ exterior of an apartment complex and the vibrant life inside. Maybe that’s why I enjoy taking photos of seemingly average buildings.
Of course, Chicago’s skyscrapers are anything but average. They tower over you and block the sun from reaching the sidewalks. Their shadows are so huge you actually feel the temperature drop when you step into one. They also provide us with incredible views of the city! Plus, they’re pretty amazing to look at on their own.
Don’t forget to look UP next time you’re in Chicago! Feeling like an ant amongst skyscrapers is highly underrated.
– Diane –