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May 20, 2008 / Bo Mackison

Reflections of Two Buildings

Reflections of Two Buildings

While walking the square around the State Capitol, I noticed this reflection in the Manchester Place building. I love the lines. My photo-Sherpa thinks I should entitle this photo the “Squiggly Building”, but then he was born and somewhat bred in Chicago and thinks it a suitable rhyme for the Wrigley Building. (The gum guys’ building – and that building is cool, but you probably wouldn’t know how cool unless you roam the Miracle Mile on Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.)


  1. aullori / May 20 2008 1:28 am

    That is a wicked shot! Honestly, I like these shots ones that say timing is as important as talent. (my timing has sooo been off lately!) Beautiful!

  2. nicole / May 20 2008 2:39 am

    That looks like a piece of art – beautiful!

  3. Joanna Young / May 20 2008 3:27 am

    Very nice! When I was in Chicago recently I took a lot of reflections of buildings shots… we don’t have anything like that over here! (Edinburgh)


  4. onewayphotoblog / Mark / May 20 2008 4:41 am

    Superb reflection shot and nice colours too

  5. Crafty Green Poet / May 20 2008 8:05 am

    the shimmering outlines in the reflection here are wonderful

    (Joanna in Edinburgh, look at the Point Hotel some day, not as much of an expanse of glass but the reflections are similarly beautiful!)

  6. HeyJules / May 20 2008 8:38 am

    Bo, that is really lovely!

  7. Susan / May 20 2008 8:41 am

    Bah! Photo-sherpa! I am so going to steal that…

    Very cool picture, too — I love the rich colors in the reflection.

  8. Gandalf / May 20 2008 9:36 am

    way cool!!!

  9. Pat Denino / May 20 2008 12:24 pm

    I always love the distorted window reflection shots. Always. As a fiber artist on alternate weeks, they are rich in inspiration.
    Good eye!

  10. jpt / May 20 2008 1:30 pm

    it would be cool as an abstract cropping of the lower left half

  11. Bo / May 20 2008 8:08 pm

    Thanks, Lori. Photography is always a gamble, though not nearly what it was in the film and darkroom days.

    nicole – it IS a piece of art, hey Nicole? 🙂

    Joanna – I loved your photos of Chi I saw on Flickr.

    Thanks, Mark. That reflection rather snuck up on me.

    Poet and Jules, Thanks.

    Susan – Do you have a photo Sherpa too? They are the best.

    Gandalf – Always glad to hear from you.

    Pat – A fiber artist – how neat. And you are right – I can see a fiber pattern in the photo.

    jpt – I like your suggestion.

  12. quinncreative / May 20 2008 11:19 pm

    My computer is taking forever to load the image, so I’ll ask–is the Chicago Wrigley building one of the Mies Van Der Rohe’s? I don’t remember. Photo-Sherpa must have gotten quite a workout on the shot. Glad he can be with you.

  13. Bo / May 21 2008 6:02 am

    Quinn -It’s a white terra cotta building, always floodlit at night, a real beauty modeled after a tower of the cathedral in Sevilla. It was built about 1920, right on the Chicago River and Michigan Avenue, very near Lake Michigan. The architects were Graham, Anderson, Probst & White – I had to look that up. But I do know it was the first building, office-type, to have A/C. And it’s about 30 stories high – not much of a skyscraper by today’s comparison.

  14. organicsyes / May 21 2008 9:14 am

    Wow! The difference between the nature photos and this phot of a human made structure…wonderful!

  15. rlovison / May 21 2008 4:58 pm

    Beautiful capture… well done!

  16. Bo / May 22 2008 4:21 am

    susan – I do take photos of things other than nature, though they tend to get crowded out this time of year! 🙂

    riovision – thanks for commenting. I love your gallery.

  17. amelia / May 23 2008 11:08 am

    I think a Squiggley Building is a good name.

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