Sunday, August 20, 2017

Milwaukee Art Museum Abstracts by Angie McMonigal

A few weeks ago I spent an afternoon at one of my favorite buildings - the Milwaukee Art Museum designed by Santiago Calatrava.  When I teach, people often ask if I revisit locations I've previously shot and the answer is a definite yes!

There are many reasons why:
  • The way you see photographically evolves over time and what stands out from one visit to the next may change.
  • The way the light interacts during various times of the year to various times of day, whether the sun is shining or there's a cloud-cover affects how you see the structure.
  • You may choose to use a different lens which affects how the details of building line up and what stands out.
  • And your mood may be different which can greatly affect how you see things.

On this particular visit, I mostly photographed with my telephoto lens (70-300mm), which I haven't done here before.  While details are often my focus, they stand out differently using a longer lens like this than my usual 24-70mm.  The image above is from the parking garage.  Then here are a few from the exterior:

Lastly a few from the interior:

Angie  McMonigal moved to Chicago more than 15 years ago and has been exploring the city with her camera ever since. Raised in a small town in Wisconsin, she approaches the urban environment with the spirit of someone who grew up surrounded by nature, finding moments of meditative calm in terrain that is always transforming. Focusing more frequently on bold architectural details rather than sweeping cityscapes, her photographs celebrate those unexpectedly iconic elements hiding in plain sight. From landmark buildings she distills the essential lines and textures that frame the city. McMonigal sees these structures as actively shaping, and shaped by, human activity; they are never mere backdrop. Steel and brick towers are presented as quilts rich with history, solid structures soar with soul, and concrete edifices echo the lofty ambition of planners and dreamers.

An award-winning fine art photographer, Angie’s work has been internationally exhibited and published. Her photos have been showcased by galleries in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, and other destinations. Publication credits include National Geographic, Departures, and SHOTS Magazine. She has received awards from the International Photography Awards (IPA) and Prix de la Photographie Paris (Px3), among others.

Angie will be speaking at CAPS- Chicago Area Photographic School on Saturday, November 18th on "Architecture Photography: A Renewed Perspective."

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