Congrats to fellow blogger Maarten! You are the winner of my 100th posting celebration drawing. I’ll be in touch about sending you your fabrikate field notes book, as well as the button trio. Thank you to everyone else who has also left me a comment or like. Between my various social media places I had a nice pile of names to draw from.
It is Friday, and it is my 100th post. Lets celebrate with an early morning photo.
I took a minute to get out yesterday and take a couple of photos. I’m glad I did. This was taken before 7a.m. and the sunlight is beautiful. I love how it rakes across the street.
I am pretty obsessed with the beauty of this church. It’s neo-gothic cathedral was built in the 1950’s. I used to live in an old carriage house that overlooked it, and now my office building faces it. You have seen its steeple in many of my photographs. See the steeple from one of my past blog posts by clicking here.
A special thank you to the owners of the Ledyard Building for hosting me in this year’s ArtPrize which begins September 19 in downtown Grand Rapids, MI. The contract is signed and I am locked in. I couldn’t ask for a more beautiful space to hang my photographs (pictured above). It is the perfect fit!
My new project for ArtPrize 2011
Back in college, I remember doing a semester-long project on architecture of Chicago religious buildings. The end result was a delicate, handmade book full of tiny color photographs. I remember my professor describing them as “small jewels”. I had titled it, ‘Shapes of Faith’. The spirit of these buildings has always captured my attention, and I have found myself photographing them on and off throughout the years.
The photograph I am showing for ArtPrize is an extension of this project. I changed things up a bit. I went back to my preferred medium of black and white photography, and I changed the scale dramatically to a much larger image.
Printing this on acrylic and adding background lighting gives this image a special dimension. It mirrors the theme of stained glass windows that are featured in so many churches.
The foreground and the church itself are under construction. A symbol that religion is an ever evolving experience throughout peoples’ lives.
ArtPrize is a pretty magical time here in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I encourage all of you to come visit. If you are in town between September 21 and October 9, stop by 19 LaGrave to see my work.