||Whenever I visit a city
I have not been in before, I try to get out with my camera to explore
and take a few photographs. On occasion, taking a few photos turns
into a fantastic day-long adventure, as
it was when I visited St. Louis, Missouri. Like any tourist
visiting the city, I took the elevator to the top of the Gateway Arch
and spotted the courthouse from the viewing window. Walking over,
I took the photograph below, of the contrasting architectural styles of
the historical courthouse and the contemporary buildings behind it -
always a favorite theme of mine. Going inside the courthouse, I
was totally knocked out by one of the most spectacular building
interiors I have ever seen.
Luckily for me, the building contained a retail shop that sold Ektachrome film - I bought
two rolls and spent the afternoon there, shooting the
interior and capturing all sorts of angles in the rotunda area.
All of the "St. Louis" themed photographs on the page following were taking on that single day. They rank among my favorites.
Urban structures and architecture in general seem to lend themselves to photos
taken at unusual angles, and contrasting styles of architecture can make
very interesting compositions. Photos like this make up many in