This week’s Alphabet With A Twist, part of Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, is any C word with 4 or more letters. Rather than finding a bunch of random things that begin with the letter C, I thought I would post a bunch of random things under the single heading City of Chicago.
When my daughter and I first emigrated to the USA back in the early 70’s I missed my home, family, friends and country. I was born and raised in London and even after we moved out to the suburbs I would still spend a lot of my time in town so when we came to Chicago I clung to the city like a drowning man clings to a straw. It was the only thing with which I could identify. Admittedly there wasn’t the history but there were large buildings (very large buildings,) shops, a river and the people.
Just as I had spent many hours walking around the City of London, so I’ve trekked many miles through the City of Chicago over the past forty or more years, only these days with a camera. It has become a home, of sorts, never completely replacing dear old London but a place where I feel as close to home as I ever will, now.
These images are just some of my favorite shots; the pictures that show what Chicago means to me now that I have had a chance to get to know it. The buildings, the river and the people.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: C – The C word needs to be at least 4 letters in length
Cee’s Alphabet Challenge, the subject for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge, asks us to show a color beginning with B. My choice for this one was bronze if for no other reason than that I have a ton of images of bronze artwork that were captured at the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan and I thought this would be a good opportunity to share them. Despite the fact that all these sculptures are made of bronze, they are slightly different in hue and texture and the subjects themselves certainly give one food for thought.
Two Bears by Marshall Fredericks.
Mad Mom by Tom Otterness.
Sleepwalker by Kiki Smith.
Light of the Moon by Igor Mitoraj.
Espaliered Girl by Laura Ford.
Disc in the Form of a Desert Rose by Arnaldo Pomodoro.
Listening to History by Bill Woodrow.
#25, one of a pair of figures by Hanneke Beaumont.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Colors that start with the Letter B
Jennifer’s subject for this week’s One Word Photo Challenge is horse, and there are plenty of images of real horses in the photo files but I decided on something a little more spectacular for this particular challenge.
This equine colossus is on display at the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The American Horse was created by sculptor Nina Akamu and was inspired by a much earlier work by Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci.
The 24ft bronze sculpture was cast in 52 pieces, welded together into 7 main sections and assembled onsite around a stainless steel armature that goes well below ground level. To give you some idea of the scale of this giant horse, my husband, who is 6ft 3ins tall, only just reaches its knee.
For more on Jennifer Nichole Wells’ OWPC go to This Week’s Challenges: August 6 – 12 (OWPC & WW)
This week Cee invites us to take a view from the side for her Fun Foto Challenge. I try to take pictures from as many different angles as possible which includes from the side.
Side view of one of the heads sculpted by Jaume Plensa, on display at Millennium Park in downtown Chicago.
Two yachts racing side by side at Lake Opeka in Des Plaines.
An interesting mural on the side of a building in Lexington, Kentucky.
The side of a vintage car at Bluesmobile Cruise Night in Mount Prospect.
A side view of the great Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.
A wild turkey showing its best side at Cantigny Park in Wheaton, Illinois.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/03/14/cees-fun-foto-challenge-view-from-the-side/
Things are looking up! At least they are for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. Once I got started on this one, I couldn’t stop, so I’ve tried to limit myself to just a few of the images that I found in the photo files. We’ll be traveling around quite a bit for this challenge, starting with downtown Chicago.
Looking up at ‘the beehive’ atop the Metropolitan Tower on Michigan Avenue and ‘The Spearman’, one of two bronze statues standing as gatekeeper on Congress Plaza.
Looking up at a chandelier in the State Capitol Building in Cheyenne, Wyoming.
Looking up at a rather fierce-looking statue of an eagle, looking down at us at the Lee Yawkey Woodson Art Museum in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Looking up at the trumpeter atop the Mormon Temple in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Looking up at George Washington on Mount Rushmore, South Dakota.
Looking up at a giant lantern at the Chinese Lantern Festival in the Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, Missouri.
And lastly, looking up at the trees on the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina.
For more on Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/28/cees-fun-foto-challenge-looking-up-at-things/
The subject for Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge this week is glass and going through the photo files I came across a few items that I thought might work. It’s funny how, when you see the theme for a certain challenge, you wish you’d taken pictures of some things you’d seen that would have been great! Oh well! If only we could see the future as easily as we can see through glass. For more on Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/02/09/cees-black-white-photo-challenge-glass-2/
Chihuly artwork at the Visitors Center in Columbus, Indiana.
Too much time on my hands; this was a photographic experiment that I set up on a dreary day just for something to do.
A stained-glass window from the former Ottawa Street Methodist Church which is now part of the Joliet Area Historical Museum.
Glass ceiling at the Conference Center in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Glassware on display at The House On The Rock in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Paperweights on display at The Art Institute in Chicago.
Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge gives us the perfect opportunity to share pictures that don’t really seem to fall into any particular category. This piece of whimsy caught my eye outside a local electronics store last fall. For more on Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge go to https://ceenphotography.com/2017/01/29/cees-odd-ball-photo-challenge-january-29-2017/