This week, Ann-Christine has chosen Creepy as the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. I’ve always had a fascination for visiting old houses, especially unoccupied houses that have a history. We have been to quite a few and there were some where I could definitely feel a presence as though past residents were watching us wander through the rooms, which at times can be rather creepy. One such house was the Lincoln Tallman House in Jaynesville, Wisconsin. We were the only visitors there at the time and although we were accompanied by a tour guide, I definitely got the feeling that someone else was there with us.
Stairways in particular have a strange feeling about them like this one at the Taylor House in Freeport, Illinois.
The chapel at the Cuneo Mansion in Vernon Hills seemed like a place that might get a visit from a spirit or two.
Ghosts don’t wait until night time to make themselves felt, and Glensheen Mansion in Duluth, with its macabre history, was definitely a place where you might expect to feel the chilly presence of a restless spirit.
Another house that had rather a creepy feel to it was the Dole Mansion in Crystal Lake. It must have been a beautiful place when it was first build but when we visited it a few years ago it was badly in need of renovation and many rooms were inaccessible for safety reasons.
The Biltmore Mansion was too full of tourists to get any kind of feel for the place but I imagine at night you might come across one or two spirits wandering the hallways.
As you have probably guessed, I am still unable to get about owing to being on crutches, especially now that we have several inches of snow on the ground, so I had ample time to add a few ghosts to the images.
This week, Patti has chosen Silhouettes as the subject for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. I should probably state at the outset that I don’t think I’ve ever taken a picture of something or someone specifically as a silhouette. They’ve just turned out that way, either due to my woeful inability to manually set the camera to cope with the stark contrasts of light and shade or the failure of my camera’s auto mode to do the same. The following ‘silhouettes’ were captured, however inadvertently, at the Chicago Botanic Garden, Volkening Heritage Farm at Spring Valley, Old World Wisconsin and the Stephenson County Historical Museum in Freeport, Illinois.
This week, Amy has asked us to Frame the Shot for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge. Occasionally, when I’m taking pictures I make a conscious effort to compose a framed shot. Sometimes it happens without me even realizing it. The first two images were captured earlier this year at the Chicago Botanic Garden. The next two were taken at the Milwaukee Art Museum. And the last two in downtown Chicago.
This week, Ann-Christine has chosen Angles as the topic for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge so I decided to use some shots that I had taken in downtown Chicago recently. More specifically they are images of the new Vista Tower that is being built on East Wacker. This 101-storey building will be the third tallest building in Chicago and will house 406 condominium residences and a 210-room hotel.
The chief architect on this project is Jeanne Gang, making it one of the two tallest structures designed by a woman in Chicago. We went down in June to check out its progress and I took a few pictures from different angles, mostly of the south side of the building.
It is expected to be ready for occupation in 2020 and I can only imagine how much it will cost to buy one of these luxury condos which will have a spectacular view of the lakefront. You can just see the top of the skyscraper with a crane extending upwards in this shot that I took from the roof of a building on Michigan Avenue.
I went downtown yesterday to see the Air and Water show which turned out to be a bit of a damp squib (more of that in an upcoming post) and also to check out how things were going at The Vista. This time I got a different angle of the building from the north side of the river. I’m looking forward to taking a few more pictures when the building is completed.
Patti’s choice of subject for this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, Something Old, New, Borrowed, and Blue, proved to be just that, a real challenge, especially since I wanted to try and get everything into one picture. Trawling through a photo file of miscellaneous topics I came across some old pictures that I had taken years ago with my Minolta film camera. I was new to photography and was trying my hand at still-life shots. I gathered some old books, a shiny new copper kettle that my husband had just bought me, borrowed an old violin from a friend of my daughter, stuck some flowers in a vase and started taking pictures. The results were not that great which made me feel rather blue. The film was too grainy, the shadows too pronounced and the reflections from the flash, blinding. But luckily I kept the pictures anyway. I changed the color from sepia to blue and added a frame. This might also work for Nancy Merrill’s Photo A Week Challenge which just happens to be Still Life.
This week, Tina invites us to Take a Break from our every-day routine for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge and what better way to forget all your cares than a visit to the funfair. These images were captured at the annual 4th of July carnival held at Melas Park in Mount Prospect, Illinois.
This week is a special one for the Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, celebrating its one-year anniversary, and we have been invited to choose our own subject. I’d like to do something completely different on this occasion and feature some pictures that my 10-year-old granddaughter took the other day at Navy Pier in downtown Chicago. She was using my SLR camera and did a fantastic job. The only contribution I made was to do a little cropping but the content and quality of the pictures are unaltered. I’m so happy that she is taking an active interest in photography and will do everything I can to encourage it.