This huge sculpture, unofficially known as the bean, was my main reason for visiting Chicago. I had been looking forward to a chance to capture this work of art for many years. My favourite image of the bean is without people around it. To get this I got up very early in the morning before anyone else. After reviewing my shots it does seem less real in a way without people. For anyone who has never had the chance to visit Chicago and see Cloud Gate it is difficult to give a true sense of scale. This is where people can work well in a photograph. Anytime after 7am to late into the evening there will be crowds of people here most days.
As with San Francisco and Chicago (and any big city) I like to get my camera high up and look down on the busy streets below. In New York there are two great observation decks. The most famous is the iconic Empire State Building. The 86th floor offers impressive 360 degree views of the city. In my opinion a view of this famous city is incomplete without the Empire State. This is why I prefer the view above. Taken from the “Top of the Rock” on the 70th floor of the GE Building at the Rockefeller Center. When I first got out of the elevator the weather was dry but cloudy. In the day time this view seems to be more dramatic when processed as a black and white photograph.
“L” or sometimes written as “el” is short for elevated, as you can see from this photograph. The first L train began running in June 1892 making it one of the oldest networks of its type in the world. It is one of the many iconic features of the city and has appeared in a number of tv shows and movies including Batman and Spiderman. Because of the age of the network I felt that this photograph looked best converted to black and white to give it an almost vintage look. This was taken from the back of the Hostelling International Chicago building looking north. The train was coming towards the camera turning from above South Wabash Avenue to over East Van Buren Street in the heart of the Loop area of the city centre.
Walking along waterfront of Vancouver Harbour I came to this sculpture near the Vancouver Convention Centre. This was one of the first photographs I captured in Vancouver, Canada. After two weeks of cold but sunny weather whilst travelling up the west coast of the US, the city was foggy and overcast. Seeing this massive “Pixel Whale” I knew that it was time to get the camera out. Due to the low cloud and the black and white nature of this art it made sense to process the photograph in monochrome, it was practically black and white straight out of the camera anyway!