Always one of my favorite locations in Chicago, both architecturally and personally, is the Art Institute of Chicago. I took my students from the architecture series class I taught at Chicago Photography Classes there a few weeks ago.
I typically take them to three staircases in various parts of the museum to create images that either fit together among all locations or simply from one location. This time, I came away with 4 different mini-series. One from each staircase + an unexpected archway.
Some geometric details from the grand staircase:
Just beyond my favorite staircase (those shots coming soon), I spotted these great arches. I couldn’t pass up the amazing light, tones and layering. Can’t believe I’ve never noticed these before. Plus, given I only had my 70-300mm lens with me, it made composing the shots how I envisioned an easy task.
Now, for my favorite staircase. Just love the curves. Again, only having my 70-300mm, my focus was on isolating those curvy details.
The final stop was the Renzo Piano designed Modern Wing and the staircase in this section. I find this one the most difficult to photograph, but managed these two geometric details from the underside of the stairs. I do like the warm wood tones and white together so I opted to keep these in color.