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:
art institute of chicago
art institute of chicago
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.
art institute of chicago
art institute of chicago
Now, for my favorite staircase. Just love the curves. Again, only having my 70-300mm, my focus was on isolating those curvy details.
art institute of chicago
art institute of chicago
art institute of chicago
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.
art institute of chicago
art institute of chicago
 

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