Northwestern University Photowalk, fall 2021

About a month ago, FreshLens Chicago, a photography program for teens in under-resourced areas of the city, held a fundraiser. I’m lucky enough to be part of their advisory board and I also donated a photowalk to the fundraiser. Today’s post is a result of that walk.

I met up with three very fun ladies in Evanston at Northwestern University’s campus where we focused on the amazing newer buildings along the lakefront. We had a beautiful, sunny morning together with lots of laughs and great conversation.

Given the vivid blue skies and bold architecture, I thought I’d be sharing color versions of these locations. However, as I began editing, I think I’m preferring the shots in B&W. The harsher shadows, vivid blue skies going almost black make for some great high-contrast interpretations.

Let’s start with the Segal Visitor Center designed by Perkins + Will. Both the concrete corners and the fabric, sail-like fins on the east side of the parking garage make for some great geometric shots.

Next up, the Bienen School of Music designed by Goettsch Partners. From the eastside, looking up, the corner of the building has some really great lines and angles.

My favorite building on campus, the KPMB Architects designed Kellogg School of Management. The curves here are unbeatable!

The angles are pretty good too. And that contrast between the wood and glass…fantastic!

Our final stop, the brutalist University Library designed by Walter Netsch. The striations in the concrete and the texture they create make this one of my favorite brutalist designs.

While I chose to share only black & white images here, many I did edit in color as well. You can see everything I’ve shot from the day, here. If you’d like to see everything I’ve ever shot here, scroll here.

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