I recently finished up my 100X series for 2016. It consisted of 10 sets of 10 images.
The series included:
3. Waterworks Park
6. Oregon Coast
7. State Fair at Night
9. Farmers Market
10. Best of the Rest
You can view all the images larger than life on Flickr at:
For 2016 I will be working on a 10 x 10 project - 10 subject of 10 images each. The goal is to focus more on the storytelling possibilities of shooting a group of images instead of stand alone photographs. My next series is Nomade.
Pappajohn Sculpture Park, Des Moines, Iowa
The John and Mary Pappajohn Sculpture Park opened in Des Moines in 2009. It's located on 4 1/2 acres in the heart of downtown. One of the most visible and iconic pieces is Nomade, by Jaume Plensa. Known as the Letterman by most people, it's become a mecca for pictures and is one of the most photographed locations in town. I tried to approach it with fresh eyes and perspective.
Nomade was created in 2007. It's letters are made of painted stainless steel. It was a gift of John and Mary Pappajohn to the Des Moines Art Center.
I was able to shoot most of these shots on a cloudless day right around noon. Really added to the high contrast I was after.
For 2016 I will be working on a 10 x 10 project - 10 subject of 10 images each. The goal is to focus more on the storytelling possibilities of shooting a group of images instead of stand alone photographs. My first project is Skywalk.
Des Moines, Iowa is one of many cities in the upper midwest that thought building a series of skywalks on the second story of their downtown would make it easier for workers to get around in bad weather. The unintended consequence was that the street level businesses all left the area and for years you could roll tumbleweeds down the roads.
Des Moines is finally seeing the light and focusing on bringing businesses, restaurants and shops back to the street level.
But the skywalks remain and besides walkers and office workers grabbing a quick lunch and hurrying to and from their cars and offices, many little businesses have taken root.
From street level you can see the series of skywalks criss-crossing the major downtown arteries. There are over 4 miles of skywalks in downtown Des Moines.
The skywalks are busy 3 times a day. Early morning, lunch hour and rush hour. In between there are just a few stragglers.
At lunch you'll see many groups of people power walking to pick up lunch. There are also a few loners.
There are a few small businesses that thrive on the skywalk. Restaurants, banks, etc. Barbers can get folks in and out quickly and back on their way.
Stan and Son Shoe Repair and Shine has been a skywalk fixture for years.
Empty store fronts waiting for a new business to move in.
The entrances to some of the financial businesses have put some architectural thought into their connectors.
Looking out on Cowles Commons in front of the Civic Center.
The play of outside light and polished floors.
For the third time, I've completed a 365 Project on Flickr. This year was all Black and White. There are pros and cons to such a project. You get to take a picture each day which helps you hone your eye and style. You also have to take a picture a day which means some days you're scrambling for an idea and end up taking a picture of your socks. I've done it every other year since 2011 so we'll see how I feel next January.