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2016 10 x 10 Project

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.

SKYWALK

 Skywalk 1/10 - Signage- © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Skywalk 1/10 - Signage- © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

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.

 Skywalk 2/10 - Connectors - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Skywalk 2/10 - Connectors - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

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.

 Skywalk 3/10 - Lunch Walkers - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Skywalk 3/10 - Lunch Walkers - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

The skywalks are busy 3 times a day. Early morning, lunch hour and rush hour. In between there are just a few stragglers.

 Skywalk 4/10 - Loners - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Skywalk 4/10 - Loners - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

At lunch you'll see many groups of people power walking to pick up lunch. There are also a few loners.

 Skywalk 5/10 - Barbershop - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Skywalk 5/10 - Barbershop - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

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.

 Skywalk 6/10 - Stan and Son - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Skywalk 6/10 - Stan and Son - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Stan and Son Shoe Repair and Shine has been a skywalk fixture for years.

 Skywalk 7/10 - Shoe Sale - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Skywalk 7/10 - Shoe Sale - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Empty store fronts waiting for a new business to move in.

 Skywalk 8/10 - Metal and Glass - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Skywalk 8/10 - Metal and Glass - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

The entrances to some of the financial businesses have put some architectural thought into their connectors.

 Skywalk 9/10 - View from the Top - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Skywalk 9/10 - View from the Top - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Looking out on Cowles Commons in front of the Civic Center.

 Skywalk 9/10 - Reflections - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

Skywalk 9/10 - Reflections - © 2016 Michael F. Hiatt

The play of outside light and polished floors.