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.