Chicago’s great architecture poses a series of challenges for photographers. There are the technical challenges inherent in photographing large subjects in varied lighting conditions. And then there are the more intractable aesthetic challenges when one artist, a photographer, confronts the work of another, an architect.
Having visited 235 Van Buren repeatedly, and having seen it from many vantage points around the city, I was fascinated by Padgett and Company‘s images of the building, shot by Darris Lee Harris, and thought you might like to see some of them. My take is that they brilliantly resolve the artistic tension between the photographer and the architect by placing Ralph Johnson‘s lines and forms in the foreground and a vision of the city in the background of the images.
You can form your own judgment about the relationship between the architecture and the images by visiting the condominiums at 235 Van Buren, one of our sponsors.