Geometry / by Adrian Galli

 Scalloped Black and White (Marina City)

Scalloped Black and White (Marina City)

Science and math are and have always been favorite subjects of mine. They both make a world of unknowns and mystery into a world on the concrete; things you can either not argue with or must discuss in a rational manor. It is likely why some of my favorite subjects to photograph deal somehow with these disciplines.

Architecture, by definition, is geometry, trigonometry, and art. Living in Chicago, it is one of the architectural capitals of the world and has no shortage of buildings to see in new perspectives and take one art form into another. I've drawn inspiration from architecture. Above all else, one would notice that a vast majority of my photography is surrounding building of interesting or special merit.

These subjects might be the whole building or a closeup of a particular part of the structure, and sometimes it is a rather mundane and otherwise unremarkable portion of a strictly functional construct, stairs for example, but a different perspective shows a beauty that might go unnoticed.

 Light and Dark

Light and Dark

I was asked, "How do you come up with some of these photos?" I was looking straight up while in between two of Chicago's most famous buildings, Marina City. My response, "Photographers often look forward. Sometimes the best pictures, however, are when you look behind you or up."

Marina City is one of Chicago's icons present in the Skyline. Situated alone the Chicago River, it is likely one of the most photographed buildings in the city. Built in the 1960's, the sister buildings resemble corn on the cob. They are slightly retro but also a timelessness to them. Their curved balconies and corkscrew parking garages below the residential portion of the structure always make for an incredible view. I've shot many photos of the building but always go back to find a different perspective or view. 

While this day of shooting wasn't about Marina City, I was waiting for a moment when the sun was just right at another nearby location. Having some time to spare, I walked to these towers and loved that, from in between, one was lit and one was dark only received some light bounding off the other. This wasn't my mission but I loved what I stumbled on; both of these photos receive the attention to get them features on 500px.com Popular page.

 Down and to the Right

Down and to the Right

On the other hand, some architecture would be considered uninteresting. But these are some of the best subjects for photography. These are the photos that draw attention to things one sees perhaps every day but doesn't noticed the beauty.

My mission on the day these stairs were shot was a specific building, the Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel. Scouting the ground level, I found this staircase the took one down to the park behind the hotel. Just a moment when one stumbles on something while on an adventure.