Friday, January 30, 2009

Disappearing Arch

I enjoy the Arch on foggy days, when its great mass plays peek-a-boo with us groundings.

Today is a particularly auspicious day for Arch pictures.
The Mildred Lane Kemper Museum houses the art collection of Washington University, as well as special exhibits. A biggie opens tonight: Eero Saarinen: Shaping the Future. Saarinen was the visionary architect who designed the Gateway Arch, among other notable works. The exhibition traces Saarinen's career and achievements, with special emphasis on the history, design, engineering and construction of my beloved monument.

There is an opening reception tonight and I'll be there, getting my 15 minuted of fame: the muesum's director of education contacted me awhile back and asked if they could use some of my stuff on the exhibit's web site and printed materials. Why, yes, of course. The educational resources page of the exhibit's web site has links to my Gateway Arch photo blog and my big Flickr set of Arch photos. There's also a link to the American Institute of Achitects' web feature on the Arch; most of the photos in the slide show are mine. Lastly, click the link to the Eero Saarinen Connections guide and, um, scroll down to page 14, making note of the photo credits and the last quotation.

Feels good, doesn't it?


PJ said...

Well, I'm usually not one for fanfare but I think it's high time someone started promoting your work at the local level. If they deem it worthy for their promotional purposes then they could give you some sweat equity, at the very least do something to promote your photography in return. Seriously.

PJ said...

And the photo is awesome, Archie looks like he walked in off the heath.

Snapper said...

This is easily one of my all-time favourite arch photos, by you or anyone else for that matter. Stunningly beautiful in a quiet sort of way. And tech-wise, it makes a laughing matter of the whole film vs. digital thing. Who the heck cares really? Great picture Bob. Thanks for the inspiration.

Vivian said...

Love the way the arch disappears into the's so eerie in a beautiful kind of way.

Juergen Kuehn said...

I look over your Gateway blog, found awesome photos and pay you a compliment.
It's not easy to make a fave, but this one is the hot favorite!

PS. I should like to link "Gateway" to my Photography & Poetry.