Architecture Photowalk in Chicago with Angie McMonigal

Architecture Photowalk in Chicago with Angie McMonigal

While I was at the Out of Chicago conference (see my previous article), I attended Angie McMonigal‘s architecture lecture and photowalk. I met Angie during the conference and she is a very cool and very talented photographer. Her architecture photography is simply stunning!

Funnily enough, it turned out our presentations had a lot of similarities (though mine was on cityscapes). I got very inspired with her images and she made me want to shoot more fine art architecture. I shoot commercial architecture and when I shoot fine art, it is usually with long exposure. But I really want to get back to some more abstract and conceptual images like the one at the top of this article.

If you don’t know Angie McMonigal, check out her work! She has some beautiful shots of Chicago and couple of other cities.

After the lecture, she led a photowalk through the Loop in Downtown Chicago. Our first stop was Federal Plaza with Calder’s Flamingo. I took the opportunity to shoot the whole group:

Archiwalk | Federal Plaza - Chicago, IL

Archiwalk | Federal Plaza – Chicago, IL

Around the plaza, there are two buildings by famous architect Mies Van Der Rohe: the Kluczynski Federal Building and the Dirksen Federal Building. While most people don’t like Van Der Rohe’s architecture, I find these buildings quite fascinating. We have a group of 5 buildings like that in Toronto and I really want to get great architectural shots of them.

Diagonals | Federal Plaza - Chicago, IL

Diagonals | Federal Plaza – Chicago, IL

Then we headed to the Chase Tower. I chose to focus on the ground level and the stairs, almost like street photography:

Urban Lines | Chase Tower - Chicago, IL

Step By Step | Chase Tower - Chicago, IL

Step By Step | Chase Tower – Chicago, IL

Black & White | Chase Tower - Chicago, IL

Black & White | Chase Tower – Chicago, IL

We finished the photowalk around the Deloitte building, which has the most fabulous lobby. I had time to take a few interesting images before I got kicked out by security:

Converging | 111 South Wacker Drive - Chicago, IL

Converging | 111 South Wacker Drive – Chicago, IL

Glass Curtain | 111 South Wacker Drive - Chicago, IL

Glass Curtain | 111 South Wacker Drive – Chicago, IL

Rays | 111 South Wacker Drive - Chicago, IL

Rays | 111 South Wacker Drive – Chicago, IL

A big thanks to Angie for sharing her vision and leading us through the city. I’ll be sure to attend her lecture at next year’s conference.

I’ll also be shooting more of this style in the coming months, so stay tuned!

1 Comment

  • Angie July 18, 2015 5:12 pm

    Excellent images, Michael! And thank you so much for the mention

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