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Corinthian

Corinthian

Once you notice them, they are everywhere.  Columns, with varied capitals.  Corinthian, Doric, Ionic, even some they didn’t teach you in elementary school.  I love these old-time building facades, with their heavy, overdone, enthusiastic quality.

This one is the base of the Edison Building, on Adams.  The whole building is covered with patterned brick and stone, elaborate arches and columns, even some fancy stone medallions up top.

This photograph has been given a ‘watercolor’ effect.

The implied city

Night energy diffused (along the Inner Drive), © 2013 Celia Her City

To walk this stretch of park is to tread the very fringes of the city.  To the left of the park, with its driving range and harbor, lie only the ribbon of Lake Shore Drive and the Lake.  From the right, across the park’s patchy dimness, lights from the nearest congested neighborhood stream.  In the funny glow of the clouds, the lives of the millions who dwell here are implied.

This photograph has been given a diffusion effect.

Starry night

Starry night

Out in Michigan, we can see the stars.  On our dark street, cars seldom pass, leaving us free to stand out in the middle, craning our necks, slowly revolving, in awe of the starry skies we can see through the trees.

Last night, I took my camera, feeling I was foolish but knowing it does well in low-light conditions.  Here are some of my pictures in their original states, and after adjusting for tone, color, and contrast in Photoshop.

The wonder of color so unleashed made me marvel all the more at what Van Gogh, with his artist’s eye, could see directly.  He understood the wonders of color and light, apprehending their magical dance in a black-and-white sky.

Starry night, with Orion (Credit: Celia Her City)

Starry night, with Orion (original)

Spangled, © 2013 Celia Her City

Starry night, with Orion (state 1)

The blue of night (state 1), © Celia Her City

The blue of night (state 1)

The blue of night (state 2), © Celia Her City
The blue of night (state 2)
The blue of night (state 3), © Celia Her City

The blue of night (state 3)

Reach for them, © 2013 Celia Her City

Reach for them

Inky © 2013 Celia Her City

Inky

Night velvet, © 2013 Celia Her City.

Night velvet

Cradle of color (original), © 2013 Celia Her City

Cradle of color (original)

Cradle of color (state 1), © 2013 Celia Her City

Cradle of color (state 1)

Cradle of color (state 2), © 2013 Celia Her City.

Cradle of color (state 2)

Cradle of color (state 3), © 2013 Celia Her City.

Cradle of color (state 3)

The circle (original), © 2013 Celia Her City
The circle (original)
The circle (state 1), © 2013 Celia Her City

The circle (state 1)

The circle (state 2), © 2013 Celia Her City

The circle (state 2)

A plane, © 2013 Celia Her City

A plane