Gateway Series

July 31, 2023  •  Leave a Comment

Gateway 1Gateway 1Ascendant gateway,
Entryway to the future -
Whether bright or dark
Gateway 2Gateway 2Ascendant gateway,
Entryway to the future -
Whether bright or dark
Gateway 3Gateway 3Ascendant gateway,
Entryway to the future -
Whether bright or dark
These three images are titled Gateway 1, Gateway 2 and Gateway 3 and they comprise my Gateway mini-series. The series represents an interpretation of the Gateway Arch, which is located on the west bank of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, Missouri. The caption of each of the three images is:

Ascendant gateway,
Entryway to the future -
Whether bright or dark

Recently I was driving through St. Louis on my return to Denver from a photo printing workshop and made a short stop at the Gateway Arch. It was a hazy morning which turned out to be good conditions for making images showing the sunlight and its reflections on the arch. I remember watching the arch being built in the 1960's when my grandfather would sometimes take me to a Cardinals game so being there brought back those pleasant memories.

It was fun exploring different viewpoints, vantage points and angles. And as often happens, that exploration piqued the interest of others who were there that morning and wondered what I was doing. That led to a nice conversation before getting back on the road.

Here's some information about the Gateway Arch from WikiPedia:

  • Both the width and height of the arch are 630 feet (192 m). 
  • The cross-sections of the arch's legs are equilateral triangles, narrowing from 54 feet (16 m) per side at the bases to 17 feet (5.2 m) per side at the top. 
  • The arch is hollow to accommodate a unique tram system that takes visitors to an observation deck at the top.
  • The arch was designed by architect Eero Saarinen in 1947. Construction began in 1963, and the arch was completed in 1965.

 


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