Monday, May 17, 2010

The first and last

Good morning, Elgin

I spent the better part of the day yesterday photographing landmarks in Elgin, illinois as part of the Elgin 1440 photography event. Sponsored by the city's Cultural Arts Commision and a local newspaper, the event is designed to capture a day in the life of a city through the eyes and cameras of its inhabitants. The numeral 1440 refers to the number of minutes in a day.

I started the day at about 5:00 a.m. intending to catch the sunrise from the downtown area. While en route by car to downtown, the sky lit up with a sun pillar, a phenomenon where the first rays of sunlight beam straight upward in a pillar of light. Being in a moving car and not able to easily switch from the wide angle lens to a telephoto, I did not get a clear shot of the pillar. Ah, well. I hope someone else did.

I'm posting one of the first photographs of the day and one of the last. The photo above is the Elgin skyline at sunrise, featuring the Elgin Tower Building. The photo below is of the newly built Sherman Hospital at dusk with its geothermal lake in the foreground. In between were about 200 assorted pictures of places and people doing their thing on a pleasant spring Sunday in Elgin.

Sherman Hospital, Elgin, Illinois

At midday, I met a reporter from the local paper who chatted with me for a bit about the 1440 Event and my part in it. The result of that conversation is a mention in the lead of a story in today's paper and a couple of quotes from me. Nothing terribly profound, I'm afraid, but at least they spelled my name right.

News story on Elgin 1440.

Photographs © 2010 James Jordan.

4 comments:

Steve said...

Looking forward to seeing more of this year's 1440 from you. Excellent work as usual. I would be interested to see a smattering of what you submitted to the Door County gallery this year as well.

Tulsa Gentleman said...

"The only bad publicity is no publicity". P.T. Barnum

Suz said...

Amazing photos, as always! I forwarded the post to a friend from Elgin.

Erik said...

Wonderful lightplay in these. I say that like it doesn't happen often in your work. I love your use of light.