Saturday, July 23, 2011

The Ascent

The Ascent, Covington, Kentucky  © Doug Hickok


Charleston has plenty of charming 18th and 19th century architecture, but little in the way of contemporary cutting-edge architecture. That is why I get so excited when visiting large cities, like we did on our road trip to Cincinnati and Atlanta. Metropolises like these have modern structures featuring innovative designs appealing to artful photography, especially abstract photography. Pictured above is a portion of The Ascent, across the river from Cincinnati, an ultra-modern luxury condominium that curves sharply into the sky. It was designed by renown architect Daniel Libeskind, who is also master planner of the new World Trade Center in New York City. Although the overcast sky was less than ideal for a comprehensive view, the soft smooth lighting was prime for detail shots.

Not incidentally, The Ascent could be a metaphor for the ascent of civilization, which can be, in part, attributed to man's ability to master and expand on the art of building the abode.

To see a complete view of The Ascent, see this link.


20 comments:

  1. very nice composition love vertival depth and point of view

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  2. Wow....that fantastic Doug,
    i like this composition and colors very much.

    greetings, Joop

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  3. this photograph has certainly 'lifted' my spirit.

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  4. Great shot Doug! Wonderful lines.

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  5. i love the blue tones in this capture, and the soft and soaring lines! libeskind is a very versatile architect i think - i like his jewish museum in berlin very much, but i can't say the same about his plans for ground zero! a wonderful weekend to you, doug, hopefully with less heat than in the past days!

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  6. Being an architecture buff myself, I like this very much!

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  7. A frame filled with shapes. I love it.

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  8. Have you heard of a tribe called Minangkabau living in Indonesia.
    Their traditional buildings have curvy and pointed roofs.
    Ha, hope you don't read Freud.

    Anyway, this modern building certainly has some ancient elements taken from the Minangkabau people. ;^)

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  9. wow this is modern and so beautiful!
    Léia

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  10. Love the way you've isolated this interesting section of the building, Doug. It does, indeed, make a fine abstract.

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  11. Love this architectural abstract and the accompanying post Doug. Strangely, my mind immediately went to Tetris when I saw the pattern of windows.

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  12. I know that feeling Doug...contemporary architecture is so exciting in its creative, bold and simple lines. And you've done justice to this one with your careful framing and use of the almost abstract tiles of colour. A superb pic.

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  13. sure makes for a fine detailed shot.. nice work.. :)

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