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.

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