I spent a sunny Sunday photographing the Government Service Center and a couple of nearby buildings in Boston’s Government Center area. I previously posted photos from this session featuring Paul Rudolph’s Brutalist masterpiece, the Government Service Center. This post features shots of the surrounding area.
Boston City Hall, designed by architects Gerhard Kallmann and Michael McKinnell, is one of the best known examples of Brutalist architecture in the United States. Completed in 1968, the new City Hall replaced old City Hall, “one of the first buildings in the French Second Empire Style to be built-in the United States and now one of the few that survive” (which I featured in a recent post).
And here are a few shots of the area around the Government Service Center, including the adjacent Edward Brooke Courthouse, designed in the late 1990s by the same firm that designed Boston City Hall more than thirty years earlier (now Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood).
The full set may be seen here, on Flickr.
The City of Boston contracted with luminARTZ and artist Anthony Bastic (who produced the Vivid Sydney Light Walk and Lights of Christmas projections in Australia) to project a 3-D light show onto the Boston Public Library in Copley Square, with music. Despite the rain, I watched while the Twelve Days of Christmas and the Nutcracker Suite filled Copley Square with music while visions of light danced on the library facade on Saturday, the first of four performance nights. I only had my iPhone but took a few decent shots, including the ones posted here.
More on this holiday show, titled “The Mayor’s Celebration of Lights,” in this Boston Globe article. According to the Globe:
Boston’s light show comes amid a United Nations proclamation declaring 2015 the International Year of Light. The UN is emphasizing the critical role light plays in people’s daily lives and the impact it has on the cutting edge of modern day science.
Happy Holidays #iPhoneography
Nice start to a hectic day . . . a magical rainbow greeted me just after I got to work. Oh, and that’s Paul Rudolph’s brutalist masterpiece in the foreground (the most misunderstood building in Boston).
October is a great month for catching rainbows from my work window (although they typically appear following late afternoon thunderstorms or sun showers). See this “it’s raining rainbows” post about October rainbows a couple years ago. And then there’s this shot from 2008 (same window, different view):
I recently came across this old (2012) photo of a very foggy Boston night which I never got around to posting. Using a tripod, I shot this from the Massachusetts Ave Bridge looking across the Charles River to Beacon Hill. I decided this dark and foggy shot could see the light of day, as it were. Although the photo is not all that striking, the light illuminating the heavy, misty air, the partially shrouded buildings, and the nearly glowing Statehouse Dome provide interest and make this shot a keeper.
More snow for Boston! The second significant snowfall in this young month of March (on top of 100+ inches of snow for Boston thus far this winter). A quick shot of the Massachusetts State House, aka the “new State House” (built 1795-1798, with many subsequent additions), while walking home in surprisingly heavy snow last night (after being stuck late at work). This turned out pretty well for a nighttime iPhone shot. #iPhoneography #neverendingwinter
. . . and snow it starts again. iPhone shot, this.A quick
So, this is what it looks like to get 6 feet of snow in less than 3 weeks. I took this quick iPhone shot while walking home a couple of nights ago. The street lights did a good job illuminating the snow mounds and huge (ice dam) icicle, while creating shadows among the path between the mounds. Harcourt Street Back Bay/South End, Boston.
Oh, and about that 6 feet of snow: Boston has received more than 6 feet of snow in the past month, AND another blizzard with heavy snow and a foot or more of accumulation is one its way tomorrow and Sunday.
Stay thirsty, my friends.
one of the photos on the Flickr Blog post Snowmaggedon 2015
A nice surprise. This shot along the Southwest Corridor Park in Boston was among the photos featured on the Flickr Blog post: Snowmaggedon 2015, New England Edition. It’s one of the shots I took as mega snowstorm Juno was winding down (the storm dumped more than two feet of snow on Boston). And make no mistake, being featured on the Flickr Blog results in a ton of page views to your Flickr site: this photo received more than 24,000 views the day of the Flickr Blog post. It now has more than 28,000 views. Not bad!
Snowstorm Juno lived up to the hype in Boston, which got over 2 feet (26.1″) of snow and saw blizzard conditions. Parts of MetroWest Boston and central Massachusetts got 3 feet of snow, give or take a few inches. I went out for a stroll in my neighborhood at dusk, as the mega storm was winding down. Although there were not a whole lot of folks out and about, there were several kids and adults sledding in Titus Sparrow Park, or even on one of the huge mounds of plowed snow along the Southwest Corridor Park (as seen by two kids in one of the photos below).
This guy across the street was the first to dig out his car (a few hours before the storm started to wind down). It’s hard to tell, but there are cars behind him totally covered in snow.
This iPhone shot turned out rather nicely. Walking past the fountain next to the Christian Science Center reflecting pool in October, I was struck by how the late afternoon sun illuminated the fountain and cast long shadows. The shade and shadows from the surrounding trees yielded vignetting without post-processing (although I bumped the vignetting up a bit afterward). I didn’t really expect my iPhone to do justice to the magically lit scene and headed off the subway after snapping this and forgot to check it out until a few weeks later. When I finally remembered the photo, I was stunned by how well it came out. As they say, the best camera is the one you have with you. And in most cases, that’s my iPhone.