|Structural Appreciation 101|
Las Vegas, NV
This photo originally shared on Instagram
You're looking at some kind of structural flourish at the top of a building adjacent to my hotel in Las Vegas. I'm not an architect or an engineer, so I can't share any more detail: I just knew that I liked how it looked. From where I stood, it didn't seem to serve any particular purpose beyond turning an otherwise ordinary-looking building into something unique. I guess that's what every architect is trying to do in this attention-mad city: Keep ladling on the architectural doodads like pats of butter on a Sunday-brunch crescent roll. Eventually, despite their intentions to the contrary, all these creations start to look, and taste, the same.
In the context of this over-the-top skyline, the seemingly functionless addition did its job: I looked. And I looked again. Eventually, I came back to the window beside the 41st floor elevator bank with my real camera in tow. I zoomed in, and in doing so put the blinders on as I ignored everything else competing for attention in the early evening sky. Suddenly, the lines, shapes, lights, textures and tones all snapped into place, and I knew I had gotten what I wanted.
I stood there, eye glued to my viewfinder, for no more than 5 minutes before I snapped this particular frame. In those 5 minutes, nothing else mattered as I pondered the possibilities and worked the camera until what I saw made me smile. In the middle of a week of non-stop action far from home, I managed to stop time and find a spot that was uniquely mine. I can't help but think this photo is less notable to me than the minutes that preceded its capture. Photography-as-Zen-experience: I could go for more of that. And perhaps soon, I shall.
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