Artist Statement (Gandy Dancer): When I went downtown, I knew I had to take pictures of The Gandy Dancer. It is a building that has a lot of history behind it, as it was once a train station in Ann Arbor. I am trying to convey a feeling of pride for Ann Arbor because this is one of the many beautiful buildings in this city. It was tough to take photos of the Gandy Dancer because there were bouncers and cars outside the restaurant. Therefore, it took a while to get a good shot of the entire building.
Artist Statement (Angell Elementary): I was walking around downtown when I saw this beautiful building. I was surprised when I found out it was a school. In these pictures, I tried to create a feeling of calmness as people are normally working quietly at a school. There were many things that were hard about taking this picture. For example, a lot of people walk in front of this building so it was hard to get a picture without people in it. Also, the building was very big so I had to back up all the way to up the stairs of the building across the street to get the entire building in my photo.
Artist Statement (Law Quad): In my opinion, the law quad is the most beautiful building in Ann Arbor. I knew right when the architecture assignment was assigned that I wanted to do the law quad. It has so many intricate designs and interesting pieces to it and is so big. When I took this image, I wanted to convey a feeling of greatness. The building is very big so it makes you feel great. I experienced triumph when I was finally able to show the scale of the building in my blueprint image.
Doors of Darkness
Artist Statement (Observatory): I chose this building because I like how there is a dome on the top of it. I wanted the feeling of the building to contain patience. I was walking downtown near the hospital when I saw the observatory and immediately switched my attention to it. It is situated on a hill and the stairs were chained off, so I had to walk around and up the driveway to get to the observatory. I felt triumphant when I was able to find the way up to the observatory and the grand entrance with the pillars in the front.
Artist Statement (St. Andrews Church): I knew that when I got the architecture assignment I wanted to take a picture of a church. When I saw this church, I knew it was the one that I was going to take pictures of. I loved the intricate designs on the windows. When I took these pictures, I wanted them to convey a feeling unity because of how all of the stones used in the construction of this building added up to make something truly beautiful. It was tough to decide what part of the building I wanted to take a picture of, but I ended up choosing a side view and front view of the building for my finished project.