printed on Giclée Epson Semi-Gloss
The source photograph, taken in 2009, depicts the Willis Tower (formerly Sears Building), a 110 storey skyscraper completed in 1973, soaring furiously upward into the waiting sky. The forward facing walls were, at that moment in the day, thrown into deep shadow, revealing little, if any, detail to the camera lens. The side facing walls, on the other hand, were bathed in a light that shone mirror-like off the luminous glass facade. Full of creative potential, the image was 'photoshopped' and the serious work begun! The shadowed wall and its neighbour to the right were cleared of any remaining trace of detail and filled with new colour; the one with red ochre, the other with pure black. This created a dramatic tension with the light-filled facades. All that remained was to add a wedge of glass wall to the far right for the sake of balance, and to allow the sky to seal its union with the tower with a lightning 'bolt from the blue'! Nothing is impossible in Chicago!