Standing wave columns
printed on Giclée Epson Semi-Gloss
The inspiration for this fine-art print came from a photograph taken with a Nikon D700 in 2009 from a vantage point on the Chicago River. It pictured the base of the Trump Tower(designer by Der Scutt) with its row of external columns running, it seemed, almost along the water’s edge. It was a passing boat disturbing the water that inspired the idea of continuing these bow waves onto the building itself, as though the river and the tower had merged together in some inextricable way; or that the building had, in fact, become its own reflection in the undulating movement of the water. A considerable amount of editing work was done in Lightroom and Photoshop to realise this idea. Distorting filters, various selection tools, colourising, sharpening and posterising, Photoshop was put to full use to achieve the final painterly appearance of the print. The waves washing across the Chicago River may be moving in time but in this space they are rigid and unmoving. They are standing waves.