If the photographic evidence of my life is a good guide, it appears that I have been captivated by the skyline (in this case, that of Minneapolis) since my high school days. I started making efforts to photograph the skyline from different vantage points and at different times of day. I don’t think my old Nikon FE and I got much to be proud of on film, but a few shots made the grade. I even built a sculptural representation of a skyline that intentionally mimicked that of Minneapolis when, as a senior in high school, I took a sculpture class and became a little bit obsessed with building things.
This fascination has been a background visual noise until 2011. That year I did, as a parallel and suggestion by my Dad, a “Picture A Day” project. We started on Jan 4 and I didn’t miss a day. What I found, when looking back at the entire series, was that I took a lot of pictures of the skyline. 16 times in the official count of the project it shows up. I then went through the raw files and compiled every picture from the year of the skyline and it boils down to the fact that I took that same picture about 120 times that year. This was greatly aided by the fact that I have, on my drive to work, a perfect opportunity to get that picture. Not sure what I am going to do with all of those pictures, but the concept is still rolling around in my head.
One of the things that I love about the Minneapolis skyline is how easy it is to see from a distance. One of my favorite views is from the east of St Paul. If you are driving east on Highway 94, there is a moment, well before you get to downtown St Paul, where you can see Minneapolis shining in the distance.
I was able to take this picture because traffic was totally locked up. I’m not crazy.
Maybe it is the idea of what the skyline represents that I love so much. The idea of a night life, of interesting and educated people living in a diverse mix, the industrious nature of the mind made manifest, the potential of it.