Details Unforgotten

A cast-iron rosette surrounds a light fixture in the ceiling of the auditorium at Roosevelt Career and Technical Academy in Gary, Ind., Wednesday, September 14, 2011. The auditorium, constructed with the school in 1923, remains largely unchanged from its original design and decor.

There’s a dangerous recipe for distraction for me as a photographer, one that will almost certainly result in me hanging around a location for way longer than I should. Give me a straightforward, visually uninteresting event (say, people speaking before an audience into a microphone). Add in a historic venue with interesting architecture, and before long, I’ll often be found crawling around on the floor or climbing to the highest reaches of the room for interesting angles to excite my visual senses. Of course, this is after I’ve made those “safe and clean” photos of what I was actually assigned to shoot in the first place. This happened to me tonight while on assignment at the Roosevelt Career and Technical Academy in Gary, Indiana. The auditorium and the surrounding hallway in the school, built in 1923, provided a few artsy-escapes from the microphone meeting masters.

Images such as this mark “the transition” from typical meeting microphone head shots to something more unique. At this point, I’ve already exhausted every clean angle of people speaking, and I’m looking for something else. Of course, the newspaper rarely runs these kinds of images, but I file them anyway.

By now, I’ve given up on trying to incorporate the subject in my artsy-farsty pursuits, and it’s all about shooting a few photos for me.

I loved the graphic lines on this stairwell going up to the auditorium’s balcony.


It wasn’t until I got home that I realized there is a piece of this curved handrail missing, allowing one to see the craftsmanship with which it was built.

Posted in Photography, Photojournalism by Guy Rhodes on September 14th, 2011.

2 Responses to “Details Unforgotten”

  1. Oscar says:

    Beautiful….the first one with the speaker is cool!

  2. Joy says:

    Very beautiful pictures. Some really nice work here. Many places like this go unnoticed because of all of the modernization that our society has become so deeply infatuated with. I for one love the richness that buildings like this have and I think you’ve captured it wonderfully. There’s life in these pictures. <3

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