Luminous Field

Visitors to Chicago’s Millennium Park enjoy the Luminous Field projection exhibit at the Cloud Gate (a.k.a. “The Bean”) sculpture in Chicago, Ill., Saturday, February 11, 2012.

As a photographer, I felt a bit guilty strolling around the Cloud Gate sculpture (a.k.a. “The Bean”) in Chicago’s Millennium Park while viewing the Luminous Field projection exhibit. Each time I lifted my camera to my eye, the projections by artists Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero presented a wonderfully abstract landscape in light. Add some human beings wandering around in the mix, and you have a photographer’s dream.

So, where does the guilt enter the picture? The reality is, all the great images at Luminous Field were created for me by someone else (the projection designers). True, I found semi-unique ways to incorporate the reflections of the skyline and visitors into the images. At the end of the day, however, I felt like I could have swung my camera around by the strap and come up with awesome looking abstract images of saturated colors. Actually, that doesn’t sound like a bad idea…

Posted in Lighting Design, Photography by Guy Rhodes on February 12th, 2012.

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