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The Chicago Theological Seminary Building - The Milton Friedman Institute // Romancing the Stone

Stone and light.The former home of the Chicago Theological Seminary, now home to the Milton Friedman Institute, is a favorite building of mine.Here are a few posts with some more images from this Gothic marvel..Last November, I returned to the city of broad shoulders to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my family. Having an afternoon to spare, my wife and I met with friends on the campus of the University of Chicago and I took few photographs with my good friend Matt.I convinced him to return to the great limestone cavern of the Chicago Theological Seminary Building. We spent some few happy moments taking in the cold, damp and empty hallways and catching up.There's something about these walls that draws me in whenever I'm near. Perhaps it's the echo of steps upon the worn and weathered staircase, bathed in tungsten light; or perhaps it's the smell of many a word wafting from the underground, labyrinthine bookshelves that line one of the last and greatest independent booksellers in the country; or maybe it's the architect's expression of love for a style long extinct, wrought in ribbons of amber light clinging to the ribs of the close and stoney vault.I had long admired the beautiful and thoroughly abandoned courtyard of the seminary. The flagstones were purple and blue with the damp of the rainstorm and I decided to open one of thegreat leaded glass doors that line the cloister and step out into the grey of a gathering storm.I am going to be leading an awesome photography workshop here on The University of Chicago campus on Saturday, May 26th at 8 AM until 12 noon. I have 10 folks confirmed and registered and another few who have expressed interest. This leaves room for you if you are so inclined. We have a classroom in the awesome Logan Center for the Arts where we will begin by sharing a few thoughts on why great images "work."Then we'll do a few exercises and talk about a few tricks to keep the mind sharp and the eye (and camera!) focused. Then we will get onto the meat of the workshop and take a walking tour of several buildings of immense beauty, focusing on making successful compositions using natural light and the architecture. After shooting for about a few hours we will return to the Logan Center and get into post-processing. I am going to teach the participants exactly how to get the most from their images and generate the beautiful effects you see in my images.Price is $150 - drop a comment or an email to get registered!

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Taken on November 27, 2011