Fountain at Hart Plaza


Fountain at Hart Plaza,  jejules 

(From Detroit’s Sacred Places Flickr Photo Contest)

This photograph reminded me of Charles Sheeler’s photograph, specifically from a series of River Rouge Plant images which were exhibited at the Detroit Institute of Arts in 2004. In this series, Sheeler documented Ford Motor Company’s plant at River Rouge (1927). Sheeler captured the beauty and precision of the industrial structures and machinery. What I liked about this image was that Sheeler was able to capture the sacredness through his sensitivity and his deeper observation of the subject matter.
In your photograph I really enjoyed the composition, the format and cropping, which creates a sense of the discovery of a new world. I also liked the use of black and white process in this image – I have always loved the look and feel of black and white photographs. I feel the sacredness because of this image – because the fountain has been photographed, and not necessarily because of where it is. This is a definite collaborative moment between photographer, camera, and subject.
Your image definitely captured the beauty and precision of the sculpture and its reasons or purposes. This image of fountain and water, somehow overlaps with religious place or like a spiritual monument. I love the strong horizontal line dividing the water fall (which acts a bit like a curtain, maybe hiding something very special?) and pavement and also love that blurriness at the front of the image. Those little details create a dynamic photograph.

Thank your for posting your photograph.

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