The Changing Skyline

Keeping an eye out for new angles on the Kauffman Center building, I stopped again along Broadway west of Union Station on Friday evening and came away with several shots.

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Paul Burns’ Story, Pt. 2

Brandon Cummins (left), Paul Burns (center), Justin Gardner (right)

Link to Part One

Back on June 23 I did some behind the scenes still shooting for a new short film about Kansas City resident Paul Burns, who was the victim of a terrible face slashing last year, and how Paul is getting by in life. The nature of the crime perpetrated on Paul naturally makes the film slant to a somber note, though the crux of the story is more that Paul manages to keep a good sense of humor and a happy outlook despite what happened to him. Paul, the movie

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B&W Skyline

Three Skyscrapers

I took this in June on Broadway west of Union Station while getting sunrise shots of the Kauffman Center construction. Of course, I had I hopes for a fun color photo here, but I haven’t got my hands on a haze filter just yet. So black and white was called for, since I still wanted to do something with this photo. I had invested too much time trying to take it that I wouldn’t let it go.

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Kobach/Arpaio Counter-Protest

On Tuesday evening (07/13/10) out in south Overland Park, Kris Kobach, the UMKC law professor who helped draft Arizona SB 1070 appeared for a speaking engagement with Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joe Arpaiobefore a supportive crowd. On the sidewalk out front, a large counter-demonstration was held in opposition to the Arizona law and the impetus to enact similar laws in Missouri, Kansas, and other states. There were some familiar faces as I photo-documented the counter-protest, as the KS/MO Dream Alliance helped organize the demonstration. I have met with them on the Plaza in KCMO two or three times in the past for photography of their demonstrations in favor of the Dream Act – which will help ensure a path to citizenship for the now-adult children of undocumented residents who find themselves also technically ”undocumented” despite having lived their childhood and formative years as Americans, geographically and culturally. It was unfortunate that later on in the evening, after I had left, there turned out to be a bomb scare, though luckily it was just an unattended briefcase. Below are several photos from the demonstration in front of the Ritz Charles meeting facility in Overland Park, Kansas where the Kobach/Arpaio event took place.

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71 Highway

Last week while nabbing some more shots looking at the Kauffman Center construction, I turned my telephoto lens briefly to see what kind of shots could be had of 71 Highway and the traffic trails. In this shot my camera shutter was open for 13 seconds.

You can see here how much acreage must be devoted to moving cars around in the downtown area, given the way the actual built-up urban environment has been allowed to nearly be eviscerated over the decades through reckless urban planning ideas centered around the ideas of tearing down the city in favor of easy, happy motoring.

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