From time to time I take care of the photo work for political campaigns. On Thursday evening I shot some pics at a fundraiser for Tony Miller’s campaign for a seat on the Jackson County Legislature. 6/6/13, Kansas City, Missouri. Tony’s campaign website: https://www.electtonymiller.com
Because I still get a fairly noticeable amount of traffic to this one post back in June of shots of the Ferment stainless steel tree sculpture by Roxy Paine on the grounds of the Nelson Atkins Museum, I decided to go back and get more and do a web traffic experiment. Sunset on 12/22/2011.
Parting shot of one of the row of trees on the grounds of the Nelson.
During the Fiesta Hispana I had the idea to go hop into the skywalk connecting the Marriott and Muehlebach Hotels at 12th and Wyandotte and see if anything interesting was to be had from up there. I tend to gravitate towards these kind of window/glass reflection things like this, and they’ve actually led to photo sales in the past. Here’s another shot I took down on the street underneath the skywalk just over nine months prior on January 2nd, 2010. In this photo above I’m pointing the camera and lens toward the southeast, though with the reflection coming in from the glass behind me, you can see the Bartle Hall convention Center and a couple of the Skystation pylons as well, although those are actually to the southwest of where I was located. Between the One Kansas City Place tower and the Muehlebach Hotel, you can kind of see an air vent inside the skywalk I was situated in. Crazy visual complications like that get me all excited.
I read a few weeks ago that Ford will be completely discontinuing production of the Crown Victoria, the staple of cabs and police cars, next year. By that, I might grab a few extra police car and taxi cab photographs as I go, while the current new and late model fleet vehicles age and are retired. Many current city scene photos may start to seem antebellum more quickly.
Also, I see the cab business in KCMO has picked over the last few five years I’d guess. Something I notice all over the midtown area that wasn’t as frequent as before, and they’ve picked up a lot downtown also, going by my unscientific, purely visual observations.
Cabs running around. Sounds like it could be some kind of trailing economic indicator replete with both correlations and inversions.
This taxi shot is from my time on Saturday evening at the Worldwide Photowalk. Here I was looking eastward across Grand, where that vast parking lagoon shows what’s across the street the next block over too. That’s another win for Kansas City real estate.
On Friday afternoon I drove down to Warrensburg, MO – my old college town where UCM resides, having graduated in December ’03. This was the first time being back to Warrensburg since fall of ’04, even though it’s actually not that far away.
This statue of the dog that sits in front of the Johnson County Courthouse signifies an old, interesting court case from 1870, where it’s recounted the saying “a dog is a man’s best friend” came into existence after an estranged brother-in-law shot Old Drum the dog for trespassing. Carrie Nation’s husband David even represented Old Drum’s owner at one point as the case was sent around to various courts, eventually making it to the Missouri Supreme Court. CLICK HERE for further info.