Here is a image from last summer when a thunderstorm had blown thru Madison Indiana and left that great light you don’t see very often what I like to call storm light. Storms that time of the year usually form and blow thru late afternoon and evening which is usually sweet light anyway but throw a storm into it and watch that light then !!!
I sat out the storm at home but walked down to main street and waited for the light to shine thru. And low and behold it came out just like I was hoping, main street was washed in a warm soft light that added a golden touch to everything it touched. The same image in regular light would have not been very interesting but this light changed everything and added a beautiful dimension to the picture.
I hope you enjoy the image and thanks for taking the time to stop by and take a look.
In the time I have been away from this blog many things have happened in our community of Madison Indiana and one of the great things was the opening of the new Madison Milton bridge. Many who had traveled the old bridge can tell stories of how bad it shook or meeting a large vehicle coming from the other direction and thinking you wouldn’t make it thru, and there were many mishaps on the bridge as well.
But all that changed with the new bridge. The lanes are very wide and it has a great pedestrian walkway built on the outside of the bridge as well. So travel over the new bridge has a totally different feel than the old one. But the old one had some pretty cool character to it and it was great to photograph as well.
So I thought I might start sharing some photos of the new bridge just so you can see for yourself in case you never get to drive over it. This image came last winter and I really like how the bridge was throwing down that great shadow over the landscape. With the snow and cold I thought it was best processed as a black and white conversion to show the mood in the valley that day.
I will share more in the days ahead and I hope you enjoy this image and thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!
Thought I would share more from that wonderful morning where the light just wouldn’t quit and I was able to create numerous images of that awesome experience. Being outdoors in search of photographic opportunities is always a good thing but when you combine it with fantastic light and it becomes really special.
This one was taken when the fog had still not quite began to burn off and what little light was getting thru added a surreal touch to the trees that I was using as my subject. I actually came away with what I was looking for in that moment and thru the years I have found that is a hard thing to do.
I hope you enjoy the image and hopefully you can find a morning like this one and be able to experience that special light that doesn’t come around very often. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my work.
I have spent a lot of time on this blog talking of the virtues that Madison Indiana and the surrounding area have been for my photography work and for the great places to see when you visit, but now I would like to talk about a few of my friends who are incredible artist in their own right.
I will try to share few with you every now and then and show you a sample of their work and a link to their sites. There are far too many to share in one post so tonight I will start with one that is a favorite and a good friend as well.
Eric Phagan is a Madison resident who has studied from Paris to North Carolina and is represented by well known galleries and has actually opened his own gallery in Madison named Gallery 115 you can check out the pics and other info from the link I provided.
Here also is his website with his artist statement and biography
I am not a true student of Art but I do know what I like and Eric’s work is definitely a favorite of mine. If you are in the area you should really take the time to visit his gallery on Main Street in Downtown Madison Indiana. It’s a wonderful place to view his beautiful work and they have a great Cafe as well that serve sandwiches and desserts, Eric is always around as well and is very accessible with a great personality.
So here are a few samples of his work starting with his paintings and ending with his sculptures.
I did something a little different this year, I worked with TRI KAPPA on their annual Tour of Homes here in Madison Indiana photographing some of the beautiful Historic Homes that grace our hometown. All the homes were beautiful in their own right but one stood out against all the rest and that’s the Charles L. Shrewsbury House.
According to Wikipedia just because I am lazy today..
The Charles Shrewsbury House, also known as the Shrewsbury-Windle House, is the 1848 Greek Revival home of Charles Shrewsbury, a salt-barge riverboat captain, flour manufacturer and pork merchant. Shrewsbury was also the mayor of Madison. The house was designed by Francis Costigan. The Shrewsbury house has twelve rooms, thirteen fireplaces and a fifty-three step spiral staircase. The floor to ceiling windows are thirteen feet tall. A man on horseback could easily step through the enormous front door.
Architectural historians have ranked the house’s free-standing spiral staircase as the most impressive part of the interior. Built of pine stairs and cherry railings, the staircase ascends from the middle of the house, supporting its own weight. Aside from allowing access to the second floor, the staircase helps to cool the house: hot air from the first floor can rise through the stairwell and leave the house through the attic windows.
Francis Costigan, the architect of the Shrewsbury house and the nearby Lanier Mansion, was one of America’s outstanding architects of the mid 19th century. He was born in Washington, D.C. about 1810 and worked as a carpenter builder in Baltimore prior to moving west and settling in Madison in 1837. Madison was growing prosperous, and Costigan designed and erected residences and other buildings for its leading citizens. In 1851, Costigan left Madison for Indianapolis. All of his work in Indianapolis has been razed. Other extant examples of Costigan’s work in Madison include the Costigan house and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.
Doing this type of Architectural photography here in Historic Madison should be a no brain er with all the wonderful structures that line our streets but until now I never really had any interest, but after seeing these beautiful homes I plan on changing that !!
If you didn’t have reason enough to visit our beautiful area here is more reason for a visit. Thanks for stopping by and taking a look !!