On a recent evening stroll, in Uptown Charlotte, this photo was taken. The building is the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. We especially enjoy the Jazz concerts held the first Friday of each month.
This photo presented challenges given the shadow and light contrast. In addition there was distortion, in the angle of the buildings, which is a common challenge with close up skylines. Thanks to photo shop I was pleased with the results.
The buildings in the photo (from left to right) include: the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art … 400 South Tryon … 300 South Tryon … the Bank of America Center … Three Wells Fargo Center … and the Ratcliffe Condos.
This photo was taken near the intersection of East Stonewall and North Tryon, looking North East.
Friday night we enjoyed jazz at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. As normal we enjoyed the music. However, I was especially interested in a couple of comments from the stage which I would like to share. Specifically it was mentioned that “2017 is the 175th anniversary of invention of the saxophone.” Also, another comment was made. Something along the lines of: “John Taylor was president in 1842 when the saxophone was invented. But really, in the course of history, what does it matter who the president was”.
The firebird at the Museum of Modern Art is a commonly photographed piece of art in Charlotte. Given it is covered in mirrors it presents many photo opportunities on bright sunny days. In fact, September of 2011, I shared a self portrait taken from the reflections from the mirrors. However, for this post I chose to share a photo of the firebird in the early morning with the lights in the background.
Notice that the sculpture is a bird-like creature which sits on a perch. Both the firebird and perch are covered in mirrors so it is easy to envision this is something other than a bird … a cowboy perhaps (smile).
The firebird stands in front of the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art in Uptown Charlotte. The photo was taken at the intersection of Tryon Street and Levine Avenue of the Arts. The firebird was created in 1991 by the French/American artist Niki de Saint Phalle. Interestingly the press release states that it is “privately-owned public art” and is a permanent fixture in the Bechtler Museum.