Mid-century wall and windows – getting closer to getting it right

This wall of windows at Milwaukee Area Technical College has caught my eye for a long time. Not sure why, but the starkness of the pattern appeals to me.

Previous photos, like the one below taken through my car window last year at the traffic light on 6th Street looking west on Highland, didn’t capture what I “saw.” In this photo, snapped with my phone on the way home from work, the angle and distance from the the wall itself caused the image to portray it inaccurately, not at all the way I saw it, if that makes sense.

I finally managed to geta better picture (below) last week when I was stopped at the traffic light on Highland facing east into 6th Street, right across from Fiserv Forum. But I felt this photo had too many distractions, like the light pole, the shadow, and most of all the different shades/types of bricks.

It’s funny how the hazy late-afternoon sunlight in last year’s color version made the brick in that older photo less attractive than it is in the picture I took a week ago in bright morning sunlight. But in this closer-up version, I don’t like the weird, patchy switch to that other shade of brick. It’s as if they decided to close up a former doorway and replace it with a wall and window. I’m sure there’s some history there.

So . . . sigh. Although using an editing filter to change the photo to black and white solves the brick problem, I really liked last week’s color version better. If only the wall itself could have looked better, I’d have gotten a much nicer photo!

#blamethesubject 🙂

About Katherine Wikoff

I am a college professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering, where I teach literature, film studies, political science, and communication. I also volunteer with a Milwaukee homeless sanctuary, Repairers of the Breach, as chair of the Communications and Fund Development Committee.
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2 Responses to Mid-century wall and windows – getting closer to getting it right

  1. mworfolk says:

    It’s interesting to read your thoughts on why you couldn’t capture the subject in your photo as you saw it…this happens to me all the time and I don’t really have the language to explain it. I do like your black and white version, but I can relate to the frustration of wishing you could capture what you saw, as you saw it!

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    • It is SO frustrating! And it SO helps me relate to student writers who tell me they know what they want to say but can’t get it to come out in the page when they try to capture their thoughts in language.


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