52 Weeks Of Photo Challenges

A theme based photo blog

4. Architecture

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I knew while I was visiting New York City that I would want to use the theme “Architecture.” But I didn’t think I would be so overwhelmed with so many choices!
I chose the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Wow. It is just beautiful even in a snow storm. I chose to use a couple snowy day photos to show you something I did not know when I was there snapping photos…
The Met
The second photo of the front  facade shows a little unknown fact. It is still unfinished. It was the third addition to the original building. Richard Morris Hunt died before construction began on the famous 5th Avenue façade that visitors have known as the Met’s main entrance since 1902, but his son carried out the design almost to his specifications. Thirty-one pieces of sculpture were designed for it, but a lack of funds left piles of uncarved stone atop the columns which has become an “accepted part of the façade.”
In Hunt’s original design, the four columns were to be topped by sculpture groups representing  ‘four great periods of art’: Egyptian, Greek, Renaissance and Modern. Between each pair of columns sat a niche where Hunt intended to set a copy of one great work from each historical era.”

Piles of uncarved stone atop the columns

Piles of uncarved stone atop the columns

In 2011 The Museum announced that 5.68 million people visited the Met during that fiscal year. It was the highest record in 40 years. I wonder how many people looked up long enough to see that something was still left to finish? Or perhaps they were like me and just overwhelmed by it’s beauty!

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Author: Mindy Towns

Hi, my name is Mindy Towns, I live in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. Along with several friends I have been participating in a weekly, theme based, photo blog since August 2012. Each year we receive a new list of 52 themes. We then post a photo each week that fits one of the themes along with a brief description about why we feel the photo fits the theme. Over the years I have learned a lot about my camera, new photography technics and also a lot about my fellow bloggers. I've peeked into their homes, met their families and traveled to exotic places through their photos. This year I am challenging myself further by trying to become even more creative in my posts. I found the cutest little Playmobil person complete with a camera and a little dog. She is going to be my little personal assistant over the coming months. I'm going to use many of the photo skills I have learned from participating in the photo challenge along with some new photoshop tools I have been practicing. I hope you will continue to follow my blog as I change things up a bit this year. Perhaps some of you will raid someones toy chest or toss something cute into your Target shopping cart and get a little silly with me. If you want to see examples of my grown up photography please visit one of my links listed on this blogs home page!

7 thoughts on “4. Architecture

  1. interesting! … nice to learn something too whilst enjoying the photographs.

  2. I enjoyed your piece of history as much as I enjoyed your photo of the Met in the snow! I did not know it was left unfinished.

  3. I love the photos in the snow! Nice perspectives too. 😀

  4. All the times I have been in NYC, the only time I might have gone to the museum was when I was in grade school and they took us there. I never knew about the building being unfinished. Very Interesting. There is so much to see in NYC, I do not go to the museums.

    • Yes there is so much to see in NYC! I hope to go back when the weather is better! I didn’t know about the Met being unfinished either until I was researching the architectural style for my blog. Now that is the first thing I notice when I see a photo of it.

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