May 27, 2011

Shadow Happy

While traveling earlier this week, I managed to miss my connection flight in Denver.  Because it was the last flight out for the day, I got to spend an unexpected night at the Holiday Inn.  Between the late arrival at the hotel and the need to be back to the airport way too early in the morning, I was running on only about three hours of sleep when I returned to the airport.  I wasn't in the best of moods, but the Denver Airport has some decent photo ops, so I decided it was worth getting out my camera and wandering for a bit before my flight.  Usually my stops in Denver take me to the furthest gates so I use the underground train to get there.  This time, I was leaving from the closest gates, so I used the sky bridge to walk.  It was a good choice.

I came around a corner and discovered that there was an art exhibit titled "Shadow Happy" by artist Brianna Martray in the process of being installed.  The exhibit consists of around 7000 paper cranes mounted to the walls and pillars along the length of the walkway.  The floor to ceiling windows allow for plenty of natural and changing light.  My timing couldn't have been better, the sun was just starting to peek over the horizon.  I was absolutely fascinated by these birds and their shadows.  It was a truly unique experience to watch the interaction between the birds, the light, and the shadows.  I spent a good 30 minutes shooting this exhibit.  I would have loved to stay longer, but I had a plane to catch.  Next month, I have a layover in Denver.  I am looking forward to experiencing the completed exhibit.

Images were created using the Canon 1D Mk IV and the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS lens.

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