“Eos” – by Dessa Kirk

This image is made from a photo I took of this artwork in downtown Columbus, IN. The artist above has sculpted many of these types of works and a similar piece resides in Grant Park in Chicago.

This is my own take on it, with her sculpture composited onto some of my other photos. I like to showcase other types of art with my photographs. Sculpture, paintings, architecture and street art are all some of my favorite subjects.

I do this with the understanding that the result is not “mine” at all, but more of a depiction of whatever that piece of art or architecture might have made me feel like. Of course, all with my own spin on it.




The sculpture

The Races Of Man

Last weekend, I spent a morning here at Holliday Park in Indianapolis near Broad Ripple. I found this place when browsing Google Maps for places to photograph in and around Indy. The ruins that make up the centerpiece for this park caught my attention. These Indiana limestone statues that sit atop the columns here in the park used to reside on Broadway in New York City as the facade of the St. Paul Building. When they decided it was time to renovate, the sculptures were donated to the park that was under construction here in Indy. The sculptor is Karl Bitter and the park is need of help to realize the vision that was intended for these works of art. The reflecting pool is dry and the installation seems to be crumbling away in what is an otherwise beautiful park. Though the ruins make a cool photo, I think it would be even cooler to see them displayed properly. If you want to learn more about the plans for the park and the strange journey these sculptures have made please visit here.

The Ruins at Holliday Park including the sculptures,


Stata Sundog

Give me some unique architecture – the crazier, the better- and I can spend hours photographing it. This place, in particular – The Stata Center, on MIT’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts is about as wild as it gets. Designed by Frank Gehry and opened up in 2004, this by far has been my favorite Gehry building to photograph… so far.


On this day, my brother and I were lucky enough to have this sundog overhead of us as we photographed this complex.


Stata Center- Cambridge, Massachusetts


Photo Details:


Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF8-15mm f/4L FISHEYE USM

Settings: 6 bracketed shots @ f/16, 14mm Focal Length, ISO 100

5 bracketed shots were combined (I tossed the brightest exposure) in Photomatix to bring out the dynamic range. I used NIK Color EFX Pro to work the contrast and boost the colors in prep for NIK’s Silver EFX Pro conversion to black and white. Sharpening and Noise Reduction were applied last and final crop in Lightroom.

Letters From Home

This is my take on a really cool memorial in Columbus, Indiana. The Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial is made up of 25 limestone pillars, each 40 feet high. You can walk in among them and read the inscriptions carved into the rock. They are all letters from those serving in wars this century to their loved ones back home. It was mesmerizing reading these. It’s really hard to try to take a photo of another artist’s work. It’s something I really enjoy – architecture and street art. I just hope that whatever I shoot, I do justice to.


The Bartholomew County Veterans Memorial in Columbus, Indiana



Photo Details:

Camera: Canon 5D Mark II

Lens: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM

Settings: 6 Bracketed Exposures @ f/11 – 16mm Focal Length, ISO 100

This is 6 exposures tone-mapped in Photomatix. I then masked in the sky only from the +/- 0 exposure. I did not want any ghosting of the clouds and they were blowing by quite quickly. Details and grit in the pillars were the result of Photomatix and little further sharpening needed to be done. Black and white conversion was done with the help of NIK Silver EfX, my goto workhouse for any black and white work. Noise reduction for the sky with Noiseware and as always back to Lightroom for final cropping and minor adjustments.