#photogohjo: 2017 Charlotte Pride

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In just ten years, Charlotte Pride has grown to become one of the city’s largest outdoor festivals. This year’s event saw more than 150,000 people attending the two-day festival that stretched along the South Tryon St. in Uptown Charlotte. Here are a few stills from Saturday afternoon.

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Pride makes for good images because of the bright and vibrant colors and equally colorful characters. It’s quite the departure from a normal day in Uptown Charlotte where the blue Oxford shirt keeps a steady strangle hold.

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The juxtaposition of church and a celebration of gay pride is one that the presence of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Uptown makes easy to portray.

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Of course these guys were there. Compared to some of the more extreme versions of this ideology that have played out recently elsewhere, their interactions felt more like comic relief. I have to give them credit, they took a lot of shit and didn’t stand down.

 

365 Days of Modern Art

It’s been a little more than one year since I started my job at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. In that time, I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to photograph the gorgeous Mario Botta-designed building on the southern side of Charlotte’s Uptown. I’d like to share a few of my favorite photos of the museum with you. This is the first of several photo essays on the Bechtler.

The Bechtler Building

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The precise geometry of the building’s architecture can lead to some interesting optical illusions.

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You can see the sparkled reflection of the Firebird against the bottom of the fourth floor in the early morning.

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The cantilevered fourth floor column, like the rest of the museum, looks its best at night.

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The right arch of the Firebird against the terra cotta exterior of the museum at night is gorgeous.

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The cantilevered fourth floor column looks its best just before the sun rises.

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The genius of the Bechtler’s design is the way the southern sun plays off of the different angles. It’s a new image at each hour of the day, every day.

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The fourth floor column with Sol LeWitt’s Wall Drawing #995