Playing off my previous picture, I offer up another shot that has a bit of an illusionary perspective.
This is the Wells Fargo (Bank) building in downtown Salt Lake City. The title for this one makes reference to one of my all time favorite Mel Brooks movies, Blazing Saddles. If you’re familiar with the movie, it makes a lot more sense as it applies to this “visual trickery.” Brooks has also been the genius behind other classic comedies such as Young Frankenstein, Spaceballs and Robin Hood: Men in Tights, just to name a few.
Here’s how the movie sets up with this photo:
Set in the American Old West of 1874, construction on a new railroad runs into quicksand. The route has to be changed, which will require it to go through Rock Ridge, a frontier town where everyone has the last name of "Johnson"…that should already be a clue to the humor involved. The deviant State Attorney General wants to buy the land along the new railroad route cheaply, by driving out the townspeople. He sends a gang of thugs to scare them away, prompting the townsfolk to demand the Governor appoint a new sheriff.
In an effort to impede the destruction of the town, the sheriff gathers all of its citizens, along with the railroad workers, 3 miles east of Rock Ridge to build a fake town as a diversion. They work feverishly through the night, and when the sun rises, they’ve completed a perfect replica…but only in 2D, all of the storefronts and shops have nothing more than a phony façade with absolutely nothing behind it but desert.
Every time I’ve seen this building from this particular point of view, I’m always reminded of that scene from the movie because it appears much the same…nothing but a big prop! :)
I have included a WS picture though to show that there really is a back side. hehe
Thanks for stopping by.
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ACL1978 (7511) 2014-02-19 21:13
Hey Jason - poking my head up from under the snow to check in with TE. Great shot - we have a similar building in Boston that can play tricks with the eye like this, the John Hancock Tower. Nice reference, too, to the old movie facades. How's everything been in your neck of the woods?
emka (81954) 2014-02-19 23:00
I have seen some buildings with the same trick - it seems that it is very think as if the building was quite flat. Fine example of this here. Excellent shot. Beautiful colours and reflections.
WArm regrads MAlgo
Apurba20 (984) 2014-02-19 23:30
Loved the detailed description.
Nice shot too.
cargus (8621) 2014-02-20 0:07
Good shot with the image of modern architecture, good contrast, light, excellent color...Well done.
carlo62 (35328) 2014-02-20 0:27
un'architettura incredibile, sembra che la parte superiore sia così sottile da non poter stare in piedi, in realtà, il confronto con le persone presenti, rivela che non è poi molto sottile.
Molto bello il riflesso, che rende la struttura molto più piacevole alla vista.
serp2000 (41012) 2014-02-20 0:28
Hi, Jason, good morning,
Hm, this building reminds me the Flatiron from New York only. Today your post has got some cinematic plaque ;) I like your report, unfortunatelly I don't know these movies. Outstanding photo, perfect sharpness, amazing reflection.
krzychu30 (15510) 2014-02-20 1:02
it´s exactly what I LOVE the most!!!
Views like this and skyscrapers-I can´t get enough of them.And I can only tell you-your composition is superb!
Enjoy this perspective and angle,enjoy the way the glass facade reflects surrounding buildings and sky and finally I enjoy this blue sky as backdrop for the scene.
Perfection in every aspect!
I just can hope it´s not the last of your series.
Take care my friend
Gigidusud (17005) 2014-02-20 4:57
Une belle capture de ce magnifique building avec un excellent POV et un bon cadrage. Superbes les reflets dans les vitres et bien aussi l'autre version dans le WS. Bravo!
Bonne journée mon ami!
Sergiom (63002) 2014-02-20 5:17
On peut certainement se poser des questions quant à la largeur de ce superbe immeuble. A moins que ce ne soit une immense pile solaire qui donnerait l’électricité à tout les quartier environnant.La lumière est spectaculaire.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-20 5:24
Love this shot and your analogy to one of my favourite films, Mel Brooks is a comedy genius. The building does look wonderful from the angle of your shot which is both fascinating and effective. I assume you were not on your "backside" to take this one like previously. Loved the workshop image and the fact that the building looks like the state of Utah - amazing, but then a lot of states have straight line borders unlike the crazy lines of our counties here in waterworld. Buildings resembling states now there goes yet another wonderfully original competition idea big guy. Thanks for you recent e-mail, had me grinning from ear to ear - pass the mayonnaise!
Better go - I think I just heard a horse backfire!
holmertz (42831) 2014-02-20 7:50
This is a great shot and an amusing note. It's a very interesting building with several amazing features enhanced by your POV. The WS provides another interesting view. The clarity and colors are superb.
ikeharel (59615) 2014-02-20 7:56
WOW, high rise buildings becoming this thin as the smartphones went through evolution...
Well chosen the POV, impressive look from the side, make the beholder appreciate the unique archi.-design on.
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-20 8:17
From this photo the building looks like a razor and from the WS it looks like an axe head. Which is your choice of weapon? :-)
I like this one more because it fits the tag of a super slim building like the super slim mobiles and TV they advertise. Your chosen POV creates all the drama. Really unique building. Good photo with excellent clarity and natural colors. Thanks for sharing.
cornejo (33336) 2014-02-20 11:40
Hi Jason, very good picture of this interesting building, perfect pov to fool the eye, very well captured in this interesting image with good framing, good sharpness, light and color. WS nice to discover the deception. Excellent job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this interesting work.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
ourania (33565) 2014-02-20 13:00
the architecture is very intriguing and you found its most exciting and appealing profile, although there must be many other ideas to show its character. I love how the whole building made it into the frame and how dynamic and proud it looks. There's superb definition that adds to a graphical impression and it's great that you combined the effect of the lens distortion with perfect naturalness in the colours plus a street scene. The blue of the sky is magnificent and it's nice seeing it rolling down the buildings too. I also like -and find amusing- the way the cyclist has squeezed into the left corner. The workshop picture is a fine and useful complement. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a lovely day,
mcmtanyel (14567) 2014-02-20 13:29
I was in Salt lake City in 2004, but I don't think I strolled around to take photos. Back then I was more idealistic at conferences and spent all my time at the ASEE Annual Conference. That summer was also the last time i sued a film camera. I have a photo from Antelope Island State Park I posted early on on TE.
I find his building most intriguing. Thanks for uploading the WS photo, good to know they don't erect buildings the thickness of playing cards.
nikkitta (15334) 2014-02-20 13:54
Hola Señor Jason
Not see the film but watched the WS and the building reminds me (color and windows) Le Instituto du Monde Arabe (Paris) as well as the Flamarion building in NY
But this is your city that seems quiet and sure , a ciclist, few people, a nice iron lamp
Gtreat perspective with more modern architecture at the back
So this time an ortodox vertical way of capture, neck in rest
Cheers with a Coke
chrislo (4155) 2014-02-20 14:09
Excellent capture of this very unusual and bold style building. Your perspective is perfect as it gives a real sense of height. It seems you chose your timing for this perfectly, great sky. Good sharp detail seen throughout, excellent colour and contrast with that sky, and very interesting effect of the reflection on the building. The WS photo is excellent addition. Well done.
Noel_Byrne (25788) 2014-02-20 14:48
Backside, heh heh...
Another marvel for me to stare jealousy at as I ponder blowing up some medieval castle to make space for here in soggy old Ireland. It's a beautiful blading and the architect did a great job in creating the 2d illusion. I wonder if they were a mel brooks fan too? Fantastic angle to shoot this from in order to share your vision and thoughts on this place.
I am your fathers brothers Nephews cousins former room mate..
Haha, might have to watch spaceballs this weekend now, it's been far too long since I seen a vacuum bearing maid shaped death star!
npecanhuk (67520) 2014-02-20 15:44
I love architecture (of all styles... of course, some more, some less) and I really enjoy this picture showing that beautiful (post) modern skyscraper!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, vertical format, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
mirosu (15066) 2014-02-20 19:40
This is superb photo of very interesting, tallest building in Salt Like City. Superb view up, excellent reflections in glass façade. I do not understand the shape, but the architect must had reasons why he designed it in the way. It was for sure not there when I visited SLC. I enjoyed your interesting note.
Very well done.
p.s. Referring to my Lucerne photo, you can see more photos from Lucerne on my homepage, here:
macjake (57950) 2014-02-20 19:58
thanks for the WS photo, it gives a truly different perspective doesn't it!
from here it looks like a tall piece of paper!
I see that you're looking UP in your city shots, thats awesome, keep it UP.
I have similar photos like this in Vegas - have you been to Vegas??? You'd get some awesome photo's there my friend! and its so close to you too!!!!
this one is sleek and sick at the same time. I think alot of people would walk this street and ignore an opportunity like this - good eye my friend.
Spring Training is just around the corner!
SnapRJW (31617) 2014-02-20 20:52
Hi Jason - This building had me wondering, it was only when I saw the WS that I began to understand the architecture and realised that it was not as it appears to be. Cleverly photographed and an excellent illustration of gestalt principles. Warm regards Rosemary
adidas5nb (5501) 2014-02-20 22:04
this is a nice and an unusual view.like the note.great presentation and angle.thanks for sharing.
jemaflor (86670) 2014-02-21 6:57
another good photo about these buildings, I like the reflection of the blue sky and of these clouds on the wall of this high building, well capturedd, good quality.
PaulVDV (23041) 2014-02-21 10:45
You've chosen the perfect angle to present us this 'flatscreen' building. Remarkable and fantastic ... and then I saw the picture in the workshop.
Beautiful in this blue-grey combination and with the reflections.
Best regards, Paul
Royaldevon (31339) 2014-02-21 15:05
Things are not always as they seem. A host of modern magicians have taught us that but, apart from the celebrated Mel Brooks film, it's unusual to find buildings doing such trickery.
I have to say, thanks for the w/s, which shows a whole new aspect to the building, and the shape of Utah! English county boundaries never follow straight lines, like this, so it would never have entered my mind that this was being mimicked.
Two great shots which work in tandem. The colours and reflections are particularly eye-catching.
Have a great w/e,
Cricri (108775) 2014-02-23 11:03
Note intéressante....mais je ne connait pas ces films là....j'aime les réflexions, le POV qui donne une excellente perspective du building ou l'on ce poserais bien la question de sa largeur!!!! intéressante images en WS, belle réalisation
L'Autriche je suis contente d'y avoir été, mais il y a eu trop, beaucoup trop de neige, accès des chemins barrés, route des montagnes glissante, même a pieds :-) ok, j'ai vue de belles choses, mais pas assez et puis j'en ai marre de la neige, j'ai eu ma dose, enfin la plus heureuse a été pour ma chienne, le pied pour elle, alors je suis heureuse :-)) et oui il faut bien contenter tout le monde, du moins ceux que l'on aimes
J'ai une copine qui ma demandée pour allée fin d'année avec elle une semaine a Cuba, je ne sais pas, bien que cela me tente......enfin je doit donner réponse en juin!
Passe une belle soirée
worldcitizen (7209) 2014-02-23 12:16
Hello again Jason,
More cool architecture! I really like the "trick" view that was worked into this facade. All of the lines and squares are also sleek and beautiful. This looks like something my little nephew might try to build with his toy magnetic blocks. I like it! :-)
delpeoples (53667) 2014-03-03 0:54
Gidday dear ADB
Yeah this is an optical illusion alright, made more artistic by the vertical frame, the low pov and good angle you got. The crisp blues and sharpness are really impressive and you handled the strong light so cleverly. And excellent shot and a very enjoyable note, as always.
Thanks for sharing
subhendu_bagchi (25913) 2014-03-13 4:25
crysp, clear and colourful one here. I like how you composed it here with such reflected light on the glass, which turned your shot to a successful work. Great exposer management and fine colours. Tfs.
adores (38709) 2014-03-17 18:42
This pov really gives us a different idea about it! Well seen, it's surely a nice exemple of modern architecture and I like the pov and the colours. The sky is great also, I like the clouds and the reflections on the windows.
fotka (3693) 2014-04-17 6:59
A wonderful building and an excellent photo trick. After when I looked at your workshop it clear my mind. Beautiful piece of modern architecture and great quality photo.
kordinator (19438) 2014-11-20 8:03
My good friend and his wife and daughter spent this summer in USA.
There are many words of praise for your country.
Photographed by a mobile phone and making videos.
One can say that you know how to enjoy.
This beautiful photo I was reminded the good life and luxury.
Excellent photo work.