Landmark Anchors – by Guy Rhodes

Visitors walk beneath the Gateway Arch along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Visitors walk beneath the Gateway Arch along the Mississippi River in downtown St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, July 21, 2016.

East Chicago, IN-based photographer, lighting designer, and filmmaker Guy Rhodes shares photos of the Gateway Arch in St Louis, MO.

Being born and raised just a stone’s throw from downtown Chicago, the iconic Sears Tower has always been a visual anchor of home on the horizon. If I may, before expounding any further, I will acknowledge that I just incorrectly referred to it as the Sears Tower. For, you see, there is only one person I’ll refer to as Willis, and his brother’s name was Arnold.

With my college education occurring just blocks from this stately edifice, I’ve seen her in just about every iteration one can imagine. I’ve seen her after she’s just opened her eyes, with her honey-splashed bronze windows squinting into the morning sun. I’ve seen her shivering in the dead of winter, with cotton candy clouds rising from between her twin ivory spires to fly with the “hawk” before melting into heaven. I’ve photographed her drenched, crying and screaming, waging a lofty melee with lighting bolts and biting gales. At times, I’ve watched as she’s softly slipped away from me almost entirely–all but her legs curling up shyly under velvety blankets of Lake Michigan autumn fog.

Continue reading and see more photos on Guy’s blog.

Pedestrians walk past a reflection of the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Pedestrians walk past a reflection of the Gateway Arch and Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, July 21, 2016.

A blimp flies in the sky above the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, July 21, 2016.

A blimp flies in the sky above the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Visitors at the top of the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, July 21, 2016.

Visitors at the top of the Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis, Mo., Thursday, July 21, 2016.

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