Century Twilight

Magic Moment

Published: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, March 29, 2013 at 4:55 p.m.

If you have flipped through much of the previous pages of this issue you have seen that we spent a great deal of time as a photo staff focusing on the resurgent downtown area.

One of my assignments was to shoot “portraits” of the area and its visual transformation. Well, as a photographer you’re always looking for unique angles and compelling light. That led me to the top of the new parking garage adjacent to the Market Street Pub.

As I looked eastward toward Union Street Station, I was less then impressed at the way the old buildings lined up. Before departing, however, I decided to walk to the other side and see the western view. Upon first glance, I saw what I expected — nothing related to downtown and my story. What I did notice was the silhouette of a building boldly standing above the treeline. After a minute, I realized it was Century Tower.

I am accustomed to seeing this tall building as I see most buildings in Gainesville: partially blocked by a bunch of big trees. I know this is Tree City and they are indeed majestic, but trees are a major pain in the rear for photographers hoping to see a clean skyline.

As I was processing all these useless thoughts, I notice the quickly setting sun and how it was falling directly behind the tower. This is the resulting image, which I really like because it shows a scene most people would never see — unless they found the perfect vantage point at the most opportune time.

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