The (Former) Washington Mutual Building

Lenny La Rue, IPA

Sacramento, United States

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Washington Mutual Bank was the place where I did banking since my former bank, Crocker Bank, went out of business. Crocker ended long before the current financial crisis and I don’t remember hearing why. It pained me to change from a bank I liked to one I didn’t know but WaMu became a nice place for me to do business.

Enter the Financial Chaos of the 21st Century. Banks are either swallowed up or going belly up right and left. Washington Mutual was eaten by Chase. I’d had a bad time with Chase many years ago and wasn’t amused when it was announced they’d be my “new” bank. WaMu didn’t fail; it became too successful. And in a blink of an eye, every bank that was an attractive investment became renamed and cloned into another bank.

I reluctantly changed the title of the building to add “former” but it is still the WaMu Building to me. Wildly different, extremely unpopular when built, and an actual pain in the eye when the light is wrong, this building has grown on me only after I started photographing buildings. Now it stands as one of the highest buildings in Sacramento and one of the three huge landmarks that create the modern Sacramento skyscape.

I shot this image because of the sky and the way it exploded off the weird reflective surface of the structure. I edited it that way. Then I had a major epiphany with PhotoShop and my entire editing world became a wonderland this weekend. I looked at this building and re-thought the entire concept of shooting Sac Architecture. Two major edits after a lot of careful Selection, ripping out the incredible sky to replace it with stark white, and playing with the Hue control blindly, created something I was immediately surprised to see yet familiar with for years.

Submitted for your approval: one building, tho not your average construction, building in a town created for gold miners to squat by the confluence of two rivers. A building named for a non-existent company and holding a mutant colour change hitherto fore only seen in….

….The Twilight Zone.

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