Nine days into a cross country road trip, I stopped in Kansas City, Missouri to see Union Station. It was pouring when I arrived, but when the rain eased up later on, I ventured outside to photograph. The humidity was intense, but I wanted to see a bit more of Kansas City.
Six lane Main Street stretches out from the bottom right corner of the black and white photograph towards the misty skyscraper horizon in the distance. Tall black street lights line both sides of the wet multi-lane thoroughfare; one street light rises prominently from the middle of the bottom dividing the lower half of the frame. When I spied the dark sedan (below and left of center) driving perpendicular to the lanes of traffic, I quickly adjusted my camera to capture the illegal moment. In retrospect, the driver was pulling out of a parking lot, but at the time, the illogical scene was quite exciting.
“Downtown Kansas City” is both a cityscape and a moment of intrigue.
35 mm, black & white.
Negative scanned at 4000 DPI to create a 5614 × 3664 pixel image.
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