Photographer Julia López captures the “passage of time” in downtown St. Louis | Creators







Photo by Julia Lopez


Before American architects Kevin Roche and John Dinkeloo popularized the mirrored glass facade in the 1950s – turning it into an eyesore of rigor and, in one fell swoop, Ray-Banning the national view of how buildings in medium-sized skyscrapers and high-rises should look like – multi-story structures display character, poise and considerable dignity, as Julia López’s “Passage of Time” suggests (reproduced here).

López, a photographer and videographer from St. Louis, created this 16-inch by 24-inch metal-based photograph in 2019. His exposed image plane gazes lovingly toward the horizon at dusk on Washington Avenue in Downtown West of St. Louis. The establishment of this advantage is ensured by right-hand signage: SIS/Self Inflicted Tattoos at 1328 Washington Ave., Flannery’s Irish Pub at 1324, the revered neon Knickerbocker at 1300.

Above the pavement wet from precipitation and even great examples of masonry in the metropolitan area – the Saint-Louis brick! – tangerine and lemon flash strati against azure in the rapidly fading rays of the sun, in a view that is both painterly in its beauty and poignant in its presentation of an era and aesthetic long overtaken by CGI CBD of St. Louis.

“I’ve always found the city of St. Louis to be a photogenic place, with so many stories to unearth,” López says of “Passage of Time.” “And therefore, the driving inspiration for the creation of this work was the interest in documenting the historical context of the urban and industrial spaces of Saint-Louis through my own point of view and to begin to understand various stories that are took place on these grounds.”

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