Minneapolis is a troubled city these days; some dark clouds hang over it.
The problems facing Minneapolis today are shared by other big cities, and they’re well known. Downtown has lost vitality, the streets are often grim.
But it’s not over. Big cities have ups and down as the years roll by. For every boom, there’s a bust, then the cycle repeats. Recovery can take a long time but better days will return.. The future is never what we think it will be, either good or bad; things always head off in new and unexpected directions. Count on it.
I thought about all this as I stood out in the chill on the 10th Avenue bridge. I was looking for a bright, optimistic view of the city at “blue hour” with traffic streaming by in the foreground on Interstate 35. But clouds rolled in, creating a dark and dramatic scene at sundown. I went with it and tried to create something that felt like today’s reality. It had to be monochrome – mostly.
To capture nighttime traffic when a highway isn’t crowded, you can do a long exposure, but that may produce just a band of pale ghostly white streaks across the whole photo, no real sense of action. At this distance a shutter speed of about 1/6 captured bright trails with sharp endpoints – but only a couple at a time. So I layered portions of several shots for an image that captured that vaguely exciting and slightly scary feeling of being next to a highway at night.