Balston Building Throws Cubism a Curve

This set of pictures was taken on June 2, 2012 at 10:00 am

The location was in Arlington near the Balston metro stop.

The "Take it!" came from having taken a number of pictures of this building before this shoot.  What made this one special, was the clouds. They were in great form that day and made their way into the mirror glass surface of the building from every angle. The lead photo has the clouds almost merging, something I did not see until I had the photos printed.   

My reference in the title on this photo is the way the building reflects its neighbors in an almost cubist fashion. This building is situated on a curve so its reflective capacity is available to anyone that passes on the road through that area of Arlington. The best vantage point is from the sidewalk across the street.The After Take: All seemed to enjoy the photos with equal emphasis being on not only the clouds but also the design of the building. The surface of the building is filled with curves, nooks and crannies, all adding dynamic effects.  

One thing I learned from showing the photos was a bit of history has been included in the building.  In one of the shots you can see at the base of the photo a diamond pattern in an overhang.  These blue and white diamonds were a part of the face of the building that housed a car dealership before being torn down to accomodate this new beauty. Nice that this subtle tribute was made.

Here is hoping you have some favorite buildings near where you live. I think of them as almost friends even though they vary greatly in age and appearance. 

Thanks for joining us for the current photo presentation. You are cordially invited to return Tuesday, July 17th for a new picture that we hope you will enjoy. 


Wishing you all the best.


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Comments: 4
  • #1

    Gabe (Monday, 16 July 2012 17:44)

    Its almost like the clouds enter a new dimension.

  • #2

    Jeff (Monday, 16 July 2012 17:44)

    What a great looking building!

  • #3

    Ray (Monday, 16 July 2012 17:45)

    Did you intentionally line it up so that the clouds almost meld into the building? If not, what a great coincidence!

  • #4

    Sarah (Monday, 16 July 2012 17:46)

    What a neat looking building. Id love to work across the street from it lol