CAPITOL HILL - WINTER TIME
This weekend all eyes were on Washington DC. For me the city views of that extraordinary treasure of architecture offered a chance to reminisce the time I got to spent in DC a few years back and inspired me to go through my photo archives in order to create a new piece of photography art. This brand new work depicts one of my most favorite buildings, the beautiful, beautiful United States Capitol also known as the Capitol Building or Capitol Hill.
I visited DC in 2009 and captured that ivory palace under a scorching June sun. With some artistic liberties photos taken during that very hot and humid summer turned into a cool, snowy winter photo collage called “Capitol Hill – Winter Time”.
THE SNOW WHITE NEOCLASSICAL BEAUTIES
The huge dome of the Capitol Hill rings the bells of familiarity in me in a strange way… Now, wait a minute. Where else have I seen that… Oh, of course in my very own home town Helsinki, just in a little bit smaller scale! The architecture of the Capitol Hill resembles the architecture of one of the most famous buildings in Finland, the snow white Helsinki Cathedral.
The cathedral was designed by Carl Ludvig Engel & Ernst Lohrmann and built between 1830-1852 whereas the Capitol Building, designed by William Thornton, was finished already in 1800 and expanded during the 19th century. Both buildings represent the neoclassical style. Isn’t it fantastic how architecture – and art – can build a visual bridge between two countries. On that thought; blue and white, the main colors of the Capitol Hill piece, are also the colors of our flag and very visible this year when Finland celebrates it’s centennial. There is snow in Helsinki. There is snow in Washington DC. And above both cities, there is the cool blue sky.
I hope that you get to see these beautiful buildings – and that you enjoy this piece of winter art. Well actually two pieces, since of course after comparing those two buildings and contemplating their visual similarities I just had to create a Helsinki Cathedral work as well.
Have a nice week!
Karoliina Veijo is a photography artist, who loves to capture the wonders of the world and turn the images into colorful pieces of art. Her trademarks are architectural portraits and layered collages depicting parks and gardens.