Saint Louis, Abridged.
We had a couple destinations in mind when we chose St. Louis as a destination, all urbex-related. But, getting into town Friday evening allowed us to walk around downtown a bit, and what photographer can go to St. Louis and not shoot the arch? It is, in fact, a striking and beautiful monument right on the Mississippi riverfront. As we found, however, it seems to be the entirety of this city’s civic identity. Half the businesses in the city use the word “arch” in their names or employ its likeness in their logo. It is, moreover, visible from almost every corner of the city. In a way, this is a shame. St. Louis is a beautiful town, built largely of the stately red brick in the Italianate style that Chicago, by contrast, almost entirely lacks. Hell, even the Budweiser plant is a great visual anchor on the south side of town. So, adopting the motto “when in Rome…” and applying it to the Midwest, here is the obligatory shot of the St. Louis Arch, gleaming on a clear October evening.