A Walk Around Dulles International Airport

Discussion in 'Street and Documentary' started by Ricochetrider, Nov 22, 2021.

  1. I'm a fan of modern architecture and mid 20th century stuff in general, and I've always loved Dulles, designed by the great Eero Saarinen. Recently I had the occasion to be there arbitrarily waiting for an hour while my sister got a Covid test prior to a flight to Italy a couple days later on. Luckily I had a camera and some film on hand.

    My fascination with this particular place and building began back in the 60s when I was a kid. My dad, an Army lifer, was stationed at the Pentagon so we lived no great distance from here. I recall my dad taking us out there just to see the building. It was a sort of odd field trip for us... considering my dad wasn't particularly enthusiastic for architecture, but I guess it was still something of a phenomenon; this would have been just a couple years after it was built. I found- and still find, the quirky "transport modules" super enthralling for whatever reason. Back then The Future loomed large, being the middle of The Space Age. Of course, the future isn't what it once was, but elements of (formerly) futuristic stuff remain. I still marvel at this kind of thing whenever I see it.

    Meanwhile, I'd flown thru Dulles back in January (or was it March?). Well, recently in any case. Unfortunately at the time, I was stuck in some outer terminal with little time before my connecting flight. I was well pleased when we decided to swing thru again so my sister could get the pre-flight test.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    What a fabulous space! Luckily, there wren't too many people on hand

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    shooting the exterior from inside, I got all these reflections... I like them.

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    I don't often convert color film photos to black and white, but I felt like this was somewhat warranted in this case? What's the consensus on this?

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Kodak Ektar 100
    Voigtlander R3m
    Voigtlander 40mm f1.4 Nokton Classic MC

    Thanks for looking!

    If anyone has any of their own photos to share, please do so with my blessing. Id love to hear commentary or opinions on my shots, or just stories of your own experiences at Dulles.
     
  2. No Dulles, but St. Louis's Lambert Minoru Yamasaki arches:
    St-Louis-airport-night.jpg

    with the passing of TWA, now mostly just a local airport​
     
  3. "I still marvel at this kind of thing whenever I see it"
    Very nice collection. The reflections add an interesting layer.
     
    Ludmilla and Ricochetrider like this.
  4. What we don't see is a thought.
     
  5. Thanks Josh!
     
  6. errr um…. eh? could you clarify what you mean by that Alan?
     
  7. I’ve only just stumbled upon this thread. I love airports. My favourite was Vienna (VIE), the boarding gate for the BA flight to LHR was/is 10 yards from the bar. Very civilised although the first time I asked for a large brandy the bar staff didn’t know what I meant.

    Anyhoo, I really like the photos with reflections as they add an ethereal aspect compared to the other more documentary ones. Good show.


    Thoughts are overrated
     
    ericphelps and Ricochetrider like this.
  8. I loved this sequence, thank you for sharing the images. The buildings look like they are going to fly. About the black and white photo, it works, there is something about black and shiny chrome that looks so sharp without colour. Please post a photo I don't like otherwise I sound like a fanboy for your work!.
     
  9. Thanks for the comments, everyone!
     
  10. DC00003.JPG

    Dulles was always my favorite airport. I graduated from high school in Rockville, and had a roll of Anscochrome 200 for my last days of school.

    I do remember the buses that drive out to the airplane, then lift up to the height to walk into the plane.

    This is from 1976. Canon VI, with I believe Xenogon 35/2.8.
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2022
    Ricochetrider and ericphelps like this.
  11. I know someone will remember those formed, blond colored, plastic assemblies where biz types slid in to sit and drop a quarter to watch the TV tilted toward them.
    I flew a lot while in the army and was stunned to see them.......Rows of hypnotized faces with gathered raincoats and briefcases, sitting there in semi-darkness with TV light bouncing off each face like small lightning storms.
     
  12. I don't recall these TV kiosks- but where was the camera when you needed it, eh? What great imagery!
     
    ericphelps likes this.

Share This Page

1111