The Art of Construction Taking Shape

Amid the concrete, iron and brick of the new Ravens stadium, a photographer finds there is art under construction. OR PHOTO 1

July 26, 1998

On the surface, a construction project is a dry and uninteresting subject to photograph. But sometimes, amid the workday details, the concrete, steel and brick of the new Ravens stadium, Sun photographer Doug Kasputin found art.

"Many of these photos are a combination of planning and good luck," says Kasputin, who over nearly two years has shot some 5,000 frames of film documenting the $220 million project from the ground up. "Sometines that meant waiting for the best light, or for that one guy to move down two rows of seats to the perfect spot."

The result is a series of striking, abstract images -- moments in time where form and function crossed paths. They offer a more sublime perspective on the massive project, yet can't be seperated from its nuts-and-bolts reality.

"We tend to be too literal sometimes while showing readers what's happening on our news pages," Kasputin says. "The intent of these images was to have fun with the elements, with the architect's vision, with the engineering process. Throw in some nice light on occasion, and the result can be something less than predictable."

! Pub Date: 7/26/98

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