Description 50% of my profits from sales of this photograph on ImageKind will be contributed to the fight against Cancer.AWARD WINNING IMAGE!!!!McGraw tower, a symbol of Cornell University, is 173 feet tall and was completed in 1891.Here is an excerpt from a Cornell Chronical article, 'The love story behind the McGraw Tower chimes,' by Susan Lang.Jennie McGraw was the only child of a wealthy lumber baron from Dryden, New York. When Jennie asked E. B. White, Cornell co-founder and its first president, what might be a nice gift from her to the soon-to-open university, he suggested chimes. So, in 1868, she gave the university a nine-bell chime set -- which became the first to peal over any American campus. In 1877 Jennie, 37 and still unmarried, inherited her father's vast fortune.Though stricken with tuberculosis, Jennie soon sailed off to Europe to purchase furnishings for the mansion she was building. Soon after her departure, bachelor Fiske -- professor of north European languages, librarian, director of the University Press, unofficial director of public information and a boyhood friend of White's -- took a leave of absence to go to Europe as well. With loans from White, Fiske at age 48 made his way to Rome in April 1880 to join Jennie, then age 40. Engaged in May and married in July, the couple honeymooned on a barge from Cairo, floating up the Nile with a crew of 17. Less than a year later, though, the newlyweds learned that Jennie was dying. Her last wish was to die in Ithaca. The couple returned from Europe in early September 1881, and Jennie died several weeks later.Today, Jennie McGraw lies interred a few yards from this tower.
Michael Stephen Wills, Ithaca, New York Member Since February 2008 Artist Statement My photographic style centers on the use of natural light to visualize emotion and evoke memory. The evolution of my style began early in the year 2002, with an imperative to capture personal and fleeting memories.
My son and I traveled to New York City, to view the first Saint Patrick's Day parade after September 11, 2001. My work from that parade was so successful and satisfying (see "New York Fire Department, Saint Patrick's Day 2002") I just never stopped.
In the years since, I have discovered creation techniques similar to an artist painting on canvas. For example: view my Fine Art print "Cochise Dawn". It is from a 64 megapixel image. This means the closer you gaze, the more detail and surprises are revealed.
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