Brutalist Vibes

Once in a while I meet someone who thinks that I am a full-time photographer or some kind of creative. Those situations sometimes leave me a little embarrassed to admit that on the contrary, I'm a lawyer. It's not that I don't like what I do, it's just that being a lawyer is not as cool. Like, a lot less cool. Of course I'm pleased at the assumption that I only "do" photography and take pride in it. I work hard in my photography and enjoy the recognition. 

All of this brings me to a recent experience where my professional and semi-professional interests collided. I recently left a job working for the City of Boston where I was, yes, a lawyer. For four years I worked at City Hall, a shining example of brutalist architecture. Some have called it the ugliest building in America. Before I worked there, I really didn't disagree. It was dark and cold. What was there to like about unwelcoming and sterile blocks of concrete? Not much, or at least that's what I assumed. 

Over the course of those four years, spending most of my waking hours at City Hall changed how I see the building. Instead of lazily dismissing it as ugly, I began to appreciate the sharp lines, angles, and the way light made its way into the building. City Hall definitely has a "vibe". For someone who enjoys a minimalist aesthetic, it became an interesting place to explore and as you can see below, photograph. Here are some of my favorite vantage points and hidden corners of one of my (now) favorite buildings in Boston. I hope those of you who hate on City Hall will see it a little differently after taking a look.