Indianapolis’s Pyramids on expired GAF 125 film

While I had that 1972 GAF 125 (Ansco Versapan) film in the Nikon N90s, I visited the Pyramids, office buildings in northwest Indianapolis, to make some photos. I had the 50mm f/1.8D AF Nikkor lens attached. The Pyramids are so large, and the 50mm is narrow enough, that I struggled to fit all of the Pyramids in the frame. I wished I had mounted a 35mm lens! But when you’re out photographing, you make the most of the gear you have on you. I filled the frame with Pyramids, and walked a good distance back from them in their office park for some across-the-retention-pond photos. These images show some streaking, which isn’t surprising for film that’s pushing 50 years old. I did my best to clean dust and debris off these scans but they’re not perfectly clean.

The Pyramids
The Pyramids
The Pyramids
The Pyramids
The Pyramids

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9 responses to “Indianapolis’s Pyramids on expired GAF 125 film”

  1. J P Avatar

    Within the last 6 or 8 months I went into one of those buildings for the first time since the 1980s. They seemed so normal 35 years ago, and seem anything but normal now.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      I haven’t been in one since about 1999 or so — I worked in one for about a year. I didn’t enjoy the experience. I wonder how I’d experience them today.

  2. Andy Umbo Avatar
    Andy Umbo

    Long before I ever moved to Indianapolis for work, I used to skirt the city driving to Washington DC from Chicago and wonder: “What architect decided building modern pyramids was a good idea?” Who knew I’d end up going to some senior art shows for a school that was in there years later?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Life works in humorous ways.

  3. Michael Avatar

    Did they stock the pond with gators or piranhas? Geese can be annoying but wouldn’t call them dangerous.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      It’s piranhas, I’m sure.

    2. Marc Beebe Avatar

      So you’ve never encountered a Canada goose, then.

  4. Paul Hoppe Photography Avatar

    Office pyramids are so rare in Germany. They are absolutely fascinating. One question though: What kind of dangerous wildlife lives in an Indianapolis retention pond?

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      They’re rare in the US, too.

      I’m sure the sign is about the Canadian geese, who will attack you if you come too close.

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