I’ve worked with Nick Borgmeyer of Simon Oswald Architecture on past projects. He asked me to photograph the new Special Olympics Missouri headquarters in Jefferson City, Missouri. The new building is a state of the art facility with a full-size gymnasium, weight room, lockers, examination rooms, and offices for the staff. For this shot, I used my Canon 17mm tilt-shift lens to photograph the lobby. The Canon tilt-shift line of lenses enables the photographer to do in-camera perspective correction which architectural firms love. Shortly after I finished the project, a tornado hit Jefferson City and damaged the building. The windows were blown out, and part of the roof was torn off. As a result, the building closed for major repairs. The staff has moved to temporary offices, and the 2019 Missouri Special Olympic competition canceled. They hope to have a symbolic second ribbon-cutting ceremony next year when the building reopens.
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