While most of my graduate work was completed at Harding University's excellent School of Theology in Memphis, Tennessee, I did take a few classes at ACU's Graduate School of Theology in Abilene. I've always been impressed with the architecture and grounds of the ACU Bible building and have photographed bits of it over the last six years or so.
The scene above is of the Jacob's Dream sculpture outside the Bible building. Early one morning, I was heading that way, intent on photographing the University Church of Christ building, which is another building I'd often thought would make a nice image. I wanted to photograph it against the rising sun, but when I got there that morning, there were construction vehicles parked in front of the church. "Well, so much for that," I thought. The sunrise was quickly gaining momentum, and I could see that it was going to be spectacular. I had to find something cool to put in front of it, and fast. The only thing I could think that I could get to quick enough of was Jacob's Dream. It only took a few minutes to get there and get set up. I didn't want the sculpture to be a complete silhouette, so I used just a bit of fill flash to open up the shadows on the sculpture's face. Voila! The sunrise only lasted a few minutes and was gone, but the image above is the result. I shot a vertical that I also like, which you can see in my gallery.
The exterior of the Bible building is impressive as well, and gave me the following image, taken at sunset one evening, at the request of the College of Biblical Studies when they were looking for a nice image of the building to give as a gift to a retiring faculty member.
You can just barely see the Tower of Light behind the building, a 150-foot tall limestone spire, at the top of which is a carillon, which sounds every fifteen minutes. I'm told the tower of light actually has a light on the top, which used to shine brightly till they determined it was a hazard to incoming aircraft at the nearby airport and were forced to turn it off.
Looking at it from the other side one afternoon, with some white puffy clouds behind, gave me this:
Inside the square part of the building is the Chapel on the Hill, within which I've made a number of images over the years.
The domed structure is the transition between the Chapel on the Hill and the rest of the Bible building, and is itself a uniquely designed structure housing the World Missions Globe, which is surrounded by a spiral staircase. The globe showcases the Church of Christ mission efforts throughout the world.
Inside the Bible building proper is a beautiful long atrium flanked by offices and classrooms with an arched glass ceiling called the Hall of Servants.
More to come . . . .