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While the City Sleeps

A Night's Eye View captures Cleveland after dark.

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Longtime Cleveland shutterbug Bill Miller has finally entered the 21st century by trading his trusty 35 millimeter for a digital camera. You can see the results today at St. John West Shore Hospital's 14th Annual Festival of the Arts, which displays his 15-piece A Night's Eye View of Cleveland — a photo exhibit that spotlights some of the city's most recognizable landmarks after dark. (You can also see everything from paintings to textiles made by more than 200 artists.)

Pay close attention to the shot of the Veterans' Memorial Bridge and the nearby condominiums, says the photographer, whose work typically sells from $25 to $450. "To the right of the bridge, 500 meters away, you can read the small lettering on the sides of the buildings," he says. "The clarity is amazing, and the color palette seems a lot fuller. It blew my socks off. It's that sharp."

Miller spent this past spring strolling around at night and taking pics of several attractions — from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the old Justice Center on Euclid Avenue to the Nautica Queen and the spinning guitar outside the Hard Rock Café.

While he's compiled other photo essays focusing on Ireland and Italy, Miller ranks Cleveland as one of the most photogenic places in the world — especially at night. "What blows my mind is that it's interlaced with all the history," he says. "So you have the juxtaposition of the old buildings with the new. Part of it steps back into the 1920s, when you're looking at the bridges as the guardians of transportation. It's just wild stuff."
Sun., July 9, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

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