Photography : Manmade
“We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” ― Winston S Churchill
During the absolute right time of day, and only once per day, these ancient ruins appear to be on fire as sunlight bounces off an opposite canyon wall and radiates from the cliff's roof. Contrary to the name, these Anasazi structures were actually granaries used to store food about 1,000 years ago. Finding it was tricky, not because of where it was on the trail-- but because people have mislabeled it under false locations on Google Maps, keeping the location secret to help preserve the ruins.
Over 1,000 years ago, these petroglyphs were created by ancient Fremont indians. While most petroglyphs are just doodles, this panel is exceptionally rare because it depicts a complete scene. Being 15 feet high, I created a makeshift 'ladder' by extending my tripod to 7 feet and balancing it atop a 4 foot protective fence post. Fun fact: Do you know the difference between a petroglyph and pictograph? Petroglyphs are carved or pecked, whereas pictographs are painted.
Tower Bridge comes alive at night as a passing bus completes the composition's leading lines. The colors of the bus match those of the bridge-- with the reds, whites, orange-yellow, and turquoise complimenting the structure as if the two were meant to pair together. As the bus goes through the center of the bridge, the blur of the long exposure seems to make one image, showing the relationship of the bridge and the vehicles are one system, one object, one living organism in that given moment.
The Painted Hall by British artist Sir James Thornhill is a Baroque masterpiece known as Britain's 'Sistine Chapel'. Thornhill used techniques of trompe l’oeil ("trick the eye") and chiaroscuro (contrast of light and dark). While photographing it, I played on Thornhill's "trick the eye" technique and used a small observation mirror to create the illusion of a massive reflection. This 4 second exposure was photographed without a tripod, as those aren't allowed-- my winter mittens were used as a b
“A doctor can bury his mistakes, but an architect can only advise his clients to plant vines.” ― Frank Lloyd Wright