VENETIAN DREAMS

VENETIAN DREAMS

Frida Giannini wrote that “Venice never quite seems real, but rather an ornate film set suspended on the water.” This image was taken while floating down the Grand Canal on a gondola. Initially, I was attracted to the colors and textures of the decaying architecture, barely keeping itself from sliding into the water - but then I saw the old man, resting his arms on the balustrade and peering into the water below. Searching? Thinking? Remembering?

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THE EYE

THE EYE

Amazing view of London from the top of the London Eye, Europe’s tallest ferris wheel and the UK’s most popular tourist attraction. The 32 sealed and air-conditioned passenger pods are mounted to the outside of the wheel, and are rotated by electric motors.
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GREENHOUSE

GREENHOUSE

This beautiful greenhouse can be found in picturesque Kennebunk, in southern Maine. The surrounding farm is like something out of a children’s storybook, with ducks and geese running free, and weathered buildings and gardening implements everywhere. Spectacular!
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DAYBREAK ON FRENCHMAN BAY

DAYBREAK ON FRENCHMAN BAY

Beautiful daybreak scene on Frenchman Bay, off of Bar Harbor, Maine. In “The Story of Mount Desert Island”, author Samuel Eliot Morrison writes that “Frenchman Bay was so called because it became a staging point for French warships preparing to fight the English.” No warships these days, just lots of well-kept sailing vessels and lobster boats!
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HONOR & SACRIFICE

HONOR & SACRIFICE

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. is a two acre construct designed to honor the service members of the US military that died or were classified as missing in action during the Vietnam War. Aside from the sentiment, there were many things I loved about this scene - the flowers left at the site, the reflections in the polished stone, and the sharp, geometric lines fading into the distance, meeting at the Washington Monument.
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(DIS)ORDER

(DIS)ORDER

In this shot of the the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco, I was struck not only by the geometry of the construction, with its diagonal lines and stair-step balconies, but also by the play of light and shadow on the left side of the building. The latter seemed like an injection of chaos and randomness on an otherwise very orderly scene. I chose to take the image in black and white to emphasize the shapes and textures.
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GOLDEN VENICE

GOLDEN VENICE

The Venetian skyline is beautiful in all directions, but I really liked the shapes and contrast in this tight shot against a golden early evening sky. There is probably an interesting architectural story to tell in comparing the different domes and cupolas here, but for me the image was really about form and color.
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BIG BEN AT SUNSET

BIG BEN AT SUNSET

This classic shot of Big Ben in London was taken from Westminster Bridge. It was a beautiful time of day, with purple and yellow hues dominating the sky as the sun set. The 315-foot tower was completed in 1859, and while the entire edifice is often called Big Ben, the tower is more formally known as the Clock Tower, or the Elizabeth Tower (renamed in 2012).
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SOARING

SOARING

I found this interesting statuette in a room in an old mansion in Newport, Rhode Island. A man with a sword balances himself on the back of an eagle, facing the window and, beyond it, the Atlantic Ocean. I found it evocative and beautiful, especially with the soft light streaming in through the curtains.
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NEWPORT BRIDGE

NEWPORT BRIDGE

The Claiborne Pell Newport Bridge is the principal western entry gate to the city and was constructed from 1966 to 1969. It was renamed in honor of US Senator Claiborne Pell in 1992, but it still often simply called the Newport Bridge. For me, the photo was about lines and shapes, as well as the contrast between the industrial green of the bridge supports and the orange rust spreading over the concrete pilings.
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ST. PAUL'S MIRROR

ST. PAUL'S MIRROR

I have many images of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London taken from a higher vantage point, and featuring its famous dome - one of the highest in the world. But I found this image more visually interesting, with multiple reflections and repeating leading lines directing the viewer’s eye towards the cathedral itself. The original church on this site dated from 600 AD, while the present cathedral was finished in the late 17th century. It remains a working church.
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SAILING THE BAY

SAILING THE BAY

This shot of the Newport Bridge with a sailboat crossing in the foreground is unwittingly reminiscent of the image on one side of the Rhode Island state quarter. The body of water is Narragansett Bay, New England’s largest estuary and home to over thirty islands of varying size.
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MONUMENT IN SPRING

MONUMENT IN SPRING

This image was shot from the Jefferson Memorial, looking across the Potomac River and towards the Washington Monument. Taken in the Spring, I had the chance to frame the monument in a swirling cascade of blossoms. The Washington Monument is made of marble, granite and bluestone, and remains one of the tallest stone structures in the world at 555 feet high.
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WALKIE-TALKIE

WALKIE-TALKIE

20 Fenchurch Street in London is often called the “Walkie-Talkie” due to its unique shape. It’s construction was controversial due to concerns that it would overshadow and distract from nearby historical sites. Although it was downsized to 525 feet in height in order to appease critics, it was nevertheless awarded the “Carbuncle Cup” for the worst new construction of the year. Whatever the case, I really loved the lines, texture, tonality and the contrast between the three very different buildings in the image.
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THE DOME

THE DOME

National Geographic says it best: “The dome of the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, Italy, was completed in 1436. Its supple curves and innovative engineering are a monument to the genius of Filippo Brunelleschi.” The cathedral took over 100 years to build, and is a major tourist attraction - some of these tourists can be seen in this image of the dome, clustered around the balcony, having climbed the 463 steps to reach the very top.
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LINCOLN'S GUEST

LINCOLN'S GUEST

This shot of the interior of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC was taken in the early morning. Initially, I felt that the one sole visitor was interfering with the composition and interrupting the shadows from the entryway columns. But the more I looked at the scene, the more I realized that the presence of that one individual highlighted not only the scale of the monument, but perhaps the emotion as well.
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VENICE PANORAMA

VENICE PANORAMA

This image of the Venetian waterfront is highlighted by St. Mark’s Campanile (bell tower) at left, one of the most iconic symbols of the city. I took the photograph from the top of San Giorgio Maggiore, a 16th century church on the opposite side of the lagoon. If you look closely, you can see a single aircraft flying over the city and providing an interesting contrast between modernity and the Italian Renaissance.
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