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To the Bridge

Don’t look back with regret. Digging through my 2008 archives, I found this quick shot from a speeding tram, on my way to Charles Bridge.

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Off the Grid

25 stories above Denver, looking out from my hotel window (which actually opens).

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Platform Tickets

In an empty and decaying train station, just before the rain, visions of journeys past.

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Streaks and Beams

From a night of rain, food, and a mad dash around the city to capture as many good shots as possible during a short layover, the streaks and beams of the Eiffel Tower from atop the Pont de Bir-Hakeim.  

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Rain on the Bridge

The bridge and colonnaded viaduct Pont de Bir-Hakeim, with a southbound 6 train.

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Paris – For Charles

Few things have inspired me like Charles Marville’s photographs of Paris. And so when I woke up this morning, after a surprise daylong layover in the city, and saw this balloon floating beyond the Ecole Militaire, I thought of Marville’s amazing archive of a city in flux.

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Nimes Arches

Street-level view of the train station in Nimes, France as the tracks rumble overhead.

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Converging Glass

Detail of the roof at Charles de Gaulle Terminal 2F. There’s a slightly coloured version on my Instagram feed, but something about this structure makes me think black and white.

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Pompidou Kaleidoscope

My favourite museum in the world. A single shot, just off center, tweaked to a kaleidoscopic perspective. This would be a fun print.

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Walkways

The comings and goings of airport life. Sometimes about the people, sometimes about the planes, sometimes about the glass and steel that bring them together. I’ve been in this terminal and lounge a number of times over the past 18 months, but rarely with enough time to wander and observe….

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Davisville Yellow

A distinct splash of colour amidst the muted tones of Davisville station.

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Art Zone Alley

An almost-empty alley in Beijing’s 798 Art Zone (Dashanzi Art District).

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Worn Facade

The deserted streets of Dalanzadgad. Most of the desert town’s residents were in the nearby stadium celebrating Naadam.

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Hazy Apartment

A nearby apartment building, obscured in the afternoon haze, in Jurong.

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Sagrada Light

Afternoon in Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Familia. Well more than 100 years into its construction, the vast project seems to have a plan to completion, targeted for 2026.

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Restaurant Overpass

On the edge of South Delhi, a highway overpass carries a honking, roaring mass of traffic above our lunch location.

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Fallingwater

The masterpiece of 20th century residential architecture.

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Bridge and Curve

A nearby park from the 25th floor of my hotel.

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Stairs on Canal Street

On location in New York City’s Chinatown.

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By the River

A man on his phone.

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Apartments

Some of the nearly-infinite symmetry of the high-rise apartment buildings of Ulaanbaatar.

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Roadside House

A wider shot of the house from Wall and Door.

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Inside the Bird

Inside Santiago Calatrava’s Satolas train station at the Lyon airport.

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Below Concrete

Out the window on the way to La Jolla.

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Misty Cruise

Looking west on a cold, wet morning.

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Turret and Stairs

Along the southern wall of the island city.

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Wall and Door

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Front Door

On a warm summer day in Normandy.

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Pyramid

Midnight at the Louvre.

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Roof Tiles

Rooftops near the entrance to the island.

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Low Tide and Clouds

Looking back toward the mainland.

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Cathedral

The afternoon light of France in June.

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Flatiron Contrast

Old and new around the Flatiron Building in Toronto.

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Closed Tower

Revisiting an old shot that I originally took on my first day in Paris, back in February, 2000. This version, now digital, came on a day that the tower was closed to the public. And in all my trips to the city, I still haven’t been up.

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Erected 1892

Looking up from the south side of the Flatiron Building.

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Crumbling Station

The westbound platform of the Amtrak station in Harper’s Ferry, looking toward the Potomac River just after sunset.

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Mini Flatiron

The landmark Toronto building.

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Flatiron Stairs

Looking up on a grey day in Toronto.

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Vintage Seine

From my old slide archives, a reinterpretation of a look at the Left Bank.

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Escapes

Somewhere in Chelsea, shot from atop the High Line Park.

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Reflections

A view of (and through) some of the windows of Frank Gehry’s IAC Headquarters, seen from the High Line Park in Chelsea.

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Balcony

Thinking of this view from Nice on a dreary December day.

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Stairway Light

Warm afternoon sun in the stairway, looking up toward where these bikes were stored.

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Apartment Walls

A facade along Bloor near the University of Toronto.

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Escalator View

While riding downward from the viewpoint a few floors above, a look toward the courtyard.

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Rusting Beam

A detail of the famous Cherry Street Bridge.

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Louvre Escalators

A long view of the different floors of the Louvre’s Richelieu wing, with modern architecture that’s an unmistakable nod to Louis Kahn and his geometric features.

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Mini Facade

Looking down on an empty plaza, from the top of the Centre Pompidou.

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Mazarine’s Library

From the Pont des Arts, looking south, the Bibliothèque Mazarine. Established in 1643 by the physician Naudé and named for the Cardinal, France’s first public library contained nearly 40,000 items by 1652.

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Up the Tower

Gustave’s radio transmission tower on a cold January evening.

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Arches

Looking up in the nave of the Bayeux Cathedral, built in 1077.

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Girders and Rivets

The Cherry Street Bridge, opened in 1931 and officially known as Cherry Street Strauss Trunnion Bascule Bridge. But less well-known is that it was designed by Joseph Strauss, designer of San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

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Escalators

Shoppers at Le Bon Marche in Paris.

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Winding

Toward the top floor of a hotel, near the Jardin du Luxembourg.

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Junctions

Where parking garage meets apartments. The Marina City buildings in downtown Chicago circa 1997, processed from an old film scan. These are the buildings on the cover of Wilco’s “Yankee Hotel Foxtrot” album.

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Stacked

A residential tower on Younge Street, near College.

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Sao Paulo Kaliedoscope

My first attempt at a kaliedoscopic technique of a cityscape, using the view from the courtyard of the São Paulo Museum of Art.

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Staggered Windows

On a walking tour of a trendy neighborhood near Avenue Paulista and the impressive São Paulo Museum of Art.

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Boats, Houses, Houseboats

On an overcast February morning in 2012, after two weeks in Malawi and a serendipitous travel diversion, it was great to be back in Amsterdam. Before I left Schiphol airport, I looked up a walking tour of the city. This was taken on that tour, near the Centraal Station.

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Arts and Crafts

Originally dating from 1904, the Arts et Métiers (Arts and Crafts) station was redesigned to look like something out of a Jules Verne novel.