I’m not sure if it’s because people react strongly to the human figure, or whether it’s the juxtaposition of disparate elements which create a variety of narratives. Regardless, this image of the Antony Gormley Sculpture at the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo, garners lots of comments and remains one of my favorites.
After spending the […]
I took a taxi cab before sunrise to the area where this tower is located, unsure of how close I could actually get. Surprisingly, you can actually walk right up and touch the tower. I spent some time at this location and made several images. This is one of my two favorites.
After getting in trouble for making photographs within the Rockefeller Center Plaza, I walked around to 630 Fifth Avenue and made this image which includes St Patricks Cathedral. Apparently tripods are not allowed within the plaza. I was able to get a few more images by just carefully leveling and balancing my camera on […]
The other day I was asked if I could post images larger than the 600×800 pixels that are currently displayed. Wouldn’t it be nice to see more detail in the image? The quick answer is yes, but the long answer is yes and no. I’ll post more on this topic over the next few days. In the mean time. Enjoy this re-posted image from Budapest. Go ahead and click the buttons on bottom right of image to play around and drop me a line if you want to seem more image done this way.
It’s pretty spectacular to see a couple of mostly nude sculptures chatting it up on the facade of a building in Prague. It’s even better when there is an owl between them. The effects of foreshortening on the human (where things closer to the camera look bigger) is not too distracting on the sculptures. Photographing […]
From an overview (from an airplane, satellite image, etc.), it’s easy to see patterns, isolate areas, and generate broad encompassing ideas on most anything. Straight Up photography takes a different approach, assimilating patterns from the ground up, one image at a time. Having the advantage of seeing all my images from a single city at […]
A simple hanging electric streetlamp connects these two beautiful buildings in Budapest. Though the structure on the right is under immense disrepair, it still holds a sense of life as seen in the foliage hanging from the few window-mounted flower pots.
As a kid, Halloween was always about the candy. Putting on face paint and dawning some scary costume, trick-or-treating my way through the neighborhoods, was a small price to pay for my favorite type of candy: free candy. In the disastrous wake of the 2012 Super Storm Sandy, governor Chris Christie has, for good reason, […]
This past week I watched hourly satellite images animate the dramatic path of Hurricane Sandy as it twisted north to collide with a Canadian cold front from the northwest and another weather system from the east. The joint combination squeezed Sandy onshore into New Jersey, blowing strong winds everywhere, wreaking havoc, and creating a massive […]
If there ever was a spine on a building, this is it. Designed to visually mimic a twisting torso, this building stands tall at 190 meters and is Sweden’s tallest skyscraper. It is a treat to see. This work located in Malmö, Sweden, and titled the “Turning Torso” by architect Santiago Calatrava towers over a […]
I have a little time tonight to reflect back on the seventeen cities I visited and photographed this past month. Once back in NYC I will begin posting more images from Barcelona, Madrid, Paris, Brussles, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Oslo, Stockholm, Mälmo, Copenhagen, Hamburg, Berlin, Arezzo, Florence, Venice, Vienna, Budapest, and Prague. I’ve traveled by plane, train, […]
The television tower, or Fernsehturm, is the large radio tower in the heart of Berlin. Located on Alexanderplatz, it is a striking symbol of the of the former East Germany and the second tallest structure in Europe. I’ve been visiting this site since the summer of 1991 and it is striking so see how the […]
Walking around Amsterdam is a visual treat! Not only is it a gorgeous cobblestoned city, it is incredibly accessible: touch the buildings, reach the sky, and traverse its center all at once and in no time at all. It’s also a city with few limits, proven while taking in fresh air with the occasional waft […]
Kids these days have amazing video games. I remember when the 8-bit Frogger game came out for the Atari 2600 game console. The graphics weren’t as amazing as going to the nickel arcade, but it was still better than my friend’s cassette-tape-drive version for the Commodore 64 which took about fifteen minutes to load. The […]
One of the newest neighborhoods in Oslo is the Barcode Project. My host, Melissa Hegge, whose number one awesome design blog you should check out http://www.ideastosteal.com turned me on to this area.
The exciting architecture create fun shapes when looking straight up and I was very happy to see […]
Sad news to report: there is construction at the tower and I couldn’t get directly underneath for the obligatory straight up image. To the side I went and waited patiently for the clouds. The Eiffel tower is undoubtedly one of the busiest places I’ve travelled to on this trip thus far–busy isn’t always good. Besides […]
On recommendation from a French friend at my favorite go-to restaurant in NYC, Meatball Shop, I was introduced to the “Cabbage” buildings at Université de Créteil on the outskirts of Paris. The balconies on these buildings are shaped like leaves from a cabbage. The particular one with the morning light […]
The Place des Vosges in Paris is located in the le Marais district and is the oldest planned square in Paris from 1605. The sky threatened the day of photography, but luckily the few drops from the passing clouds above dispersed and I was able to get several new images including this–one of my favorites […]
It took me about 45 minutes to get to this location and another 30 minutes to find the right angle which includes the streetlamp. I was inches from a busy highway….Id write more, but I have to catch a train. The last one (from Barcelona to Madrid I made by two minutes).
Barcelona has an amazing mixture of new and old architecture. Today we have old. Construction on this cathedral began in the 13th century and was completed two-hundred years later. My time was limited, so I didn’t step foot inside, but managed to wrestle through the crowds, set the tripod up in its low position, and […]
Today, September 24th 2012, I happen to be in beautiful Barcelona. The weather is warm and I’m not adequately prepared for the temperature. It’s a holiday called La Mercè festival, and being a Sunday, hardly anything is open, Everyone is out on the street enjoying the extended weekend which is not easy to navigate. I’m […]
My parents live in damp Portland, OR and for years my mom has taken great pride in cultivating, as odd as it may sound, a moss garden. As a kid, it was quite a treat to walk barefoot, on the soft moss, lay down on its deep green quilt, and look upwards through the big […]
The unassuming exterior of the three level 89,000 square foot Uniqlo flagship store on 5th Ave in NYC belies the $300 million 15 year lease (apparently setting a real estate record in Manhattan). I am not sure of the renovation parameters, but the overall facade is not my favorite for Straight Up. Apparently this doesn’t […]
The Bulgari store in Manhattan on 5th Avenue and 57th St is not for the light wallet. I had a project to photograph here last year for designed Mike Brown of Lot71 who created an unique installation for their then Fall/Winter 2012 collection. For those inclined to see how it looks, you […]