La Pedrera Part One

Barcelona is a vibrant and culturally diverse city. Nobody expresses the soul of the city better than Antoni Gaudí. He was a Spanish architect known as the greatest exponent of Catalan Modernism. Gaudí’s works have a highly individualized, one-of-a-kind style. Casa Milà was one of his last works and is commonly know as La Pedrera which means the stone quarry. Its rough hewn appearance is seen throughout the building.

The picture below of the model shows the scope of the building which was designed as a private residence but has a total of eight floors and many separate apartments.

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Model of Casa Milā

The Roof Top

The Courtyard

Rome’s MACRO

After four days in Rome seeing antiquites and monuments we decided to do something different and went to The Macro. This is the nickname for Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Rome or the Museum of Modern Art. It was a great place to cleanse your pallet of the ancient. The elevator itself is a work of art inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock movie Rope.

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Rome’s MACRO

Rome’s MACRO

Rome’s MACRO

Flame Out

This image always reminds me of the end of summer. It’s a close up of a flame on a tiki torch that I took years ago near summer’s end. It is fascination to take pictures of flame’s at a slow shutter speed. The wind makes the flame dance and with a shutter speed of 1 second or more creates unique patterns. Who says you can’t see the wind.

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Flame On!

Relic fromThe Past

I took this a long time ago. It was a 35mm Ektachome image which I scanned in 2010. I wish it was a little sharper but I like the color and composition.

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Relic from The Past

The Monster of Kennywood 1977

I haven’t been to Kennywood since the late 1970’s. I took some of my students from Ivy School of Professional Art on a field trip there and we all had a great time taking photos. I have always been fond of this picture, the ride is long gone ut it reminds me of simpler times.

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The Monster

Owen Reflected

When my future son in law first visited us in the Pocono Mountains he did not have his now world famous beard. His beard has absolutely nothing to do with this picture. We took him and my daughter to Grey Towers in Milford Pennsylvania. The famous house of Gifford Pinchot.

There had been heavy rain the night before and I took this picture of tree reflections in a small pond. I didn’t realize Owen was even in the picture. My recent image, Upside Down in Mexico has caused me to revisit old pictures of reflections. This one takes on a surrealistic feel when turned upside down and cropped.

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Owen Reflected

Cemetery by The Sea

Across the channel from Cancún is the island of Isla Mujeres. It’s just a short boat ride to see a gem of real Mexico. The beaches are tranquil compared to Cancún and you can rent a golf cart, bike or motorcycle to explore the small island.

If you do go, on the south end of the island is a wonderful cemetery that is so different than American or European cemeteries it is worth the trip. Of course being an island, all the graves are above ground and with vibrant colors and unusual displays. Its worth the trip.

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Cemetery by The Sea