8 Photos in This Gallery
In the glass city, reflections are everywhere. Reality is meaningless. Nature is for bugs. Meaning is trapped behind the mirror.
Art Houston is a coordinated series of gallery openings in the hottest part of the year. These photos were taken at, outside of, or near the galleries.
8 Photos in This Gallery
Non touristy travel photography from a non tourist traveler. Happy Friday everyone!
My wanderings took me up the hill above Split to visit the Jewish Cemetery. Nobody has been interred there in about a century. I returned past the harbor and wandered through the claustrophobic alleys of old town.
Here are a few photos from Zagreb, Croatia. There is definitely too much graffiti in Zagreb. When I shoot walls the doors and windows remind me of Mondrian’s paintings.
These were shot on Harrisburg Street in the East End, on Elysian, North of downtown Houston and EaDo (East Downtown).
Except for the pipes these photos are from the Baldwin Park area. The pipes carry raw sewage while the original underground sewers are being repaired.
The Woodland Heights Historic District is just a stone’s throw North of downtown Houston. It is beginning to show signs of gentrification. The final two photos were taken in the nearby Houston Heights.
East of downtown Houston the scene is made up of industrial sites alternating with Hispanic neighborhoods.
Somehow I found myself at a small park in Austin with a playground full of small children and their mothers. I decided to walk around and see what else there was to photograph in the area. After leaving the park our group continued to Town Lake where we walked around and crossed a pedestrian bridge. The white tree is a memorial to the millions of trees that have died in the ongoing drought.
Do you ever walk down the street in an upper class neighborhood and wonder what goes on inside the beautiful homes? Well, this isn’t just any street or collection of streets. It is the Frank Lloyd Wright historic district in Oak Park, IL. Most of the famous homes are on Forest Avenue, just south of Chicago Avenue. The homes not designed by Wright make better photographic subjects because the famous ones have been photographed a zillion times. I had good weather, some fall colors and decorations for Halloween in place on some of the homes.
These are singles. I probably could have included them with other photographs, but it did not happen that way.
Viewers may recognize that several prior water reflection photographs were of this excellent museum. The collection is varied including natural history, design and fine arts. No matter what I do, water is everywhere.
I am traveling, but may not be able to make another post for a week or so.
I Hope the People Are Healthier Than the Houses
At the Famous Polished Bean Sculpture in Chicago’s Millennium Park
I hope these photos are not too touristy, at least I passed on most of the better known items.
The four indoor images were shot at an opening for Latin American artist Gabriel de la Mora at Sicardi Gallery in Houston. It was my first visit to Sicardi’s new and spacious building across the street from the Houston Center for Photography. Sicardi specializes in the work of Latin American artists. I thought the associate’s red outfit was quite theatrical. The two Venezuealan girls were fans of the artist and explained one of his works to me that was constructed out of thousands of layers of paint. Because the show included a light sculpture, it reminded me that I wanted to photograph Adela Andea’s outdoor installation at the Art League of Houston, so I drove a few blocks to get there and made the capture. The final image is from the Winter Street Studios open house, the next day.
These photos were captured at the end of October as Halloween approached. An Ice House decided to have a pumpkin carving contest. The owner (or manager) announced he would be judging the contest and would accept bribes to influence the outcome in cash or by credit card. This was at the West Alabama Ice House on Alabama Avenue in the Montrose district of Houston, Texas. In case you don’t know, an ice house is an open air bar where beer is served, usually from large tubs filled with ice. Next, I visited a Day of the Dead celebration. This is the traditional Mexican way of celebrating Halloween. There was an outdoor fair with food and other vendors. Indoors there were memorial shrines. The final two images are spooky because of their vast emptiness. Both were captured at the George R Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston, Texas. The walkway shot makes me dizzy. All of these were assisted by the low light magic of a Nikon D800 and 28mm f/1.8 G lens.
Buffalo Bayou is a 53 mile long waterway flowing across Houston, Texas and emptying into the Houston Ship Chanel. Because Houston is only about 50 feet above sea level, the Bayous are the city’s main drainage system. Some say a Bayou is just a fancy name for a ditch. This particular section of the bayou is about a mile West of Downtown Houston and has been developed into an attractive park. The downtown Houston skyline is visible from many spots around here. To the lower right of the downtown image is the massive Federal Reserve Bank building. That is where bureaucrats can create billions of dollars of money simply by pressing some keys at a computer.
Santa Fe is a ritzy town at a 7000 foot elevation surrounded by desert. Population is only 68,000. It’s the capitol of New Mexico too. I wandered up to nearby Tesuque and further on to Abiquiu and the Ghost Ranch, an area that inspired many of Georgia O’keeffe’s paintings. The food here is based on Mexican cuisine, but the red and green chile sauces are unique to New Mexico. Most buildings are adobe or a simulated adobe sometimes called Santa Fake. Some structures date back to the 17th century. There are also many art galleries. Note the engine in the rail yard was painted for a Bond movie. It actually belongs to Santa Fe Southern.
Palermo is a small city that gives the illusion of a big one because it is so densely populated. It is a difficult place to drive a car, but all of Sicily is too. Food here is very good and wine is cheap.
When I arrived at the hotel in Palermo the clerk asked if I had relatives there. It was my year round suntan which prompted the question despite my total lack of Italian ancestry.
Kissimmee, Florida is not as well known as it’s largest employer, Walt Disney World. Here Mickey watches over all. To compete for attention local merchants resort to Googie architecture. That is a design where the shape of the building mimics an item for sale, and is often otherwise impractical. The two kids running at full speed on an elevated boardwalk are relatives. That was shot at Tibet-Butler Nature Preserve. It invokes some of the magic of the iconic “A Walk to the Garden of Paradise” by W. Eugene Smith. Some of the photos were captured at Disney Animal Kingdom, a deluxe accredited zoo that is part of the Disney World complex.