Featured for December: The intersection of architecture and art

I have a number of photographs of what I jokingly refer to as "art-itecture” — photos that rely on architectural elements to create visually pleasing or intriguing images.

It's difficult to describe art-itecture, but I know it when I see it through the camera's viewfinder.

I don’t set out with a plan to add photos to my art-itecture files. Sometimes it just happens when I’m on a photo hike through a city. All the composition factors align — subject, surroundings, light, shadows — and I see art-itecture.

At times the photos are simply straight representations of the design itself, like the repeating arches along the exterior walkway of Union Station in Washington, D.C., or the futuristic and colorful entryway to Bally's in Las Vegas, or the repeating lines of balconies on an apartment building in New York City.

At times it's the position of the camera that helps to create the interesting image. For instance, shooting straight up at the atrium in the Guggenheim Museum in New York or the rotunda of the Texas state capitol in Austin.

At times it's lighting that attracts the eye, like the shadows cast by a fire escape on a sunlit red brick building in New York City or the lighting on New York's Rockefeller Center at night.

And at times it's truly a combination of art and architecture, like the blue "Cubed Curve” sculpture in front of buildings in New York City.

I look for patterns, curves, angles, colors or interesting lighting and how those different elements play together.

And when I see it through the viewfinder I know I'm capturing a work of art-itecture.

I add a new featured gallery the first of each month. The numbers in the gallery title represent the month and year it was featured. Last month’s featured gallery, with photos of Blue Jays, has been moved to my featured gallery archives. 

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