traveling thoughts of an architect
21 January 2011
What do non-architects do when they travel or go on vacation? I have no idea…probably relax.
Now let’s talk about what architects do. They look at architecture when they travel, what else. And if you are an architect married to someone who is not an architect, you mostly keep it to yourself. That is until you swerve off of the road because you are looking at the building under construction off in the distance rather than…oh let’s see…in front of you.
I started writing this post a few days ago, but today I was reading Bob Borson’s blog and he posted a list of “When you are an architect…” items that were too funny, but true to ignore. Several of them related to my intent for this post, so I’ll restate a few of them to help in making my point about architects.
- your vacations always become research.
- you stare more at the buildings than the people gathered around them
- there are no people in your travel photos
- you visit an art museum and take pictures of the building
I love photography…almost as long as I have loved architecture. In fact, there was a time where being one of those photographers for National Geographic or Life Magazine was a cool notion. That was of course after giving up my dream to be a Marvel Comic book artist. But that’s another post…why are you making that face? Nevertheless, photography remains an avid hobby and anything I know came from reading and experimenting. So consider me an amateur. But since I am a real architect (I’ve never played one on TV), I love to photograph architecture. Surprised?
Perhaps if you are not an architect, but a photographer (amateur or professional), you can relate to my enthusiasm to photograph our world in a unique way. How does the architecture become a great photograph without giving up its identity? Can you take a really cool picture even if the architecture is not great? These are some things that go through my mind when we travel. Most times I don’t even tell my family what I am doing or thinking…they put up with enough as it is, believe me.
The photos were taken by me over the course of several recent trips. The locations, buildings and architects are noted. What do you think of them? I hope you enjoy it. Oh and one last thing, we do have thousands of photos of our son too.
- Akron Art Museum (by Coop Himmelb(l)au), Akron OH
- Contemporary Arts Center (Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art) (by Zaha Hadid), Cincinnati OH
- Skywheel, Niagara Falls, ON
- Ontario College of Art & Design :: Sharp Centre for Design (by Will Alsop, Alsop Architects), Toronto, ON
- Peter B. Lewis Building, Case Western Reserve (by Frank O. Gehry, Gehry Partners), Cleveland, OH
- Royal Ontario Museum Michael Lee-Chin Crystal Addition (by Studio Daniel Libeskind), Toronto, ON