McMansionization of America

Over the last few decades, few homes have garnered more attention than the McMansion.  First appearing in the 1980s, the term “McMansion” has evolved over the years to generally refer to a new home which feels too large for its property and out of scale...

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Slivers of Rome

Every couple of years, Gabriela and I attempt to journey a bit further afield.  These adventures help to recharge our creative reservoir, and give us the opportunity to experience the world in a new way.  This past year we found ourselves lost within the...

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Surveying Salk

Great buildings are hard to read at first.  They have an order and rhythm distinctly their own.  The Salk Institute of Biological Studies, designed by Louis Kahn, is such a building.  Sitting atop the long grassy bluffs of Torey Pines, and overlooking the...

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Beautiful Ruins

There is something about the remnants of a decaying structure struggling to hang onto the thread of modern life that attracts my avid interest.  In this, I am not alone.  Tourists the world over travel thousands of miles to wander amongst the ruins of past...

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Modern-V-Traditional

I have come to believe that everyone has their own personal style. For me, I realized long ago that I was a modernist at heart. There is something about the volumetric treatment of a building’s form and its clean, simple detailing that makes me feel content. When I...

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Small Towns / Hidden Gems

I grew up in a small town in southern Illinois.  With a population of only 1,800 residents, everyone seemed to know everyone else.  There existed a local pride and few people journeyed beyond the constellation of neighboring small towns and villages scattered...

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Through a Different Lens

During a holiday in Costa Rica, through pure accident, I got swept up with the notion of documenting my vacation in a way different than I normally would.  Using what I coined micro-photographing, I would capture images of the environment around me during the tours...

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Variation on a Theme

Each year, Gabriela and I try to escape for a long weekend in Cape May, a beach town at the southern tip of New Jersey.  For a change, one year we thought we would see what an autumn visit would be like . . . desolate. Like many towns along the eastern shore, Cape May...

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