I quickly realized that, as an amateur photographer and professional architect, I tend to take a lot of pictures that correlate with the AIA's current public awareness campaign - Look Up. I think in my case, I take these kinds of pictures because they aren't the kind you see in guidebooks or history of architecture textbooks. They do however provide a perspective that is just as important as the 'money shot' taken from afar - the perspective from street level. This perspective has always intrigued me. As an added bonus, these shots are normally free of pesky pedestrians.
So I offer this perspective. Maybe you've visited these buildings yourself and these shots may remind you of how it felt to be with the building as opposed to viewing the building. There is something about how a building engages the sky.
|The Cathedral & Campanile in Florence|
|Gaudi's Casa Mila|
|Peter Behrens' AEG Turbine Factory|
|A very dirty Cologne Cathedral|
|Centre Georges Pompidou - Rogers & Piano|
|FLW's Kentuck Knob|
|FLW's Robie House|
|Stehli Silk Mill, Lancaster, Pennsylvania|
|St. Catherine of Siena Chapel, Estes Park, Colorado (during a snow storm)|
|Fonthill Castle (Mercer Museum), Doylestown, Pennsylvania|
|Portland Building by Michael Graves|