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The intersection of architecture, art my photos, my words

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, the subject of my featured gallery for December, 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.

Entrance to Bally's, Las Vegas, Nev.

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.

Looking up at the Texas Capitol dome from rotunda floor, Austin, Texas.

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.

Cubed Curve sculpture and buildings, Sixth Avenue and W 50th St., New York City.

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.

Skylight in the roof of Guggenheim Museum is framed by the spiral walkway, 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.

Looking down the spiral staircase in the Trustee House at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, Ky.
Looking up at the Texas Capitol dome from rotunda floor, Austin, Texas.
The view from the stage of the Memorial Amphitheater, Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
Buildings in the World Finance Center are reflected in the surface of a neighboring building in New York City.
30 Rockefeller Plaza stands bright against a January night sky, New York City.
The hallway on the top floor of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., Is surrounded by a balcony with additional exhibits.
Entrance to Bally's, Las Vegas, Nev.
The view of the towering arches of the main hall of Union Station, the historic train station in Washington, D.C.
Fire escape casts shadows across red bricks, New York City.
Looking up at a lamp and building (515 W. 23rd St.) along The High Line, a 22-block long public park built on a historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side, New York City.
Looking up at the former Enron building, 1400 Smith St., Houston.
Windows and garage doors on a hill on Grove Street, San Francisco. The address of the building is 801 Filmore St.
A view of lamps and arches on the Brooklyn Bridge, New York City.
Buildings reflected by One World Trade Center, with "ribs" of transportation center in foreground, New York City.
Reading room in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Visitors walk inside the giant atrium of the Oculus. The Oculus, a futuristic structure designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to look like a dove in flight, is the centerpiece of the World Trade Center transportation hub in Lower Manhattan in New York City adjacent to the 1 World Trade Center building. The massive Oculus includes train and subway connections, retail space and restaurants.
Skylight in the roof of Guggenheim Museum is framed by the spiral walkway, New York City.
Arched walkway at Union Station, Washington, D.C.
A small plot of green space occupies the middle of a courtyard between reflecting glass buildings at 400 and 444 N. Capitol St. NE in Washington, DC.
Atlas in front of Rockefeller Center’s International Building, New York City.
Walkers silhouetted near the end of Playmates Arch, Central Park, New York City.
Looking up toward skylight from under a spiral staircase, Hotel Monaco, Washington, D.C.
Cubed Curve sculpture and buildings, Sixth Avenue and W 50th St., New York City.
The November midday sun casts long shadows from a fire escape, New York City.
Visitors stroll through the Bethesda Terrace Arcade in Central Park, New York City.
Fire escape casts shadows across colorful windows, New York City.
30 Rockefeller Plaza, commonly referred to as 30 Rock, extends 70 stories toward the night sky above the marquee on West 50th Street, New York City.
Looking up at the skylight in the Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Balconies align on the side of Madison Green, a condominium/apartment building on the corner of East 23rd and Broadway in New York City.
Doorways lead from the main hall of Union Station to the trains, Washington, D.C.
Spiral walkway leading to skylight, Guggenheim Museum, New York City.
A face decorates a building facade on Rue Rossini near Rue Laffitte in Paris, France.
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