2021 Dec 2

Rooftop Deck

Got some photos of the gorgeous new rooftop deck at the KCMO Municipal Court building — just before autumn set in.  Design  work by SFS Architecture.

More HERE.
I was able to collect lots of these on the recent excursion to and though the Dakotas.  More HERE.

2021 Oct 6


This is the new facility in Independence, MO for the US Army Corps of Engineers.  Design work by SFS Architecture; an existing building was gutted, re-skinned and expanded in a couple different directions.

It’s lovely rebirth of a nondescript structure, but you’ll likely miss it if you’re not looking specifically for it, tucked into a low site on the south side of Independence Ave.

2021 Oct 28

Specialist vs Generalist

I've been struggling a little with this apparent dichotomy.   Today's conventional wisdom seems to favor specialization.  "Who would hire a part-time plumber? or brain surgeon?”  But what about the Renaissance man — wasn't he a good thing?  Do we all really want to be pandas and eat nothing but bamboo?

As this relates to photography, the establishment wants to rain upon us a similar advice: produce a consistent body of work.  Within the field of art this (in my current thinking) feels like an unreasonable constraint, and not one that is universally rewarded.  My favorite painter is Richard Diebenkorn who famously progressed from representational to abstract expressionist to figurative work, and finally to his own geometric Ocean Park series.  My earliest and most lasting influence in photography was Harry Callahan, whose work and subject matter varied wildly over his career.

All this is to say that I have decided to make a bold leap against some of the stuff I'm reading, and to continue my photography of both architecture and of people, concurrently.  And of telephone poles and walls.  All my diverse interests and energies will be made manifest and will continue to be visible at this same web-site.  It might appear inconsistent, but it's all photography isn't it?  And isn't photography a specialty?

2021 Oct 6

I've only got a handful of photos in this new series so far, but have a look HERE.

Stay tuned for more...

2021 Sep 8


Maybe it’s in response to the pandemic.  Maybe it’s my own widening perspective.  But today I’m officially rolling out my addition of People to photographic offerings available at Aaron Dougherty Photography.  

Take a look at my new pages for Wedding, Event, and Portrait (a work in progress) photography.  And for a very plausible argument in support of such an expansion: Backstory.

2021 Jun 16

White Cloud Presbyterian

I discovered this beauty while on a road trip this week.  More photos HERE.

And now I’ll stop fooling around get back to work.

2021 Jun 1

Balloon Glow

This is what Kansas City came up with for this year’s Memorial day to replace Celebration at the Station.  It was nice; a beautiful night out.  But I’ll be happy to see the symphony and fireworks return next year.  

More photos HERE.

2021 May 10

Magis Activity Center

On the campus of Rockhurst University, Kansas City.  A beautiful new facility designed by GouldEvans.  

Have a look HERE.

2021 Apr 7

I’ve been updating.  Open and Painted are expanded and clarified a little — and I’ve added an all new tangent, which for now I’m calling Painted II.  Read the rationalizations here.

This is some cerebral stuff.  I recommend you don’t hazard it without some heavy caffination.

2021 Mar 22


This is my first ever ‘technology post’ but Adobe’s amazing new ‘Super Resolution’ deserves a close look.  Recently added as a feature in their Camera Raw application, the development represents a sort of a sea change for photography.  

If you love pixels as much as I do, read more HERE.