2023 Dec 6
DSU Sports Complex
This beautiful new sports complex in Dickinson, N Dakota is the home for Blue Hawk Softball at Dickinson State University. Expert construction by JE Dunn.
Reminds me of my own sports architecture days at a firm I can’t think of the name of off-hand — seems like they changed it every couple of months...
The advice I got before traipsing out onto the tarmac with a tripod was, “Don’t get too close, they bite.” This put me in mind of a startling episode in Joseph Heller’s Catch-22. If you’ve read it, you know what I mean — if not, I won’t spoil it for you here.
This very cool new Skyhaven Aviation Center is the home of flight instruction at the U of Central MO in Warrensburg.
Lovingly built by McCownGordon.
2023 Nov 3
I’ve got a lot of different ongoing collections in my Uncommissioned pages, and I’m beginning to see a lot of overlap between some of the various groupings. Kinda obvious I imagine, if you’re not pondering them all obsessively through the thick and heavy lens of rationalization. As I am.
These latest are from back alleyways in Warrensburg, MO where I had some free time between ‘best’ sunlights for a shoot I was doing at the new airport for UCM. More on that soon…
See the rest of these HERE.
Free time and nice weather is the root of all vandalism.
2023 Oct 6
Biking in the Pyrenees
I don’t know much French, but a line from one of my favorite Stranglers songs says Oui, c’est la folie — Google translates this to ‘Yes, it's madness’
2023 July 17
Ride 2 Boulevardia
Another excellent ride in the books! Wonderful weather, lots of bad-ass riders, coffee! If you didn’t make to this year’s ride, keep an eye out HERE for the 2024 edition...
2023 July 17
Killdeer Maintenance Shop
Here’s a fun excursion into the behind-the-scenes world of road maintenance!
Bulldozers, big trucks, an overhead crane. This is the work your Tonka toys were preparing you for.
New Grain Photos
On a recent roadtrip back to North Dakota, I found more elevators to add to my Grain collection!
See all of them HERE, but use the ‘back’ arrow to see the six added images; from Tappen, Stirling, and Dunn Center.
2023 July 1
Long time ago I was determined to write a book offering free architectural design services to anyone interested, based solely on the proportions of old barns. I’m convinced these are some of the most wonderful buildings ever created. The landscape would be more beautiful if more buildings and homes were shaped like this.
The white one (two photos from different sides) can be seen along I-49 in Missouri, the paint-less one is on I-70.
I throw in the church from an earlier post because it’s an excellent example of these proportions’ universality.
At the Omaha FEMA Shelter.
Arkansas, not Nebraska.
Went back to get these recently, the green lighting is really powerful. See the others Here, click the left navigation arrow to go straight to the new ones.
2023 June 6
Going to San Francisco
Three of my Grain Series photos have been recognized in this year’s AIA National Photography Competition — one Merit Award, two Honorable Mentions!
These and the other winning photos will be shown at the A’23 AIA National Conference in San Francisco, June 7th through 9th; and will appear on the Architectural Record Magazine and AIA St. Louis websites.
2023 May 10
I had occasion to dig out some old photos I’d done for my favorite old professor at KU, Dan Rockhill.
2023 May 3
Ideal time of year for some beautiful scenery. These are from Jasper, though I was also in Omaha (yeah, Omaha, Arkansas).
I don’t have a single image from the many hours of white-knucked driving I survived. Roller coasters have nothing on two-lane highways through the Ozark mountains.
2023 April 28
I’ve added some old photos to the Archives — back when I was using B+W film at the turn of the century. A Nikon FM3, for you camera junkies...
I recently found this gorgeous old lens sitting quietly on a shelf behind whatever it was I was looking for. It’s a Rodenstock Apo-Grandagon 45mm f/4.5 that I used on a 6x9cm roll-back view camera. I’m pretty sure it’s the lens I used taking THESE photos.
45mm in 6x9cm translates to about 19mm on a full-frame camera.
For a deep dive into techno-oblivion, CLICK HERE.
2023 April 22
Gare de Lyon
These are from our travels in 2009, waiting in Paris for a train to Avignon.
And yeah, I know there’s one that’s grossly out of focus. I like it too much to throw away.
Bigger versions HERE.