The natural world is filled with myriad players, and the fauna and flora are the spice of our landscape. With out them the world would be a very empty place.
The reflections in this portfolio are mirror images of objects on the surface of water, windows, and automobiles. Like our staircase images, some of these reflections are recognizable and others are just abstract and beautiful.
The carnival of Venice, Italy, takes its name from the latin carnem levare, or in modern Italian, carnevale- the farewell to meat. This venetian festival has its origins as far back as 1090, although most scholars date its beginnings in the compagnie di calze or stocking companies of the 15th century. These were private social clubs whose members identified themselves with different colored hose. From these humble beginnings was born the carnival- a festival where anyone, including the ruling classes, would don costumes and masks as an excuse for breaking social barriers, assuming different identities, and indulging in all manners of carnal pleasure. The event always ended on martedi grasso or fat Tuesday, the day just before the beginning of the catholic Lent.
The staircase is a familiar architectural form that can take innumerable shapes. Images of them are sometimes identifiable, and sometimes they are just amazing abstracts that intrigue the viewer. The staircases in this gallery are all of the above and more. After enjoying this collection, you will never view a staircase the same again. See for yourself.
Architecture represents our built environment just as the landscape represents our natural environment. Architecture also freezes moments in human history. For instance, a venetian baroque facade is more than just a work of art. It is a legacy to a period in human history four hundred years ago when art, culture, music and architecture defined the human stage; much like the computer and the internet do today. The following gallery represents genres of architecture from the ancient to the modern.
Everyone loves a landscape, perhaps because it represents the natural world in which humans have lived since time immemorial. Our amazing world provides a never ending backdrop of nature’s beauty. The following gallery represents over 30 years of travel, exploration, fun and adventure.