Mosaic Architecture

Often times, I get unmotivated taking pictures of the same subject. When this happens — which is a good thing because it forces me to think outside of the box. During my recent visit to Vancouver, I had in mind to shoot the beautiful architectures in the city. While there were plenty of buildings to photograph, I felt most of the buildings looked similar: tall with a lot of glass. I took a few shots but wasn’t very excited by having just another image of a building. However, as I was checking the images for sharp focus, I became fascinated by the building’s reflecting glass colors, interesting geometric shapes and lines. The glass blocks and reflections look more like mosaic tiles. And that’s how I came up with the idea for today’s post.

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Ghosts of The Painful Past

These photos were taken at Northern State Hospital in Sedro Woolley, Washington. It was a psychiatric hospital for the mentally insane from 1902 – 1976. For years, there has been rumors and reports of ghost sightings and other paranormal activities. The place was even featured on the reality show, Ghost Hunters.

Needless to say, I was a little nervous when Mike and I did our photo walk around the area. While I didn’t see any ghosts, I noticed that some of the buildings were eerily quiet while others seem to fill with strange sounds and noises. Guess it could have been the pigeons or perhaps, it was just my imagination running wild…

At first I thought my camera had captured a ghost — then realized it was only a silhouette of Mike.

After walking through the buildings, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of sadness for the pains and suffering the patients had endured — hoping that somehow they are finally at peace…

Architectural Reflections

Seattle, Washington

Zooming Around Town

Saturday was one of those rare sunny days in Seattle… the kind that makes you feel great… makes you want to get out and do something fun and exciting. It was a beautiful day for a ride in a convertible car. I love ridding in the convertible. There is something very exhilarating about the freedom of not having a roof over my head… the feel of the sun on my face… and the hair whipping in the wind…

 As we headed towards Seattle’s famous Pike Place Market for my intended photo shoot, I took a self-portrait from the side-mirror. When I saw the result of the shot, my creative mind started churning… I came up with the idea of shooting from the moving car at different speeds. Luckily, I have a willing partner and driver who were supportive of my interesting idea. I have never done anything like this before… so I didn’t really know what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised by the end results…

Building Blocks

For years, I automatically took only pictures of smiling faces, pretty places, and things.  It was during my year of residence in Montreal, Quebec that my perspective finally changed. Maybe it was the food… or the fact that over 75% of the population spoke French and all I could say was “Bonjour” and “Merci Beaucoup”.  Perhaps, it was the beauty of the city and the diverse culture that captured my attention. Whatever it was, my mind was open to changes.

 The architecture of the city was unlike anything I’ve ever seen… a blend of the old European and modern buildings. It was amazing to see all the different geometric shapes and lines through the camera lens.

Marché Bonsecours is a two-storey domed public market in Old Montreal. For more than 100 years, it was the main public market in the Montreal area.