Credit: NASA image by Craig Mayhew and Robert Simmon, NASA GSFC
So, what then, is the purpose of this site exactly? It is to provide a place to share my emerging collection of photographs of cities around California, the United States, and to some extent, the world. These images are presented primarily as a series of photo essays that examine the interplay of the local and the global, the past and the present, the natural and the artificial, in shaping and reshaping our urban experiences. In addition, this site contains links to geotagged collections of the thousands of photographs I have taken of select urban landscapes around the world. As my travels continue, these collections will grow. While the photo essays are intended to tell my own stories around the cities I experience, the photo collections are meant to provide fodder for readers wishing to narrate stories of their own.
California and the WestLos Angeles and coastal Southern California
San Francisco and the extended Bay Area
Munich and Salzburg
AcknowledgmentsThis site began as a sabbatical project during the Fall 2009 semester. Thank you to the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees and the Sabbaticals Committee of the SMC Academic Senate for affording me this opportunity. There have been several inspirations to this project, including the countless photo essays produced online by publications such as Foreign Policy, Der Spiegel, and the Wall Street Journal. Examples of photo-centric projects that have a more explicit, geographer’s interest in the cultural landscape, include the following:
- University of Oklahoma geographer Bret Wallach's Great Mirror
- the Geo-Images project by the Department of Geography at the University of California, Berkeley
- the Center for Land Use Interpretation, including both its many online exhibits and its Land Use Database
All of the work at this site is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. If you have any comments or questions about what you find here, please don’t hesitate to contact me.