Cloudscrapers

In the city, we tend to keep our heads down; these photos invite us to look up. It’s not always obvious what’s sky, what’s glass, or which way is up. Steel grids simultaneously order and distort the view, as windows become mirrors, the natural and the manmade jostle for space, and the imposing structures that […]

Pareidolia

Pareidolia: the tendency to perceive a specific, often meaningful image in a random or ambiguous visual pattern. Growing up I spent my days immersed in nature…building forts in the woods alongside creeks in the summer and out of snow in the winter. Creating a built environment out of nature. Today, I reimagine that natural world […]

Urban Quilt

In the city that built the first skyscraper, the lines that structure the urban landscape run north and south, east and west thus creating ‘the grid’. However, the most striking lines are the ones that run from street to sky. The facades of Chicago’s imposing towers make up this whole other grid, the one staring […]

From the ‘L’

Public transportation, particularly the subway and ‘L’, has always intrigued me. Growing up in a town of about 5,000 people in rural Wisconsin, nowhere near any form of public transportation, there’s just something about the train that felt so completely urban, exotic, and foreign to me. Most of us tend to ride the same lines, […]

The White City

The city can be beautiful. The city can be ghastly. In this series, inspired by Erik Larson’s bestselling historical book, The Devil in the White City, I examine the urban environment as a physical manifestation of human intentions, both the good and the evil. As architects and planners strive to impose order and harmony, mischief […]