ARCHITECTURE & ARCHAEOLOGY

Each image represents its own series. Arrows to advance the images appear when cursor hovers.

Haya Sophia
This amazing cathetral-mosque-museum is the fifth on the site, effectively a collage of decorative motifs. Istanbul, Turkey Digital capture, 2014.
Urgüp, Turkey
The soft volcanic tufa rock lends itself easily to carving out dwellings, churches, monasteries, etc. Urgüp is a popular commercial town in Cappadocia, Turkey. Digital capture, 2014.
Building, Madaba
Of indeterminate age, expressing the simplicity and solidity of life in the Bedouin kingdom. Digital capture, 2014.
Tomb Ceiling, Petra
Sunlight streams in from unglazed windows, illuminating the fantastic sandstone out of which this royal tomb was carved two millennia ago. Digital capture, 2014.
Eroded Tomb Façade, Petra
The combination of richly colorful sandstone, Greco-Roman classical architectural motifs, and centuries of erosion... Digital capture, 2014.
Temple Interior, Khajuraho
Voluptuous women are ubiquitous in these 1000-year old temples, only rediscovered in the 19th Century. There are 22 of them left out of over 80 claimed to have once existed. Digital capture, 2014.
Temple Exterior, Khajuraho
The profusion of carving, much though not all of it erotic, is overwhelming. Digital capture, 2014.
Kama Sutra Scene, Khajuraho
The Kama Sutra practiced by the aristocracy required the participation of attendants. Here, however, one of them is scandalized by the rear entry. Digital capture, 2014.
Cremation on a Wet Afternoon, Kathmandu, Nepal
Pashupatinath Temple Complex is the scene of continuous cremations. It was raining very hard during my visit, creating an exceptional atmosphere. Digital capture, 2014.
Ta Prohm Receding Doorways, Angkor
The Angkor Wat complex is vast, the largest religious monument in the world, dating back to the 12th Century. This temple, Ta Prohm, was the most interesting to me, since it was left in its "natural" state, that is, with the trees that had grown up embracing it left intact. This passage was doubtless once covered. Digital capture, 2014.
Ta Prohm, Spaghetti Roots
Of all the Angkor Wat temples, this one, Ta Prohm, was the most interesting to me, since it was left in its "natural" state, that is, with the trees that had grown up embracing it left intact. Here the roots fan out to the thickness of rope. Digital capture, 2014.
Ta Prohm, Giant Roots
Here the roots overwhelm the architecture with their elephantine thickness. Digital capture, 2014.
Dinefwr Castle, South Wales
Easily accessible, built in the late 12th Century, Dinefwr offers a provocative geometry and overlooks rich farmland. Digital capture, 2007.
Carreg Cennan Castle, Wales
Also from the late 12th Century. A recent rain provided reflections that complement the architecture. Digital capture, 2007.
White House Ruins
The destination point of the only hike permitted to non-Navajos without a Navajo guide at Canyon de Chelly, New Mexico. It was famously photographed by Edward Curtis in 1904. Film capture, 2002.
Les Grands Hommes, Le Palais idéal
Ferdinand Cheval (1836-1924), humble postman and obsessive builder of his Palais idéal, honored his greatest heroes in these naive sculptures: Julius Caesar, Archimedes (whose principle of the lever permitted his work), and Vercingetorix, leader of the Gauls. Digital capture, 2007.
Le Palais idéal
It took le facteur Cheval more than 24 years to build his palace. He was thought crazy while he was doing it, but was later honored by André Breton and the surrealists among others. His Palais was made a national monument in 1969. Digital capture, 2007.
Inside Pentre Ifan
This tomb dates from ca. 3500 B.C.E. and is located in Nevern, Wales, required sophisticated techniques to place multi-ton stones atop the erect ones. It was originally part of a larger communal burial monument that included earthworks. Digital capture, 2007.
Interior of Pompeiian Home
Though Vesuvius took off most of the roofs, the stately interiors of many elaborate private homes of Pompeii are well preserved. Film capture, 1990.
Baroque & Renaissance in Paris
A carousel in front of the magnificent Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) a late 19th Century (1873-1892) reconstruction of a 16th Century renaissance palace.