Vignettes of Japan #12: If I were a Samurai

What I love about this historic samurai abode is its intimate Japanese garden in the heart of the house. The Nomura Samurai House, together with the Kenroku-en Garden, makes Kanazawa a must-visit for anyone who is interested in Japanese gardens.

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Kid’s play

Victor Horta is regarded as the father of Art Nouveau architecture and designed some of the most iconic buildings in Brussels. Sadly, many of his early Art Nouveau creations, most notably Maison du Peuple, were demolished in the 1960s and 1970s as these were deemed old fashioned. 120 years ago, Horta was commissioned to design…

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Work in progress: Sultanahmet Mosque

I’m sure many photos of religious edifices (mosques, temples, churches, etc.) have been submitted to this week’s “Intricate” weekly photo challenge. And I wanted to offer a different perspective… Here is a photo that I took on a recent trip to Istanbul when we were walking around the courtyard of the Sultanahmet Mosque. Built between 1609 and 1616, it…

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Constructing Worlds: Grain by grain, pixel by pixel

Berenice Abbott recognised in Eugene Atget’s images of Paris his ability to fill ‘inhuman architectural photography with human experience’. This set the tone for my recent visit to the Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age exhibition at the Barbican Centre in London. 18 photographers, 250 images. The works are shown in chronological order: Starting with…

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