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I like to shoot scenes on the streets of America. I have had the fortune of visiting some of the country's most beautiful and historic cities. My favorite subjects are people going about their daily lives, being together, at street events, and generally enjoying the spaces they are in. This month, the focus is on architectural styles, early versions of which are particular to different to regions of the country. I have widely traveled through several of these regions and photographed hundreds of structures of various forms and uses, including the earliest settlements by explorers from England, Spain, Germany, France, and Holland. These native and colonial styles are the bedrock of much of American architecture today.




Native tribes in the southwest relied on the loose soil, rocks, timber, sun, and water available to build their residential and religious structures in canyons, cliffs, and mesas for the purposes of agriculture and defense. They made sun dried bricks of gravel and mud for walls and cladded them with a solution of sand, silt, and clay. These materials are called adobe. Beginning in the 16th century, Spanish priests from Mexico plied their way up the Rio Grande River to northern New Mexico and Colorado; the Santa Cruz River to Tucson, Arizona; and Lower California to the San Francisco Peninsula. They adapted the native methods to their residential and ecclesiastical building needs to produce a unique style called Spanish Colonial. Adobe was used for mission churches which were surrounded by walls, arched entrances, and designed with carved doors, ornamental iron windows, and elaborate wall decoration. These features were for attracting Indians to their communities for conversion to Catholicism. Please follow this site for more examples in the built environment as they are posted. I am working on converting this site to a blog but in the meantime your questions and comments would be appreciated at


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