Lines of Convergence Near the National Mall

Even though they run off the edge, the convergence of the lines is there. The two buildings line up just right that the lines from one match those from the other. It looks like things continue from one to the…

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Office Building Windows Reflecting the Clouds

The windows covering an office building in the Washington, DC, Chinatown reflect the clouds floating through the blue sky.  Sometimes, glass doesn’t work with you, but in this case, the clouds flow in to the reflections. It’s as if we added…

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Linear Patterns of Modern Office Buildings

Modern office buildings aren’t always photogenic, but in the right light, their linear patterns can stand out. Their regularity shines in black and white. In this case, an office building in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. Rather than hide the…

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National Presbyterian Church and the Neo-Gothic

The main National Presbyterian Church sanctuary is a modernist, neo-gothic construction. It’s tall windows and arches recall the gothic cathedrals of Europe, but with the brutal minimalism of concrete. Except that there are small details that bring it one step back…

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National Air and Space Museum from the Back

Most might be familiar with the National Air and Space Museum as it looks from the front. The tall glass windows. The sharp, pointy sculpture. But from the back, the building is inverted. Rather than the glass, it’s the marble…

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Hirshhorn Museum Curves and Moon Counterpoint

The Hirshhorn Museum is all about curves. The only straight lines are the columns holding everything up. There’s also a water feature that has some straight lines in it. But everything else curves. The result is a dynamic, fluid view.…

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Jose V. Toledo Federal Building and Courthouse

The Jose V. Toledo Federal Building and Courthouse stands in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. The United States built this only a few years after gaining the island from Spain. Over the years, as fashion changed, the government removed or replaced…

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Aluminum Siding on an Apartment Building

Courses of possibly aluminum siding run up the side of a building. Vents peek out to see what’s going on in the alley below. We look back and dare them to break their silence. Even though it’s not where we would…

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Discovery Communications Headquarters

The Discovery Communications headquarters dominate downtown Silver Spring. From several blocks around, you can see the silver building rising above the area. Even though it is so dominating, it still provides intimate settings. Looking up through the structure and seeing the…

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