The AT&T (Everbank) building is one of my favorites because of the building’s geometry. As you walk around, the structure and windows create different patterns and forms. The right sky can add to the drama of the composition.
Everyone in Jacksonville recognizes this orange roof. I caught this shot while setting up for a lecture at the River Club. Quite an impressive view from the 35th floor of Independent Square.
From the Acosta Bridge, one can get up close and personal with several of the buildings. Tonight there seemed to be a lot of people working overtime. No, that’s not the full moon, just a satellite dish on top of the Federal building.
The Independent Life building is an icon for the Jacksonville skyline. My father drew many of the construction plans at KBJ Architects and I remember when the controversial design began to dominate the riverbank. I’ve grown to love this building and its simple distinctive lines.
When I was a child I played with wooden blocks stacking them into imaginary buildings. This view from Bay Street reminded me of the simple rectangles which evoked wonder and interest.
At certain times of the day the sunlight will dance around the buildings creating a special show. Today I was lucky to be on Laura Street to catch this.
A building’s personality often comes from its windows. The Florida National Bank building on the corner of Laura and Adams has had its windows open for years, applauding all who look up to see.
Like a fun house at the carnival, reflections on windows can provide an interesting view of our surroundings. We have to train ourselves to see a reflection in an object instead of the object itself, otherwise we will miss the disappearing buildings
This is the view from my studio on W. Forsyth. I’m excited every time I walk outside. The presence of these structures is stimulating and invigorating. Most people walk around and don’t notice the buildings…not me.
On a cold January evening, I brought a visitor downtown for some picture taking. From the Main Street Bridge, the Jacksonville Landing reflects its activity in the St. Johns River. You can feel the life of the city all around. [2:1]
The John T. Alsop Jr. Bridge, aka the Main Street Bridge or the Blue Bridge was built in 1941. It's a fascinating structure because you can see all the beams and rivets holding it together, something that seems to be truthful and genuine. You can walk across it, touch it, and feel it vibrate as the cars pass
Buildings are interesting in and of themselves, but often it is the space between the buildings that can create the moment. One step to the left or right and the moment is lost.
From the Acosta Bridge, the CSX building reflects upon itself and the opposite bank at the same time revealing a bit of its inhabitants.
From the upper deck parking in the BB&T garage, I can get close to the AT&T building. A very different perspective than from the street, not that I enjoy looking through windows taking pictures.
I was so happy when Friendship Fountain was renovated. It is a marvelous landmark for the city and symbolic of our outlook to the world.[1.71:1]