Almost 3 years ago we made the move 20 miles south from Frisco to Dallas. We did this for a long list of reasons, but primarily for the culture. We wanted to be closer to the Arts and Design Districts – and Deep Ellum. Places where creative people congregate. We also like the feel of Dallas in general. We feel like we belong here. In North Dallas we are 15 minutes from almost anything we are interested in and we don’t need toll roads to get there. Surface streets provide excellent, swift access.
For about 10 years now, I have been capturing Texas in all its glory. The minutiae is what fascinates me the most, as is evidenced in my first coffee table book, Texas As I See it. Dallas, on the other hand, does everything on a bigger-than-life scale. As a result, the Dallas skyline was awarded Best International Skyline status in a USA Today poll. And it just keeps getting better as more and more structures add dramatic computer controlled lighting. The addition of the Margaret Hunt Hill bridge designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and the completion of the Omni Hotel were the defining moments in the evolution of the skyline in my opinion.
On various occasions since 2010 I have captured this amazing skyline. In 2013 I had a commission to create a backdrop for KTXD TV in Dallas. The concept was a composite Dallas / Fort Worth Skyline, which ended up being a 15 hour editing project after capturing new images around midnight on two different nights. The result is a 204 inch wide sunrise skyline with the Texas Flag ghosted into it.
During this process I also created individual skylines of each city and produced a highly idealized version of the Dallas skyline complete with the Supermoon from 2013. Since then I have re-shot the ever-evolving cityscape of Dallas on several occasions. Naturally, whenever there is a Supermoon, going out to re-shoot is a good idea, as there is no better backdrop for this celestial event than Dallas.
This year I went out to capture the Beaver Moon over the skyline along with several hundred other amateur and professional photographers. The results were fairly dramatic, but the view from the levee does not provide a complete cityscape. Some crucial elements get left out – like the Omni Hotel.
The image below has become very popular in recent months. This is the origin of the combination skyline and I had completely forgotten about it. During an art show where I was exhibiting Oz, a client requested a night sky cityscape. I looked through my Facebook gallery and resurrected this one. As a result I have printed, delivered and installed several of these recently. The largest one measures 86″ wide by 40″ high and is installed in an office building in Dallas.
I do all printing and framing in-house with the exception of aluminum and acrylic prints. These I outsource.
This image is coming in next week (30×45) on aluminum for Northwestern Mutual in Dallas. It was shot in 2015 when the Trinity River was flooded during an interview with the Dallas Observer:
You can see the entire Cityscapes Gallery on my website as well. This includes Fort Worth, NYC and International locations.
I was recently contracted to produce a graphic piece for Fort Worth.
This is the final edit. Carving a fiddle into the shape of an “S” was fairly time-consuming, but fine-tuning the longhorns and hand-painting them (with a tablet) took by far the longest to get the way I wanted it.
Cowtown – Where the West Begins… To Swing
You know how sometimes you think you’ve done something and find out “nope” – you didn’t? Or you just get so busy dealing with “the 10,000 shocks the flesh is heir to” that little details (like paying bills) just slip through the cracks? Well, I think one or more of those things must have happened after I finished editing the images from our trip to the Bay Area last July.
Interestingly enough, I never photographed the Golden Gate Bridge, even though I lived fifteen minutes from it for about twenty five years. So, off we went last summer to make up for a little lost time and visit with friends and relatives. We also took a little side trip down to Carmel by the Sea and photographed some interesting coastal scenery around Moss Landing on the way. I’ve been fascinated by the big power plant at Moss Landing for decades (decommissioned in 1995) and now I have another goal accomplished.
In addition to the Golden Gate Bridge, you’ll find a few images of Chinatown, Union Square and some random architecture. Not a huge gallery or anything, but some very interesting images, captured in the City by the Bay on a typical, foggy, cold summer day.