Mind Travel: Patterns in Architecture

“Never trust to general impressions…but concentrate yourself upon details.”

~Sherlock Holmes


Architecture, Patterns, Photography, Travel, Cities, International Travel, Pandemic

Temple, Kyoto


Architecture, Patterns, Photography, Travel, Cities, International Travel, Pandemic

Ceiling Detail, Sagrada Família


Architecture, Patterns, Photography, Travel, Cities, International Travel, Pandemic

The Oculus, NYC


“What the human eye observes casually and incuriously, the eye of the camera… notes with relentless fidelity.”

~Berenice Abbott


Architecture, Patterns, Photography, Travel, Cities, International Travel, Pandemic

Salesforce Tower, SF


Architecture, Patterns, Photography, Travel, Cities, International Travel, Pandemic

High Museum, Atlanta


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Train Station and Apartments, Kyoto


“I see something special and show it to the camera. The moment is held until someone sees it. Then it is theirs.”

~ Sam Abell


Architecture, Patterns, Photography, Travel, Cities, International Travel, Pandemic

City Hall, SF


Architecture, Patterns, Photography, Travel, Cities, International Travel, Pandemic

Window Patterns, NY


Architecture, Patterns, Photography, Travel, Cities, International Travel, Pandemic

Copenhagen Verticals



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  1. Wonderful! Your camera captured the beautiful details that the eyes missed in a hurry. Love the pictures.

  2. love the ceiling detail click ❤

  3. loved the post the pictures and the comments. it was a joy to be part of all of your warmth and affection. Pictures indeed speak a thousand words. Well done Jane. cant’ wait to watch something that’s more outstanding than these from you soon. and yes, stay safe, to you and to all the wonderful supporters and commenters.

  4. oh wow! They are beautiful with the detail

  5. Agree wholeheartedly. The details are what matter…

  6. The patterns are so mesmerizing!

  7. I too stood below the Sagrada Familia vaulted ceiling looking up in awe as it took my breath away. This is such a wonderful gallery of images Jane that also takes my breath away :-).

  8. Nice work!

  9. The ceiling of La Sagrada Familia is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen in person. The genius of Gaudi’s works all over Barcelona are astounding. Thanks for sharing these awesome pictures.

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  10. Really beautiful photos, so pleasing to the eye. There’s something so soothing about them. Thanks a lot Jane

  11. This is what I find always look around with forms , and shapes and streets .. when it comes to taking to Architectural pictures and street photography.. look for lines and structure and character …. people also add to this character .. so be subjective to the photography.. all the best 👍

    • Hi Philip, This is next level thinking in photography- to see past “objects and things” and look for form, color, lines and textures. I agree, human form adds to the complexity. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts.

  12. Great photos of some beautiful places, and some really lovely quotes 🙂

  13. Interesting selection. I don’t think I’ve been to any of those spots except La Sagrada Família, and the ceiling hadn’t been built yet then. (On the other hand I’ve probably driven past SF City Hall and the Tower, but it’s been a long time.) In any case, it’s nice to see it’s not just nature’s patterns that are interesting.

  14. Very impressive set of images, Jane, many to like >>> my favourite is Window Patterns NY, both for being “Rothkoesque”, and for being materially uplifted by that little bush at bottom right.

  15. Incredible picture ☺️👌👌 every picture gives a story

  16. Wonderful architectural detail and delights. I really enjoyed the Copenhagen photograph – maybe because of the people out on bikes?!
    Thanks, Jane.

  17. I love it, Jane, what an eye you have for patterns and architecture. The opening photo is one I would not mind having on the wall – that delicious orange is such a nice surprise amidst all the perfectly organized and sober details of the temple architecture. The Sagrada Familia ceiling is beautiful, and I smiled at the Oculus – perfect! The other standouts for me are the High Museum shadows (that’s how to use bright, southern sunlight to advantage!) and the NY windows. Very satisfying, Jane. 🙂

  18. capturing architectural pieces are tricky but yours came out amazingly!!

  19. Fine set! Gaudí for me please!

  20. Jane, this an amazing collecting , I almost got dizzy viewing them from your great perspective.

  21. Great collection of architectural designs!

  22. Some of the building photos make me feel anxious – too much metal and not enough space. However, I love SF City Hall and Ceiling Detail, Sagrada Família. I hope you are well.

  23. Excellent, Jane! Thank you!

  24. Well, maybe the devil is in the details, but definitely some angels in the architecture, very fun and stimulating traveling with you. When I looked at this post the first time, on a little cellphone screen, the ceiling of la Sagrada Família looked like a closeup of gears, like a complex set of cogs on a bicycle, but when I see the picture enlarged, it’s great, very complex and yet still very organic-looking. And nice shot of the Oculus, one of the most exciting things to be done in NYC in years. These are all terrific

    • Thanks very much, Robert, for your thoughtful response. I love your opening line. Interesting about Sagrada on a small screen…I can see that. It is the most astounding basilica I’ve ever seen. Glad you like this angle of the Oculus and I agree, it’s a very successful design. So glad you enjoyed this one. 🙂

  25. I never noticed that spine in the Oculus (only been in it a ton!) but will have to look next time in.Thanks!

    • Hi Bob, That’s wonderful and goes right along with the Berenice Abbott quote I chose below it: “What the human eye observes casually and incuriously, the eye of the camera… notes with relentless fidelity.” Perfect, my friend! Thanks so much, as always, for you encouraging support.

  26. These are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them, without you these images would have gone unseen and I am all the richer for having layed eyes on them 💜

  27. once again great pictures of the architecture of big cities, I especially like the 1st, 3rd. and 4th photo good.
    best regards robert

  28. You’ve captured some of the very best designs here, Jane. Beautiful structures!

  29. Love these!

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  30. These are all beautiful images Jane 👍🏻

  31. Excellent selection of patterns!

  32. That’s a great geometric picture of the apartments and the train station and tracks.

    Like you, I’ve taken pictures in the Sagrada Família, the Oculus, and the High Museum. Architecture is a photographer’s friend.

    • Thanks so much, Steve, for your appreciation of that image. Japan is full of interesting buildings like this. I’m so glad you’ve been to the other great buildings and I couldn’t agree more about architecture and photography. 🙂

  33. Excellent post! I particularly like High Museum, Atlantic and Copenhagan Verticals for the shadows in the images.

    • Hi Stephen, I’d love to get back to the High someday. A beautiful museum. Glad you liked that and Copenhagen in particular. Thanks so much and I hope you are faring well during these times.

  34. Beautiful patterns to draw the eye. I think the first two are my favourites, and Kyoto and Copenhagen.

  35. Stunning splendor. Majestic moments with fantastic feel. This series has my head nodding with silent yesses.

    • Thanks very much, Jordan. I really appreciate your wonderful reaction. The minds of architects are a marvel to me. 🙂

      • Me, too. I have to be comfortable with the not-knowing, as I am as well an Architect, or was for 35 years. I keep a decent grip on the steering wheel of my mind so to speak or so I think. Though, I also have to laugh at and with myself, as sometimes I feel I’m just along for the ride. Sometimes a Brahma bull, sometimes an Audi R8, sometimes just immersed in a pond where the water’s surface is like glass. That last one’s a fun one when I have a deadline for myself. 🙂 It took me into my mid 30s to get my Self Driver’s License for my noggin so to speak.

        • Serendipity that I complimented the minds of architects to an architect. Bravo, Jordan. Let your mind go to all those places for inspiration! 🙂

          • Excellent serendipity, Jane!

            I’d love to say I will, though 🙂 it has had a habit of dragging me right over the horizon since as long as I can remember. One of those “Must” parts of the creative model I was born with. I have to say, that has always been one of my fave parts of the process.

  36. Gorgeous patterns, beautiful photos.

    I’ve been to Barcelona, where Sagrada Familia remains under construction. That’s the ultimate in construction change orders. My sis, Ginny, won a vacation to Spain, when we were much younger. I went with Ginny as her interpreter, as her then-husband couldn’t get time off from work. I was a fluent speaker, courtesy of my military days.

    • Thank you, David. What a great memory of your trip to Spain. I think the Basilica will be under construction for many years to come, although they did say they had a completion date when we visited. 🙂

  37. I especially love the– Ceiling Detail, Sagrada Família, The colors are stunning in the natural light. Lovely photos 🙂

  38. Those shadows at the Atlanta’s museum give a special effect to the photo, incredible 🙂 stay safe and greetings from Lisbon, PedroL

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