The Makomanai Cemetery is on the outskirts of Sapporo, Japan. This 1500 ton stone Buddha sat alone, above ground for fifteen years. The cemetery hired architect Tadao Ando to change the relationship of the Buddha to the cemetery. He did this by building a hill of lavender plants around the statue and the results are spectacular.
Watch the video full screen. It has no sound that I know of but it’s perfect in silence.
Update: My friend Joy Brown found this video of the building of the hill around the Buddha.
High Line, New York.
I was in New York a few weeks ago and walked the High Line with an old friend who hadn’t seen it since it was first opened. It was packed as it is almost all the time now and incredibly, there is more new construction going on there than I’ve ever seen before.
At some point one would think that the city won’t be able to absorb any more high end rentals (think Shanghai) but who knows?
My flickr contact chris schroeer-heiermann posted this dramatic image of the Millau Viaduct, a bridge in southern France which is the tallest bridge in the world, designed by the architect Norman Foster. Chris shot this with a Canon S95 camera which is amazing in itself as the camera is quite old.
My flickr contact Giles McGarry shot this great image, looking up at the Pacific building in the La Défense district of Paris, France.
Flickr member Carsten Heyer took this dramatic image of Antoni Gaudí’s Sagrada Família in Barcelona, Spain.
This is all about being close enough to this amazing and very large structure so that looking up at it foreshortens the towers.
You can see a similar effect in my shots of some amazing tulip trees on the Appalachian Trail near here.
Flickr member Stefan Gehmlich posted this great urban landscape taken with his Ricoh GR II. Perfect exposure and a great composition.
Flickr member ShrubMonkey took a terrific picture of Brighton, England’s i360 vertical gondola. The image and reflections are terrific, even though the “ride” is rather odd.
The reason this particular construction project was so well documented was that it was Rockefeller Center.
No one, not even the photographers, is wearing safety equipment.
The subjects and the photographer are unknown, but the photo is one of the most iconic of all time. With Central Park in the background, 11 men casually have lunch 800 feet above Manhattan. In this short piece by Time Magazine, archivist Christine Rouselle explores the story behind this historic image.
Flickr member Alexander Fink posted this dramatic shot of “Sprinkenhof” which is a nine floor building in Hamburg, Germany. He took this with a Panasonic GX7
My flickr contact Isabelle Wolter shot this in Paris, France with her Ricoh GR.
The idea of shooting an interior with a big window and the space outside as a background is a great one. Tough exposure to get right and it’s great that Isabelle was willing to silhouette the staircase and escalator railing.