SICILY COUNTRYSIDE: Sicily is one of my most favourite parts of Italy. The people are very friendly. Its ruggedly beautiful landscapes are breathtaking. This photo was taken not long before a much-needed summer downpour of rain.
There are few places in the world that have been influenced and shaped by so many different cultures. The rich history of Sicily has been formed by Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Normans, Austrians, French, Germans, Spanish, Italians and the British.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100, 100-300 DX zoom lens at 240mm, ISO 400, 1/400 sec., f8. Copyright photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
MARINA TOWERS AND HOUSE OF BLUES, CHICAGO: I love walking around Chicago with my camera. Beautiful and iconic architecture abounds. One of… or should I say two of… my favourite buildings are the Marina Towers at Marina City. They are affectionately known as the “corncobs”. The buildings sit on a platform that also holds a concert hall… Chicago’s famous House of Blues. Beneath the assembly of buildings is a pleasure craft marina, right on the river. The $36M buildings were opened in 1964. In addition to the residential towers and music hall, when opened, the site included shopping, a theatre, bowling, gym, ice rink and other amenities. The first 19 floors of each tower is for parking for almost 900 cars. The 20th floor houses the laundry facilities. Floors 21 to 60 house 450 apartment units, converted to condominiums in 1977. Real estate listings in January 2013 included 2 bedroom units for $465,000 and larger one bedroom units for $300,000.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens at 125mm, f5, 1/125 sec., ISO 400. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
GOLDSMITH TURRET, TROYES, FRANCE: The prominent feature of this house is its turret. It is known as the Goldsmith Turret and was home to jeweller Francis Roize. The neighbourhood along rue Paillot Montabert has been home to jewellers and goldsmiths since around 1300. Most houses here date from 1530 onward, following the great fire of 1524. Walking the narrow streets of Troyes is quite amazing. The half-timbered buildings seem to hang over the streets. The city even pays tribute to its architectural heritage with its manhole covers, which include a half-timbered design.
Photo illustration by John Ecker | Pantheon Photography