BODIE, CALIFORNIA, A GENUINE CALIFORNIA GHOST TOWN: A trip to this high Sierra Mountains town is a trip back in time to the California Gold Rush era. There were over 2,000 buildings in Bodie’s heyday and up to 10,000 residents. But boom became bust with mere hundreds living there in the early part of the 20th century. Bodie became a National Historic Landmark in the 1960s and has been a photographer’s dream ever since. Read my story and see more pictures here, about Bodie, a genuine California Ghost Town. Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100, 10-24 DX VR lens at 15mm, f/22, 1/200 sec., ISO 800. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
AGIRA, SICILY, ITALY: This long abandoned building is near Agira, Sicily. It’s now home to a sizeable pigeon population that calls the old building home. The building is not far from the Agira Canadian cemetery which is the only exclusively Canadian cemetery in Italy from the Second World War. Elsewhere in the country, Canadian war dead were often buried with other Commonwealth soldiers. Agira is the final resting place for all 490 Canadians killed during the Sicily campaign.
Operation Husky was the code name for the invasion of Sicily. On July 10, 1943,160,000 British, Canadian, and American troops landed in southern Sicily in advance of future Allied landings on mainland Italy. The terrain in southern and central Sicily is very hilly and was mostly barren in 1943. The German defenders put up great resistance and the Canadians had it tough in their advance toward Agira. Still, today, one can see the locations of the German defences and the route Canadian troops took in their attack on the town.
After the taking of Agira, most of the Canadian troops were merged with the British for the final advance toward Messina on the northern tip of Sicily. Sicily finally fell on August 17th, 1943, just five weeks after the landings. Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, ISO 250, f/20, 1/40 sec. 56mm on Nikon 18-200 lens, photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
OLD AND NEW TALL BUILDINGS, CHICAGO: Chicago is one of my favourite American cities. I particularly like the careful mix of old and newer architecture and the pride Chicagoans have in their built heritage. There is lots of information on-line that is worth checking out to learn more about the architectural beauty of America’s “Second City.” Chicago Architecture Foundation is a great site and has excellent information about architectural tours. Chicago Architecture Info is another great source of information about Chicago buildings. A View on Cities is a website that features very good basic information about architecture in the great cities of the world. The site contains lots of information about Chicago’s buildings, including photos, year of construction, height, etc. Good for identifying buildings.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm lens at 130mm, f5.6, 1/1250 sec., ISO 800. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
CARIBOU CROSSING, CARCROSS, YUKON, CANADA: For some reason, I like shooting rusted out old vehicles. I’ve always liked classic vehicles from the 40s, 50s and 60s. But the rusty colours in wrecks from those eras hold special appeal. I like the way the browns, oranges and red weave and flow across the dented and broken bodies. This old Ford was especially interesting to me. In addition to the rust, the dents and warps of the twisted front-end make the vertical and horizontal ‘lines’ weirdly attractive.
I found the truck sitting next to the petting zoo at the Caribou Crossing Trading Post just north village of Carcross in the Yukon Territory, Canada. Carcross used to be called Caribou Crossing but over the years was contracted to Carcross. The town, and this cool roadside attraction is found 45 minutes south of Whitehorse, Yukon and about 90 minutes from Skagway, Alaska. Caribou Crossing is worth stopping at. They have a good little museum, gift shop, and restaurant. You can also see sled dogs and even take a ride with a team of dogs. Here’s my TripAdvisor review of Caribou Crossing.
Shot handheld with a Nikon D3100 with a Nikkor 18-200mm at 24mm, f16 1/50 sec., ISO 400. Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography
THE LIDO, VENICE, ITALY, BIKE GRAVEYARD: These old bikes are found on the Lido, Venice, outside what looks like a government building. It looks like a bike graveyard, where found bikes go to rust and die.
Shot with a Nikon, D300, 82mm, 1/200 sec, f22, ISO 1250. 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
TIMBER FRAME BUILDINGS, TROYES, FRANCE: The rain that day provided even lighting for this shot of Timber Frame buildings in the old French city of Troyes. I was driving along the narrow street when I was captured by the vibrant sequence of red, yellow and green painted homes. Shot handheld with a Nikon D300, Nikkor 18-200 VR lens,at 127mm, f/11, 1/125 sec, ISO 1600.
Photo by John Ecker | pantheon photography