This City is what it is because our citizens are what they are.~Plato
New York has its One World Trade Center. Dubai has its Burj Khalifa. Chicago has its Willis Tower.
When tourists visit a city, they scramble to the highest vantage point to get a better view of the overall urban landscape and to better understand the “master plan” of the city’s layout and geography. At that altitude, the city is fully revealed–its contours, its boundaries, its bridges, its landmarks, and where the current location fits into the bigger picture.
If you’re like me, you’re always trying to find the best vantage point to get the quintessential cityscape–with its wide, sweeping view of the city. Sometimes, if I get it right, the photo captures my feelings for the place, too.
Here are some examples of cityscapes from some of my favorite cities. Some shots are from my archives; others are new. Can you guess where I shot them? I’ll give you a few choices to make it easier.
a. From a rooftop restaurant. b. From a bridge. c. From a hilltop. d. From the top of a fortress e. From a ferry f. From an apartment window
The answers are provided later in the post. You can choose the location more than once.
Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome. – Robert De Niro.
I love coming home to Melbourne. The first thing I do is have a coffee. It’s just so much better here than anywhere else. It’s better than in Italy and I travel a lot. I crave it.~Curtis Stone
Chicago, Illinois USA
Let me tell your something. I’m from Chicago. I don’t break.―Barack Obama
Actors, artists, and writers once flocked to tiny Sperlonga—a white confection overlooking the impossibly blue Tyrrhenian Sea—for a soothing taste of la dolce vita. And then time stopped…~Nell Casey, Town and Country Magazine
There’s an ease that I have living in Australia. The best things about Sydney are free: the sunshine’s free, and the harbour’s free, and the beach is free.~Russell Crowe
I love just how beautiful Vancouver is. I mean, everywhere you look it’s just mountains and ocean.~Emma Bell
What? You can’t wait to find out where I shot these photos? OK. Here are the answers:
Rome–the top of a fortress
Melbourne–an apartment window
Chicago–a rooftop restaurant
Vancouver– a bridge
Traditionally, a cityscape focuses on the physical environment. My last shot– a wide-angle view of a shoreline–seems to be dozens of miles away from a city. But, you may be surprised to learn that this beach is a short walk from the heart of Vancouver. This wide-angle view captures the city in the distance, as well as the gentle curve of land and the peaceful blue sky. It is one of my favorite walks in the city.
Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will raise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.― Roman Payne, Cities & Countries
All these cities have their own personalities, quirks, weaknesses, and strengths. I enjoy spending time in them because of their architecture, their physical beauty, their history, their harbors, their people, and their food. (I even tolerate their bad weather because I love them.) Above all, I feel at home in these cities, with their vibrant energy, unique personalities, and striking architecture.
For this week’s Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #29, share a cityscape of one city or several cities with populations in the thousands or millions. They can be near your home or thousands of miles away. It’s totally up to you. Most importantly, show us the big picture view.
A special thanks to all of you who participate in this week’s challenge. The next one (#30) will be hosted by our talented friend Ann-Christine on Saturday, January 26th. Wishing you an inspiring week in your corner of the world, in the city or the country or somewhere in between.
Before you go…
HAVE YOU SEEN THESE?
- Su Leslie of Zimmerbitch shows us some stunning curves in nature.
- Irene Waters tells us about a visit to a Nubian village with striking architectural curves.
- Photographfe joins our challenge with insights on the curves in life and in photography.
- For tips on taking cityscapes, click on this link to an article by The Digital Photography School.
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