Riverside Plaza


Certain buildings ground us, providing a deepened sense of place. For me, Riverside Plaza is that structure. The modern, brutalist apartment complex makes unfamiliar streets recognizable, and a place to call home.

Trick of the mind.


This is just aesthetic.
When I look at this picture, the roof of Witch’s Hat Water Tower becomes void space—a hole cut from the sky. Perhaps it’s because the roof’s serrated edge reminds me of children’s scissors, the kind one might use on construction paper. Regardless, perspective clearly influences how we interpret a place.



In one image we see the contrast between nature as a landscape, and the favored clean lines that seem to dominate man made structures—sharp and crisp and so clearly artificial, as opposed to the textured prairie grasses above.

“Real History”

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I was told to take this picture by a stranger; a stranger who I met at Snelling Station. This building, he told me, is what “real history” looks like. To me, this shows us how one’s sense of time and place is deeply rooted in the physical, build environment. “Real history” is what we see, not what we don’t.   

New York Eagle


Looming over Downtown St. Paul from Summit Overlook Park, the bronze New York Eagle statue was initially created 1890. As a symbol for US patriotism, its positionality sends a message of power and domination in the Twin Cities.