Look Up

I was told that you can tell who the tourists in New York City are because they are the ones looking up. I always look up in any city with tall buildings. I have loved skyscrapers since I was little. The Chrysler Building pictured here – formerly the world’s tallest building – is one of my favorites. It is an art deco building, similar in style to the taller and more popular Empire State, but with a more elegant look. What’s your favorite skyscraper?

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Modern Communication

Observing human behavior can be very interesting. What strikes me about this picture is that the two people are each holding cell phones. The woman is looking at her cell phone while talking. It is hard to imagine that just 10 years ago smartphones were not ubiquitous. ┬áIt is easy to forget every single thing smartphones have replaced. One really has to take a step back to realize how much smartphones have changed social norms. I find that the conversation around modern communication methods are usually one sided. Social media companies talk about how wonderful their tools are, while critics predict the downfall of society. I don’t technology is inherently good or bad, how we use it decides it.

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A Bit of B&W: Streets of Piran

Streets of Piran

Piran, Slovenia is a beautiful coastal town on a very thin peninsula of land jetting out into the sea. I went there by chance and was awed by the town’s coastal scenery and small alleys. This alley was cool and shady on a hot summer day. You can see how old the cities around the Mediterranean are. I hope you can imagine the feel of the warm sea air in the shade of this alley.

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A Bit of B&W: Leif Shetlands Larsen

Leif Shetlands Larsen

In the center of Bergen, Norway, this statue stands imposingly on a harbor pier. It really stood out. People took to sitting around the statue and birds found the top of the statue to be a nice perch. I didn’t have time to read about who this statue is of, but thanks to the internet I figured out it is of Leif Larsen. He was a naval officer and the most highly decorated Norwegian in WWII. History has so many details, it is amazing how it seems you can never learn it all.

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