Providence, the capital city of the teeny state of Rhode Island in the United States. Lemme share this little city with you as well as prepare myself to remember it before I leave it after my college graduation...

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Street signs





Some 'grafitti'/street art found under a bridge... quite different from the usual stuff seen as this was painted and not sprayed on. The two shots are taken at a vertical angle to show the various levels of type... The whole mural is probably around 15~20ft high.

Saturday, April 29, 2006



TITLE AND CAPTION: Facing downtown at sunset.

Friday, April 28, 2006

A subtle moment to capture



Amidst the gloomy greyness of the rocks and wild vegetation, a glimmer of light shines through a hole (on the bottom of the photograph). A subtle moment to capture.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Converge



Nothing spectacular, but I took this photo because I found the converging of three elements from where I was looking; the highway, the line of trees, and the shadows of me and my friend.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Moving water



So if you keep walking along the canal in the opposite direction of downtown, you'll come to a point where the road rises above the ground, thus forming a sort of shelter area. I was intrigued by the sutble movement of the water reflecting against the somewhat bright light of the setting sun... A variety of textures from the silkiness of the water surface to the roughness of the rocks along the bank...

*** I hope that my style of stringing photos together taken on the same day does not bore my readers. I am merely piecing pieces of the city together in a 'linear' fashion where the depictions in the photos have a certain physical relationship with those in before/after photos. I wish to create a clearer representation of the city. Please let me know if you dislike my style, would prefer that I share in a more 'random' and spontaneous manner ***

THX!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Step to the right, and turn...



[From yesterday's position] Take a few steps to your right, rotate yourself 90 degrees to the left and you are now facing downtown. So there we have it, the same loopy sculpture next to the canal with downtown buildings in the background. You can walk along the canal side on the sidewalk, which is always a neat place to put your mind off the hectics of life. Unfortunately, not the best of photos I've shared with you due to lack of light captured by the camera. Better one tomorrow! PROMISE!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Shimmering loop



Once again, things have been gotten quite out of hand with the end of the semester on the horizon and workload increasing..., and I apologize for no blog entry yesterday. Think I will have to reorganize my daily schdule a little to make sure I come to Daily Photo Blog each day. =)

This is sculputural piece sitting by the city canal along my school's campus. I've know the existence of it since day 1 at school, but never took the time to stop and took at it closely. The day I took this photo, the angle of the sun was perfect for the shimmering effect.

Trivia: red building on the left is the Industrial Design department, while the right building is the Architecture department...

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Clearing



The last of sunset themed photos...

I forgot to mention in my previous blog that I had taken the photo after it had rained in the area. It was all dready throughout the day, but the sun managed to pop out sunset time. PERFECT! To catch the sun setting after a rainfall is pretty comforting image... don't you think? Thus, that is why I climbed onto my balcony, and walked up the steps to take today's photograph (as well as my neighbor's pots in yesterday's photo).

And yes, we see the State Capital Building in silhouette. It's hard not take a picture of it since there aren't that many tall buildings in Providence. You will also see "The Temple" towards the left with the crane whose roof is being renovated from what I've seen lately.

Friday, April 21, 2006

Past plants



I apologize once again for no blog entry yesterday. It is sad how work has overcome me... I was up all night working on my school project till 5am. By the time I went to bed, the sky had begun to lighten up already.... gosh...

Today's photo is another sunset example, one taken from my balcony/emergency staircase. You see, one of the windows in the apt unit I live in is attached to an emergency staircase that links up to the unit upstairs. Today's photo shows items the owner has left outside of his balcony. Some broken pieces of a plant holder...

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Layers of light and shadows



Responding to comments from yesterday's blog, YES, the shadows are of kitchen utensils. I must have bad imagination, cos I can't see which shadows look like musical instruments. Can someone pick it out for me, please?

Continuing along my walk in a sunset moment in Providence, I come upon the view of downtown Providence from College Hill. I love the way tree branches breaks the composition, as well as create multiple layers of viewing. This is the perfect place to view downtown! Luckily, I live just a minute from this park. This park, known as Prospect Park is dedicated to Roger Williams, the founder of Rhode Island, whose statue we see in the middle facing the west. The following excerpt comes from Providence's website:

"Efforts to build a memorial to the state's principal founder began in 1850 and made some headway in the 1860s, when Williams descendant Stephen Randall made a deed of gift for a monument to be erected on Prospect Terrace. Nothing happened until the 1930s, when a new memorial association was formed. The design by the members included a monumental staircase climbing the hill from Benefit Street to Prospect Terrace. Unfortunately, only the portion of the memorial on the terrace itself was completed, comprising a rectilinear portal fronted by a massive statue of Williams overlooking the city he founded."

Far away in the distance on your left, there's part of the downtown shopping mall and the train station indicated by the shallow dome below it. To the right is a structure that looks like a grid, and that... I'm not sure what that REALLY is, but people refer it as "The Temple". Right now, it's under some renovation/deconstruction. Moving on... in the middle of the rectilinear portal, you see, yes the dome of the State Capital Building. And to the right are some commercial buildings...

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

What's inside?



On the same day that I took the photo for the last blog, I came across this house, and was captivated by the silhouettes cast by the sun on the 'window cover'. It totally took me by suprise, since everything else was dull/dark from the low sun (sunset time). Fortunately, the angle was perfect to create the shadows in this way...

So what can you make out from the shapes?

Monday, April 17, 2006

Rebirth



SORRY! No photos from the weekend, because my internet service went down for some unknown reason... drove me totally nuts within connection for the duration — shows just how dependent we are on this informational medium.

On a lighter and brigther note, a sure sign of spring is plant growth. I have never seen young 'twigs' growing straight out of tree trunks. So it totally struck me by surprise when I came upon this tree. There is a beautiful contrast between the rough texture and robust form of the trunk against the delicate 'twigs' sprouting out...

Friday, April 14, 2006

So.. what's this we have here?



So I'm walking downtown scavenging for photos for the blog, and I come across this right on the sidewalk. Hence, VOILA! I have no clue what it is. Anybody out there got a clue? Maybe something to be unwrapped... Well, the photo was taken some time ago. So maybe it's changed and the answer is out... !

Thursday, April 13, 2006

It all comes altogether...



Well, there we have it!

The last two photos were from the same place. I was walking passed the building, intrigued by the Chinese characters. After taking a photo of that, I continued to walk, and the illustrative door popped up. It was such a big difference from the oldness of the facade. And what was behind the door? Well, I don't know for sure, but I heard some rock music coming out...

I decided to take an overall photo to put the two pieces together. The feeling of standing there seeing the two different elements side by side was quite interesting. Not to mention there was nobody else on the street, and the sounds of wind chimes ringing (close to top left corner of photo) from the gentle breeze made everything momentarily surreal...

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Illustrative door



What is the relationship between the door and the illustrations? What lurks behind the door and the illustration?

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Facade to mean what?



Firstly, I apologize for the instrusiveness of the car in the front. Totally disrupts the 'moment'.

Anyhow, in the attempt to ignore its presence, I really like the facade of this building located downtown: its oldness compared to the relatively newer buildings surrounding it. Plus, the type is pretty interesting, with the Alleycat plaque on the left, the fading Columbia Building 15 on the right, and the Chinese characters above and underneath. I wonder what all this type boil downs to... what essence it brings to the buidling... its history...

Monday, April 10, 2006

Trinity Repertory



The Trinity Repertory Company building accomodates the city's local theater group, which runs a season of plays through most of the year. The season begins in autumn, and ends in early summer. I've seen a couple of plays in the past year, one of them being Tennessee Williams' Suddenly Last Summer.

The building is one of the most beautiful in the city with its white grand white and ornamental facade, a strong contrast against the more 'brickish' and concrete building exteriors...

Sunday, April 09, 2006

Beer call



I was walking around downtown, and when felt a little startled to see the neon lights for different beer brands on right in the middle of the day under bright sunlight. I guess I'm just not used to seeing a row of them on like that...

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Down the alleyway...



Sometimes, things as mundane as an alleyway can be quite nice. For me, I was drawn to the somewhat uniform sequencing of the windows on both sides, creating a symmetrical space. Plus, it's empty?! You'd expect to see trash, containers, or cars around, right? (Actually, you can see a hint of a human figure in the far distance in the middle) Furthermore, the skybridge with the fading type is quite beautiful in my opinion — guess I'm just drawn to type being a graphic designer. =P

Friday, April 07, 2006

Spiraling Up...



Not sure what this building is for, but its spiralling staircase certainly makes it stand out from the rectilinera forms of the buildings everywhere else. Just don't get dizzy going down during an emergency! =P

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Downtown Recap



Today, I return back to a photo of downtown Providence, which I briefly described in my first blog. Today's photograph provide a more close up probably the busiest part of the city — the bus terminal situated in the far background behind the show green building in the center. And as expected, all the buildings on the right are office buildings, the 'beige' pyramidic one being the Bank of America building.

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Children's Expression For Peace



Not only do the typical people care for peace, but also children...

There is a designated section downtown with plain white tiles that have been painted. Each tile is an expression for peace by children of Rhode Island. Although I took this photo in midday under bright sunlight, this area becomes quite 'spiritual' when the day comes to an end, and the florescent lights in this little area glow creating a little sanctuary...

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Low tide exposures



The above photo was taken on the same day I took the low tide canal photo I share with you folks last week.

At one point of the canal near the downtown shopping mall, some chairs were lying on the bed. I tried to capture the shimmering light of the sunlight reflected along with the chairs. As insane as it sounds, I wonder if there were dumped by the restaurant just by the side of the canal... (I certainly hope not)

Monday, April 03, 2006

Up above...



Whoa! Tall cranes tower over a construction site in downtown Providence [what the development is I have yet to discover]. I was walking toward the downtown shopping mall the day I took this photo under the bright sunlight... and for a fraction of a second, the light was no longer 'blinding' my eye-sight, being partially covered by the cranes high above.

Thus, the birth of this photo.

For me, I love the way its vertical form contrasts with the low-lying structures around it.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

PVD Canal



Oh dear, I think I missed yesterday's blog... got too wound up with my schoolwork that I missed it. I am so sorry to all the readers who visited but found no updates.

Today's photo is the canal that has been (severly) altered in shape over the past decades. It was once larger, and more organic in form. Now, it's just a narrow channel of water flowing south (the direction the photo is taken) to the Atlantic. The photo was particulary interesting for me, because it was a low tide that day which I had never seen before, - revealing the canal bed. Not too sure what those triangular grids are on the ground.

On the left side is College Hill, and if you imagine further left, you will find Brown University up the hill. The buildings you see by the canal side belong to my school, Rhode Island School of Design (which is adjacent to Brown, practically next door neighbors). On the right is downtown Providence. There is a sidewalk along the canal that provides a nice stroll for people...