The number of amazing artists that exist in this Community continues to astonish us! But even more so, seeing how much the photos and stories we share have inspired so many of you to reimagine these scenes in such a stunning way.
A Wandering Wayfarer
A person who travels on foot is known as a wayfarer, and architectural photographer Wäyfarer has strapped on their comfiest pair of sneakers and taken to the streets to discover architectural wonders all around us. But sometimes a photo doesn’t do a justice, and Wäyfarer has found an alternative way to view these often under appreciated buildings. When taken out of context from their surroundings, and removed of all distractions, you can truly appreciate the full building for it striking components. Although the touchup process is highly manual – sometimes taking up to five hours of detailing pixel by pixel – we have to admit that we are blown away by the final result! So how does one decide to dive into a tedious artistic practice such as this? Wäyfarer explains how it all got started:
“I began taking pictures when I was just 3 years old and since then, I enjoy every time I take a camera.
But nowadays, having access to the Internet from the palm of our hands, I so often ask myself why we continue to take pictures when we travel, etc. if we can find the same (or even better) pictures over the internet. That’s something we couldn’t do when I was a child or a young guy and there was no internet and we wanted to show places to our family and friends. At that time, taking pictures was completely meaningful.
I started showcasing my pictures in Flickr, Instagram and locally in Bars many years ago. Taking pictures of people and architecture are my two passions.
But a few months ago I realized something that had been disturbing me when taking pictures of buildings. All the architectural pictures showcasing buildings show the bottom of the building, always plenty of artifacts; people, cars, bicycles, painted walls, distracting shops, dirt, to mention just a few annoying things that are not part of the building and only distract and sometimes some of them degrade the architecture and beauty of the building.
It was at that moment that I decided to take pictures of buildings and process them in such a way I would remove any objects found in front of the building or even in the building itself if these were not originals.
So, my images are taken with that purpose in mind. As you can imagine, this requires finding the best moment (less traffic, no people crossing in front, etc.) and taking several shots to be able to remove any foreign objects later in post-production. To decontextualize the building and show it in all its splendor, I cut its outline manually, as is the process of removing the trees from the façade, branch by branch, pixel by pixel. You should see the before and after!! I limit myself to always use ISO100 and 2 stops less than max aperture so I use the lens sweet spot every time and ensure the best quality.I wondered if there was anyone doing something similar? Yes, similar yes, but not the same. Other photographers do great jobs but all crop the picture to avoid showing the bottom of the buildings, so rather than remaking the façade by removing the artifacts that distract, several of them just crop the image. But cutting the building is, in my opinion, not an option, as this is an important part of the architecture of the building and was important for the architect to design it, thus it should be part of the picture.
But not allowing myself to cut the bottom of the building means a big effort and a lot of time dedicated for each picture. Removing all artifacts and cutting its outline manually takes no less than 5 hours, and there are even some that take me several days to complete.And it is by doing this kind of photography and artwork that, in the end, I find taking photographs meaningful again.
Now, when I ask myself why I take photographs I have a straight answer; I do what I cannot find if I search the Internet.”
New Zealand is famous for its distinctive and picturesque landscapes that grace its lands. Within the splendor of its pristine environments is the Glenorchy Wharf Shed that was utilized as a storage shed for the New Zealand Railways.FULL STORY
Half Moon Bay Jail Museum
Before a jail was built in Half Moon Bay, lawbreakers were held in a wooden shed in the backyard of a judge’s home – which also happened to be the town’s courthouse. The conditions were so bad in the shed that the town’s newspaper called for a new jail and in 1919, the Half Moon Bay Jail was built, still standing today as a historical museum.FULL STORY
Sal is one of the ten islands of Cape Verde, off the coast of West Africa. Discovered in 1460, its name was revised to Sal (the Portuguese word for “salt”) when two large deposits were discovered.FULL STORY
A hot-pink confection of Bohemian Neo-Renaissance style, the Hotel Opera stands in the less touristy Nové Město, or “New Town,” quarter of storied Prague. It is a five-minute walk from historic Old Town—an apt reflection of Prague’s nonlinear relationship to time. This romantic city is a unique meeting ground for old and new, historic and modern.FULL STORY
Fire Observation Tower
At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Day, 1885, a new forest preserve was created, ensuring that the 3 million acres of New York woodlands would be kept “forever wild.” Exploitation by loggers had left behind dry, barren land that was especially susceptible to fire.FULL STORY
Nicknamed “Quartzopolis,” Reefton was founded after the discovery of rich quartz veins, or “reefs,” in New Zealand’s Inangahua region. Quartz deposits often foretell the nearby presence of gold, as was the case here.FULL STORY
Hot Springs State Park
The aroma of rotten eggs rarely entices the senses, but should this pungent fragrance hit you while wandering through Hot Springs State Park in Thermopolis, Wyoming, it means you’re on the right track. Pinch your nose if you must, but follow the trail to three soaking pools: the Wyoming State Bath House, Star Plunge, and Hellie’s TePee Pools. The therapeutic waters here, with benefits of boosting circulation, relieving bodily aches, and everything in between, have been enjoyed by the public since 1897–though Native Americans had been utilizing them for more than 10,000 years.FULL STORY
Not many can claim the title of “accidental bowling alley owners”, but Aaron Goldman and Tim Schrager are among the rarified few. Midtown Bowl (originally Express Lanes), has been an Atlanta staple since the 1960s. Generations of Atlantans have journeyed here to roll at this landmark. Which is why it would strike such customers that it was very nearly shuttered.FULL STORY
A monument to love, loss, and above all, wealth, Humayun’s Tomb is not only the legacy of Mughal Emperor Humayun, but of his first wife, Empress Bega Begum. The structure is an architectural wonder, and was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, and the first to use red sandstone at such a scale.FULL STORY
Curaçao is an island off the coast of Venezuela, with an estimated population just shy of 150,000. Although it is located in the southern Caribbean Sea, the island is actually a “constituent country” of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
In the seventeenth century, the Dutch ruled the island and were very fond of colorful buildings— hence the vivid lineup that greets you at the harbor in Willemstad, the capital. It is meant to mirror the architecture of Amsterdam.FULL STORY
Great North of Scotland Railway
Despite its signage, this historic building in the small Scottish town of Braemar was never a railway station. The Great North of Scotland Railway line made its maiden voyage from Kittybrewster to Huntly in 1854. By 1867, this company owned and operated over 360 kilometres of rail, providing passenger service all the way to Scotland’s northern coast.FULL STORY
Zwölferhorn Cable Car
Known for being the setting for many outdoor scenes in the film “The Sound of Music” and as the birthplace of Mozart’s mother, the Austrian lake town of St. Gilgen holds a significant place in the world of music. It’s also home to the Zwölferhorn Cable Car, a two-cable gondola lift that transports passengers from St. Gilgen up to the Zwölferhorn mountain.FULL STORY
Built in 1882, the Hotel Belvédère is cradled by a hair-pin turn in the Furka Pass, a road that winds in dramatic loops through Switzerland’s Alps. In its heyday, guest rooms overlooked icy stretches of the Rhône Glacier and a grotto carved into the blue-tinged ice.FULL STORY
El Rastro Flea Market
Europe’s biggest open-air flea market, El Rastro, is often said to be the northernmost neighborhood of Africa. Each Sunday morning, for more than 400 years, this pop-up souk has meandered through the streets of Barrio La Latina and been a pilgrimage for Madrileños (Madrid’s residents) searching for Spanish antiques, quirky second-hand goods and wartime curiosities not found anywhere else in the city.FULL STORY
Sixty-six degrees north of the equator, off the northeastern coast of Iceland near the Arctic Circle, the brightly painted Húsavik Lighthouse spends the winter in near-perpetual darkness. On December 21, the sun is out for a total of two hours and forty-five minutes.
No, you’re not looking at a UFO, nor are you on the set of a movie. What you see here is a Futuro House. One of less than 100 ever produced, providing owners a taste of the “Jet and Space Age way of living”.
Designed in Finland in the 1960s as a hopeful solution to the world’s housing shortage, these prefab, fiberglass, flying-saucer domiciles were created to be “quick to heat and easy to construct in rough terrain”. Unfortunately the dream was not realized.FULL STORY
Ascensor Da Bica
Built in 1892, the charming Ascensor Da Bica is one of Lisbon’s three funicular railway cars. A funicular railway car differs from a standard tram through its reliance on its twin. Two passenger vehicles are pulled on a slope by single cable looped around a pulley wheel at the top. The pair move in perfect synchronicity: one vehicle ascends as its descending partner counterbalance it.FULL STORY
Towering over Interstate 480 on the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio, written in large letters on the pink cylindrical storage tanks of Malley’s Chocolates, are the three ingredients that make chocolate delicious: cocoa, milk, sugar.FULL STORY
Historic Line 7
Though much of the world was introduced to Turin (or Torino, “little bull”) as the host of the 2006 Winter Olympics, it was actually the first capital city of Unified Italy, in 1861. When celebrations kicked off for the 150th anniversary of that Unification, the Turinese launched a “moving museum,” via the revival of its Historic Line 7 tram.FULL STORY
House on S Atlantic Avenue
Just south of Daytona Beach on Florida’s east coast, the unincorporated community of Wilbur-by-the-Sea offers a more intimate kind of coastal living. The community is one of two in its county that doesn’t have condos or a hotel. Instead, the streets are lined with beachfront homes — just like the pleasantly pastel-colored House on S Atlantic Avenue.FULL STORY
Among the definitions for Awhitu are “a longing to return” and “to yearn for.” This New Zealand peninsula delivers on either interpretation. Perched amid a vision of serenity that anybody would yearn for sits Kohekohe Church.FULL STORY
Marfa Central Fire Station
Founded in 1883 as a water stop to replenish the steam engines running trains between San Antonio and El Paso, Marfa (Russian for “Martha”) was named by Hanna Maria Strobridge. Hanna, the wife of a Southern Pacific Railroad executive, was given the task of naming water stops along the new line by her husband. A voracious reader, she was inspired by a character in Jules Verne’s Michael Srogoff (a handful of other water stops also bear the names of characters from Verne’s work).
Eastern Columbia Building
Amid the glitz and glamour of early Hollywood, the stunning Eastern Columbia Building became a star unto itself. Built in 1930, the thirteen-story Art Deco building was constructed in the Broadway Theater District of Downtown Los Angeles. One of the city’s most photographed buildings, it is considered the greatest surviving example of Art Deco architecture in L.A.FULL STORY
Laurel Tavern Donuts
It takes dedication to begin making fresh doughnuts from scratch everyday at 3 a.m., but that’s just what husband and wife, Will and Jin Kwon do to ensure the freshest doughnuts hit the display cases by the time they open their doors at 5:30 a.m.FULL STORY
Devoted owners of ice shanties agree: “We do not have ice-fishing seasons in Ontario—only fishing seasons.” In other words, these humble winter homes do not merely provide accommodation for some sort of recreational activity. They enable a way of life.FULL STORY
Surf Life Saving
Members of Surf Life Saving New Zealand (SLSNZ) are “In it for Life” – a motto that is actualized by member’s lifelong commitment and passion to lifesaving. Founded in 1910, SLSNZ is a national association that represents the 74 Surf Life Saving Clubs in the country.FULL STORY
Saltburn Cliff Tramway
When the railroad came to Saltburn-by-the-Sea in the 1860s, it brought tourists seeking a beach holiday. To accommodate and entice vacationers Saltburn Pier was built, but with one issue: to reach the pier from town, visitors had to descend precarious cliffs. As problems are the genesis of all solutions, the oldest operating water-balance lift in the United Kingdom was constructed to safely descend visitors down the cliffs.FULL STORY
St. Vincent Pilgrimage Church
It all started with an avalanche & a flask of Holy Blood. At the foot of Großglockner – the tallest mountain in Austria – the majestic St. Vincent Pilgrimage Church presides over the valley. But its epic location in the central eastern Alps is no match for its supremely epic origin story.FULL STORY