A view of the Boston Harbor and Skyline from atop the elevation at Seaport Square and Fan Pier Park. One of the most beautiful and most photographed areas of Boston.
Standing at the South Station surface entrance of the Rose Kennedy Greenway in Downtown Boston.
In June 2020 at a little past eight in the evening and not a soul in sight. Something I thought I’d never see at Faneuil Hall, Quincy Market and the Custom House Tower.
A calm and quiet 2020 evening at Boston's South Station from The Greenway.
Historical Trinity Church residing at its current location at Copley Square since 1872
Looking across Essex Street near Chinatown at the State Street Corporation Building towering over the Greenway
The Federal Reserve and One Financial Center looming over South Station on the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
I shot this image of 125 High Street peeking down Matthews Street from Federal. The 30-story postmodern highrise in the Financial District of Boston was formerly the 16-story Traveler’s Insurance Building before being demolished and rebuilt in 1988.
Millennium Tower, a 60-story residential skyscraper in Boston, Massachusetts located at 1 Franklin Street. Millennium Tower and the Burnham Building now occupy the space where Filene's Basement used to reside.
The "pregnant" skyscraper in the heart of Boston's Financial District
Standing at Devonshire Street and Otis Street in Boston, looking up at the familiar “State Street” building on Lincoln Street.
Copley Square, one of my many favorite places in Boston. Home of the McKim Building, old location of the mfa. And, pictured in my photo, Trinity Church and the Hancock Tower.
With tourists and people visiting Boston, this location at the Boston Harbor has always seemed to be the photographically iconic spot. When searching the web this location across from the Boston Harbor Hotel and just in front of the US Courthouse looks to be photographed more than just about any place in Boston. In latter years I would imagine the Zakim Bridge is giving it a run for its money, however.I try to make it down every other year or so and get a slightly different angle for my shot of this popular spot. The new elevated seating area at Fan Pier Marina where the Harborwalk turns along Liberty Drive has become a popular spot for this photo as of late. I noticed the perspective from that area cuts off a large part of the scene, so this year I opted to get closer to the Courthouse. I was happy to see this ship parked at the docks and get it into my shot.
Standing across the street from the Federal Reserve building at the corner of Atlantic and Summer, you have an awesome view of the entrance of South Station. I’m pointing slightly the other way here, looking over toward 125 Summer Street.Along the Greenway here at the intersection in this large open space, the entrance to Occupy Boston’s Tent City was set up not too many years ago, at the end of 2011. What a contrast looking at it now during the Covid months of 2020.
Seaport Boulevard Boston
The new addition to the Boston Skyline, One Dalton--overreaching the Pru and the R2D2 building. One Dalton is the tallest new building erected in Boston since 1976. It’s a beautiful building but difficult to photograph in all its glory while maintaining the perspective of the surrounding structures.One Dalton is over 60 floors and will have about 160 condos. Not to worry, if you don’t want to live there you can always get a room for just a bit less than $700 a night. I’m all over it… well, maybe not.
The Grand Junction Railroad bridge running under the BU bridge has probably been photographed, and graffitied, too many times to count. Amazingly, most of the Grand Junction was still in use hauling scrap to and from Everett’s Schnitzer scrap yard, as well as freight to the Chelsea Produce Market, until only a few years ago.In November of 2012, Amtrak and MBTA equipment moves were limited to 5 miles per hour over the Grand Junction Railroad Bridge, and freight traffic was not allowed to use the bridges. On November 21, the bridge was closed to all rail traffic due to its poor condition. The bridge reopened in early January 2013, but was closed again from March to June for additional structural repairs.The Grand Junction was chartered in April of 1847 connecting railroads entering Boston from the North and West with the East Boston wharves.
Crossing over Atlantic Avenue from the Rose Kennedy Greenway you will come to this very unique installation right where East India Row runs into the Boston Harbor. This is a very good spot to photograph the harbor from, or even the Moakley US Courthouse across the harbor.If you just turn, however--and gaze up at the skyline above Purchase Avenue, the installation here, oddly titled “Untitled Landscape” will be staring you right in the face. The pieces are four blocks of stainless steel that have an obtuse angled bend. They have the appearance of four shiny laptop computers facing each other in pairs. However, the pieces were made in 1964, far before laptops existed. People do confuse them with solar panels.
This is the third of a series of three OWTC buildings I planned on shooting. It seemed like a lifetime waiting for the construction to be completed to the extent of being able to photograph. I certainly was not disappointed with the incredible architecture and what an interesting subject OWTC is to shoot.The symbolic cornerstone of One World Trade Center was laid down in a ceremony on July 4, 2004,but further construction of the tower was stalled until 2006. The cornerstone was temporarily removed from the site on June 23, 2006. The project was delayed due to disputes over money, security and design but the last major issues were resolved on April 26, 2006 with a deal between developer Larry Silverstein and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. During the summer of 2006, explosives were detonated at the World Trade Center construction site, testing the use of charges to clear bedrock for the building's foundation. Controlled explosions continued for approximately two months thereafter.On May 10, 2013, the last two sections of the building's spire were installed making it the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere, and the 3rd tallest building in the world. The building opened November 3, 2014, to 175 employees of publisher Condé Nast, and opened to the public on May 28, 2015.
Always, one of my favorite places to visit--hang out or photograph in Boston. It’s estimated Faneuil Hall has upwards of 20 million visitors annually.After the project of erecting a public market house in Boston had been discussed for some years, Peter Faneuil offered, at a public meeting in 1740, to build a suitable edifice at his own cost as a gift to the town. There was a strong opposition to market houses, and although a vote of thanks was passed unanimously, his offer was accepted by a majority of only seven. Construction of the building was initiated in Dock Square in September of the same year. It was built by artist John Smibert in 1740–1742 in the style of an English country market, with an open ground floor serving as the market house, and an assembly room above. Faneuil Hall is one of four historic buildings in a festival marketplace, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, which includes three historic granite buildings called North Market, Quincy Market, and South Market adjacent to the east of Faneuil Hall, and which operates as an indoor/outdoor mall and food eatery. It was designed by Benjamin Thompson and Associates and managed by Ashkenazy Acquisition Corp.; its success in the late 1970s led to the emergence of similar marketplaces in other U.S. cities.
My last trip to Battery Park in New York before the craziness struck. The facade of the Regal Theater, now the Conrad, has changed a bit over time. I thought I could better represent my vision of the years gone by at this popular spot through black and white.Cineworld Group, the mother company of Regal operates one of the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuits in the United States, consisting of 7,211 screens in 549 theatres in 42 states along with American Samoa, the District of Columbia, Guam and Saipan as of October 28, 2019.This is just one of the very many spots near and around Battery Park and the areas Southwest of the Brooklyn Bridge I enjoy meandering through and photographing whilst in Manhattan.
The supermoon of April 2020 brought the largest full moon of the year. Ordinarily I prefer to shoot a full moon from the Charles River as the moon hangs beautifully over the downtown area of Boston. Depending on where you’re located and what time of the evening you’re shooting, the scenic possibilities over Boston with the full moon are endless.On this occasion I elected to try something a little different. I headed for the area of the harbor down by Aquarium and the Seaport. There was an incredible spot, wide-open and just inches from the water with a spectacular view of the harbor. As the moon ascended it produced an incredible reflection running right between a couple of dozen small sailboats sitting peacefully in the harbor. It was a calm, quiet amazing night, about 60 degrees with very low wind. I could not have ordered a more perfect situation.The scene, the colors, the light and all the other little details were perfect, making this shot easy and very enjoyable to capture. Living in Boston, with a harbor on one side and an ocean on the other has never been anything but aesthetically spectacular, for a photographer, anyway.
Custom House Tower rising up in the background of Faneuil Hall, next to Quincy Market in Boston.
Although the Harborwalk STILL isn’t completed, where it connects to N. Washington Street, it’s very close. This view, at the foot of the stairs leading up to Washington, shows the TD Garden (Boston Garden) and the Zakim Bridge as you view down the Harborwalk and the shops at Lovejoy Wharf.
Street level with my neck at maximum crank shooting up at One World Trade Center in New York City.
A view across Fort Point Channel of the Waterfront and Boston Harbor, from between Summer Street and Congress Street.Feeding into the harbor, Fort Point Channel is a waterway separating South Boston from downtown. The channel and neighborhood of the same name are the centerpieces of Boston’s revitalized waterfront. The neighborhood was named to celebrate Fort Hill, a colonial-era fort built to defend Boston Harbor. The bastion was constructed on a hill, part of which jutted out into the harbor, a geographical feature called a point.Fort Point Channel has a significant place in American history as it was the site of the Boston Tea Party. In the 1830s, the neighborhood’s wharfs and warehouses stored vast quantities of sugar and molasses as well as items used in the local shipbuilding trade.
I had a rare chance here to capture the Longellow and Zakim in one shot with good early evening light, the moon, clouds and no sailboats in the foreground-so I took it! Zakim Bridge, which was built during the Big Dig, is one of widest cable-stayed bridges on the planet. Its obelisks deliberately mirror the nearby Bunker Hill Memorial and serve as an homage to those who lost their lives while fighting for their freedom.The Longfellow is also dubbed the "Salt-and-Pepper Bridge" because its towers resemble salt shakers, this bridge joins Beacon Hill to Kendall Square in Cambridge. Cyclists, pedestrians, cars, and trains all use the bridge.
Went out this afternoon to get a shot with a different perspective of the Longfellow Bridge. After setting everything up, I couldn’t resist this pano of the Esplanade and Charles River.The Esplanade was originally dedicated as the Boston Embankment in 1910. The Embankment was created as part of the construction of the 1910 Charles River Dam Bridge (today the site of the Museum of Science). The parkland was criticized for its lack of shade trees, refreshment stands, recreation facilities, transportation utility, and visitors. It extended to Charlesgate (upstream of the Harvard Bridge) and connected with Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace system of parks and open spaces. To address criticism, trees, a refreshment pavilion, and concerts were brought to the park.
The far end of Fort Point Channel with Fort Point on one side and Boston along the Greenway on the other… with the Summer Street Bridge off in the distance.With the completion of South Station, the Eastern Railroad Bridge was no longer needed and, in 1899 was replaced with the Summer Street Bridge. Many wool merchants moved across the channel at the time from Dewey Square to the new wool warehouses and offices that the Boston Wharf Company constructed for them along Summer Street. By 1930, the district had become the center of the wool trade in the United States.
On my last half-mile on this year's Kelby Photo Walk I looked up on the back side of Quincy Market right before you get to the Old State House, and observed this nice contrast of old to new Architecture.
In all the trips to and past the Hancock with a camera I believe I’ve never produced a black and white. So, I guess I’ll call “Hancock Sky” my first enterprise with black and white and the Hancock Tower.Before September 11, there was an observation deck with views of Boston open to the public atop the Hancock Tower. You guessed it, not any more. The highest observation deck open to the public in Boston is now the Prudential Tower.The name of John Hancock Tower officially changed to "200 Clarendon" in mid-2015, when the prior company's lease expired.
Standing at the far end of the pier, looking back at The Custom House and The Old State House. Once upon a time the part of the pier I was standing on extended almost a half-mile out into the harbor.
The Longfellow Bridge in Boston crossing over the Charles River toward the Massachusetts State House.It was a very uneventful sky approaching blue hour. Just after sunset, maybe twenty minutes, the clouds came out of nowhere. The wind was 10 to 12 mph., so there was a little movement in the clouds over my short time-exposure, which was only 25 seconds. Not too long after that the moon came popping out and moving upward and toward my right from out behind the Millennium Tower.After so many years under construction the Longfellow really looks amazing with the old and new downtown Boston over her shoulder.
An early evening photograph of Christian Science Plaza, illustrating the commanding presence of the new high-rise at One Dalton.This new Boston skyscraper is wrapped entirely in gray glass, which is meant to control energy and glare. The majority of the condo interiors will be “decorator ready” so the new owners “get to” finish their spaces the way they want.Henry Cobb, who was the senior architect for One Dalton, designed the Hancock Tower in Copley Square, some 44 years ago. It’s been reported a condo at One Dalton has sold for $40 million. I imagine the view from there is at least as incredible as one might imagine.
A sunset image of Winthrop Beach from Highlands Park.Ever since the beginning of the Winthrop Shore Drive and Highlands Park renovation, I’ve wanted to get way down on the Highlands side and shoot Winthrop Beach.In this shot I’m down next to the seawall with Shore drive above me. Winthrop residents, Tower Hill and Deer Island come into sight as Shore Drive winds around the beach.
I've walked through this area near Battery Park many times over the years, but never noticed this perspective of OWTC until the day I was sitting down near a park bench and looked up through these barely noticeable tree limbs. I’m not sure it’s even visible during certain times of the year. I captured this image toward the end of autumn this year (2019) so I was able to see through this narrow band of space upward toward the Trace Center.
Walking to the subway at Government Center at the end of the day. A black and white photograph of people crossing the junction of Cambridge, Tremont and Court Streets just outside the Government Center T-Stop. Boston City Hall visible in the background behind the glass structure at the entrance of the subway
Looking past the pond and the Public Garden at Boston's financial district.
I rode over to the Constitution to shoot the cityscape across the harbor. After 20 minutes or so of shooting I looked to my right over at the Zakim and noticed the wonderful sky and light developing.I got sucked in and ended up doing a few shots of the bridge, from the pier. The Zakim is indeed shot over and over again from every concievable angle, but I loved the way the clouds formed here right at sunset as the bridge and buildings were lighting up.Oh, well--”the best-laid schemes of mice and photographers.”
I was down at the Charles photographing some of the blooming trees the other day when this small slice of Boston across Storrow drive caught my attention. As I Looked from the river and past Beacon Hill at the skyline, it suddenly occurred to me I was seeing several generations of architecture. This visual evolution was sitting from the old townhouses right between Storrow and Beacon street, to the Prudential Center and the modern skyscraper at 111 Huntington. What a significant span of time captured right there in the architecture of such a small space.
I arrived at the Frances Appleton Bridge yesterday overlooking the Charles River in the late afternoon. It was very sunny, and there were dozens of sailboats. In just about an hour the clouds had moved in, the boats were gone, and the temperature seemed much colder.Just before leaving I captured this shot of a very peaceful and tranquil Charles. The clouds had completely covered the sun and a long exposure helped smooth the water. We have a whole new view now thanks to the Appleton Bridge.
Trinity Church through the fountain at Copley Square
Skyline from the Charles
Traveling toward Charlestown on the North Bank Bridge, I found this nice little place where three Boston bridges came together. I was on the North Bank Bridge, looking at the Zakim Bridge, while standing under the Interstate 93 Bridge.
Boston Harbor Hotel
Simons IMAX Theater at the New England Aquarium
Rain or Shine
Deer Island Rain
Winthrop & the Boston Skyline
Water Tower Hill
The shiny new living quarters for a few lucky residents over in the Fenway part of Boston
Foliage at Central Park Bridge
The Newport Cliff Walk in RI
Moon on the Charles