Launching the Big Easy — New Orleans!

Hi friends! The second city of my epic Spring Break 2016 roadtrip has been launched – historic New Orleans, Louisiana. There are 2 galleries: the first is tour around some of the city’s famous sites (primarily in and around the CBD). The second focuses on the residential architecture of two of NOLA’s most famous neighborhoods – The Garden District and Algiers.

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Before I depart, I wanted to let you know of which cities are launching or will be updated with new pics next…

  • Dallas and Charlotte fans – my apologizes for your delay. The first galleries for these cities will be coming soon!
  • Memphis and Birmingham will get their pages launched!
  • A spring gallery of Atlanta will also be uploaded over the coming weeks.
  • And many, many more!

Thanks for all the support!

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Launching Salt Lake City!

From the east to the west we go! After leaving Denver and crossing the Rockies last April on Amtrak’s California Zephyr line, I arrived and spent about a day and half exploring gorgeous Salt Lake City, Utah. While weather hampered the second half of the day’s explorations, the sunrise alone and morning stroll through the charming downtown area placed the city on my list of “must return places”. The first gallery, Welcome to Salt Lake City, contains over 50 images capturing this unique place.

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San Antonio, Texas Launches!

THANK YOU to everyone who has stopped by and taken a second to reach out about the new site!

 Our second Texas city, San Antonio, has just launched! We welcome you to check out over 50 new images from The Alamo City at the San Antonio page!

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Later this week, please come back for our initial tours of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and Dallas, Texas.

Somewhere along the journey,

Anthony

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Presenting… our Launch Cities!

 The pages and initial photo galleries are up for the following cities:

Washington, District of Columbia

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Baltimore, Maryland

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Houston, Texas

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 Detroit, Michigan

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Denver, Colorado

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San Francisco, California

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And where are we heading next?

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Welcome to TheAmericanSkyline.com

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“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”
Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

SF_0415_16I’ve always been fascinated with cities. My first website, www.downtownmotown.8k.com, had launched sometime around my 19th birthday – right around the time I got my first digital camera. As my travels grew so did my desire to display some of the images I’ve captured and present some of the thoughts I’ve had while exploring cities.

So, the brainchild for this site began many years ago, but the actual drive to get something launched sprung from an event that happened a few months ago. In November, 2015 my car was broken into while visiting friends in North Carolina. Inside the car – stupidly on my part, I might add – were external hard drives containing years of photos. In just seconds, thousands of  memories had been taken away. There isn’t quite a feeling like seeing a pool of shattered glass on orderly painted lines in a parking lot in the middle of the night.

After the theft, I was incredibly discouraged about what I had lost. I cherish my ability to travel and photograph the places I’ve been – especially the cities. Cities tell us so much – from changing architectural trends to the unique neighborhood spots only the locals can tell you about. Cities speak to both the triumph of human ingenuity and the instances when we fail miserably as a society. They represent the very best, and sometimes, the very worst of us as humans. To me, they are an observation deck to take in how past and present gives way to the future.

Rudyard Kipling said once in a poem,

“If you can…watch the things you gave your life to, broken,
    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools” – Rudyard Kipling, If
PIT_0615_49This site is my attempt to rebuild. It will come in fits and starts… and I can tell you that not every photo you see will be a gem. However, I’ll do my best to capture the essence of each major American city that I find me and my camera in (as well as some of the cities beyond our borders, as well).
Along the way, I hope to hear from you out there. Feel free to reach out and share with me your thoughts, suggestions and questions.
Somewhere along the journey,
Anthony

 

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