Though I see myself primarily as a landscape photographer, retirement and its accompanying increase in available time have freed me up to travel more often (the kind which accommodates photographing), allowing me to place greater emphasis on a type of photography which had typically taken somewhat of a back seat for me, namely cityscape photography. I’m not talking about ‘street photography’ per se, though the places I’ve visited have often offered countless opportunities for this kind of photography (generally speaking, I don’t feel comfortable photographing people I don’t know, though I admire those who do). I’m speaking more of an approach to the city environment similar to how I photograph the landscape. Recently, my wife and I visited the city of Lucca, located about 17km (10 miles) north of Pisa in the Italian region of Tuscany. This relatively small city with its still intact and remarkably well preserved Renaissance city walls offered us a plethora of fascinating sites which resulted in not only a thoroughly enjoyable visit but a surprisingly productive photographic experience as well. As is nearly always the case with my photography, my intention was not to simply document the beauty and uniqueness of Lucca, but rather to photographically express my emotional response to that which I encountered throughout this lovely and historically rich Tuscan city.
Several months before our trip to Lucca, we visited the German university town of Heidelberg. Living in the north of Germany, I’m often quite fascinated by the architecture found farther south. I believe the look of these southern cities is more akin to what Americans imagine when they think of Germany. It was indeed a pleasure to better acquaint myself with this beautiful and old German city. Despite the often drab skies (this was in early March, 2017), we enjoyed not only the impressive architectural structures prevalent throughout Heidelberg, but also the academic atmosphere which permeated so much the city (approx. 25% of Heidelberg’s population are students from the university). We made it a point to visit the ruins of the historic Heidelberg Castle perched high upon a mountain overlooking the city and the Neckar river. I hope you enjoy the photographs and, as always, please feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of the gallery page.