Category Archives: travels

3D images of WW1 trenches and craters – Google Earth placemark set

Time to revisit this project from 2008: a set of Google Earth placemarks with embedded 3D images of trenches and craters, visited on our Western Front trip. Red/Green 3d glasses (and, of course, Google Earth) required. I’ve posted a handful below and here’s a link to all of the images in the original post.

Google Earth Placemark: WesternFrontEuropeTrip-3D
 download and open the above within Google Earth. Either double-click the .kml file, or drag-and-drop into the Google Earth window.

GEWW1placemarkIconTrenches in the Forest near Haut Chevauche Crater - Haut Chevauche German Kron Prinz Bunker Butte du Vaqouis, Hilltop village destroyed in WW1

175 Rome Churches (animation)

175 Rome Churches sequence – online version and documentation. Includes a list and interactive map of all the churches.

During a period of 11 months I walked and explored the city, visiting, documenting, and researching 175 churches from paleochristian to baroque. I was drawn to the inherent desire in classic church architecture – the focus, symmetry, and implied movement. Over time I found that I was making the same photograph in each space – aligning myself to the center axis, focusing on the apse of the church.

All churches are thinly present throughout the sequence. As the animation progresses each image becomes more opaque and then recedes into the mix.

An earlier version of the sequence, 129 Rome Churches, was presented 30 May 2012 at the American Academy in Rome during the School of Fine Arts Concert. It was shown as a visual complement to Lei Liang’s In Praise of Shadows (2005), a piece for solo flute.

A few more Rome 3D scans

Bernini’s Elephant in front of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva

Constantine’s head at the Capitoline Museum

A tiny Faun relief on the wall underneath Santa Maria Maggiore – rendered with a bit of flickering-light drama…

The Apotheosis of Titus on the Arch of Titus

the general sentiment of the Sienese

il Palio é Vita

We were in Siena during the Palio trials, pretty much by accident. Ended up wishing we could have stayed for the the real race tomorrow (Monday, July 2).

[this is a long mess of a post, lots of images, videos, some sounds…]

the general sentiment of the Sienese
the general sentiment of the Sienese

young men practicing the flag work in Santuario Santa Caterina’s piazza – with little brother documenting
flag practice  flag practice flag practice

Procession to the Contrade Chiocciola church, the night before the first trials

First trial runs – for horse selections

testing the starting rope drop

horses coming out onto the campo

coming to the line



The Campo filled up for the later trial runs – full colors and much rowdier…
Campo full for Real trial run
The Contrade children groups had some of the best seats, and they were also some of the fiercest taunters
 Campo Colors & kids' bleachers Campo Kid's bleachers
and the adults tried to out-shout each other
a shot of the main bleachers
Some audio of the shouting contests

pan of the filling-up campo

horses and riders process by the Contrade kids

the run itself was a bit anticlimactic, at least for us gringos who didn’t know what to look for…

The track after the run
track after the run

We caught the Chiocciola flags and drums procession later that evening:

Crossing the Milvian Bridge