Austria Series

My first official series was inspired by my various trips to Austria, and it was completed over several years. I typically do not do series, preferring to engage in the moment and my emotions but Austria slowly formed a theme.  I found myself enchanted by the beauty and complex past of the country.  I love both history and modern architecture so Austria is a natural fit.  The overall goal of the series is to contrast the history of the glorious Hapsburg Empire, both World Wars and the communist occupation with my views of modern Austria.  To accomplish this, I've done a number of photo overlays as well as few pure photos to express my unique perspective of Austria, both modern and historical. 

Bridges and various forms of transit are underlying themes, which serve to connect history with modern times.  Nature is also an important part of Austria, so it appears in this series in a minor role. Finally, my goal is to give the viewer a sense of flow for the eye and to present something interesting and complex enough to be enjoyed many times.  I hope you enjoy my view of Austria and that it makes you not only consider visiting, but also how its complex past works together to create beauty.

 
"Arsenal." - Photo Overlay. 2016.  Vienna. "This overlay is composed of the outer gate of the 1850s era Vienna Arsenal with the modern architecture of downtown.  The Arsenal itself has been converted to Museum of Military History.  The one door combined with the flowing lines of modern buildings symbolizes an opportunity to either embrace the past or move forward into moderninity." 

"Arsenal." - Photo Overlay. 2016.  Vienna.

"This overlay is composed of the outer gate of the 1850s era Vienna Arsenal with the modern architecture of downtown.  The Arsenal itself has been converted to Museum of Military History.  The one door combined with the flowing lines of modern buildings symbolizes an opportunity to either embrace the past or move forward into moderninity." 

"Sabatons" - Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna. "I combined the most modern part of Vienna, the Donau City, with a medieval knight's boots and a horse. Donau city is Vienna's 22nd district and hosts many high tech companies along with DC Tower I, the skyscraper featured near the center.  This modernity is contrasted by the shadows of a medieval knight's pointy armored shoes, called sabatons.  The knight's horse hooves are also visible while the tile floor adds contrast and flowing lines.  To represent the natural aspect of modern Austria, fall leaves can be seen as this photo was taken from the island park of Danube Island."

"Sabatons" - Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna.

"I combined the most modern part of Vienna, the Donau City, with a medieval knight's boots and a horse. Donau city is Vienna's 22nd district and hosts many high tech companies along with DC Tower I, the skyscraper featured near the center.  This modernity is contrasted by the shadows of a medieval knight's pointy armored shoes, called sabatons.  The knight's horse hooves are also visible while the tile floor adds contrast and flowing lines.  To represent the natural aspect of modern Austria, fall leaves can be seen as this photo was taken from the island park of Danube Island."

"Neue Burg." -Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna.  "Neue Burg means "New Palace" and this is an overlay of the inner courtyard's arches and lighting.  The Habsburg's last palace is now home to museums that feature weaponry, armor, ancient Greek artifacts and musicial instruments."

"Neue Burg." -Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna. 

"Neue Burg means "New Palace" and this is an overlay of the inner courtyard's arches and lighting.  The Habsburg's last palace is now home to museums that feature weaponry, armor, ancient Greek artifacts and musicial instruments."

"Postparkasse." - Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna.   "The Postparkasse is a famous modernist building designed by Otto Wagner.  The building itself is very striking in person and upon seeing it, I knew I had to create something with it.  The building itself is the headquarters for the Österreichische Postsparkasse, which is the Austrian Postal Savings Bank.  To contrast the strong architecture of the Postparkasse, I've overlayed a typical street scene.  This breaks up the angles and also adds a Ringstrasse tram."  

"Postparkasse." - Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna.  

"The Postparkasse is a famous modernist building designed by Otto Wagner.  The building itself is very striking in person and upon seeing it, I knew I had to create something with it.  The building itself is the headquarters for the Österreichische Postsparkasse, which is the Austrian Postal Savings Bank.  To contrast the strong architecture of the Postparkasse, I've overlayed a typical street scene.  This breaks up the angles and also adds a Ringstrasse tram."

 

"Winter at the Palace." - Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna. "Winter preparations for the Hofburg Palace have begun in November, as seen by the scaffolding.  The eastern entrance to the palace is contrasted by both the interior meeting the sky as well as the modern vehicles and equipment preparing the palace for Christmas." 

"Winter at the Palace." - Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna.

"Winter preparations for the Hofburg Palace have begun in November, as seen by the scaffolding.  The eastern entrance to the palace is contrasted by both the interior meeting the sky as well as the modern vehicles and equipment preparing the palace for Christmas." 

"Salzburg Castle." -Photography. 2012. Salzburg.  "Salzburg in winter.  It's a 1000+ year old castle, but I captured the jet trail for a modern contrast. I couldn't do it again, it was on a snowy January and I love this photo! I took this photo on my very first day in Austria and it always brings back fond memories." 

"Salzburg Castle." -Photography. 2012. Salzburg. 

"Salzburg in winter.  It's a 1000+ year old castle, but I captured the jet trail for a modern contrast. I couldn't do it again, it was on a snowy January and I love this photo! I took this photo on my very first day in Austria and it always brings back fond memories." 

"Graz Blue." -Photography. 2016. Graz. "This is a photo from the windows and corridor of a beautiful modern art museum, the Kunsthaus, in Graz." 

"Graz Blue." -Photography. 2016. Graz.

"This is a photo from the windows and corridor of a beautiful modern art museum, the Kunsthaus, in Graz." 

"Shrapnel." -Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna. "I created an overlay of a Hapsburg Palace combined with a World War One bunker that got hit directly by an artillery shell.  It symbolizes the turn of an empire.  The way the arches and cracked and blasted metal seem to create something ominous, yet beautiful."

"Shrapnel." -Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna.

"I created an overlay of a Hapsburg Palace combined with a World War One bunker that got hit directly by an artillery shell.  It symbolizes the turn of an empire.  The way the arches and cracked and blasted metal seem to create something ominous, yet beautiful."

"The Parking Lot of Dreams." - Triple Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna. "This is a rare triple overlay of a parking lot combined with three palaces."

"The Parking Lot of Dreams." - Triple Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna.

"This is a rare triple overlay of a parking lot combined with three palaces."

"The Sapphire Bridge." -Photography. 2017. Graz. "The island of Mur is a rather unique structure in the middle of the Mur River.  I was really intrigued by its unique twists of metal, wood, and the sapphire lighting."

"The Sapphire Bridge." -Photography. 2017. Graz.

"The island of Mur is a rather unique structure in the middle of the Mur River.  I was really intrigued by its unique twists of metal, wood, and the sapphire lighting."

"Austro Daimler." - Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna. "This is an overlay of a bridge crossing the Danube River combined with a World War I Austrian fighter plane engine.  I like the contrast of nature, history and modern architecture in this one.  The other photo was taken on the Donuinsel (Danube Island), which is the giant city park that stretches for miles."

"Austro Daimler." - Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna.

"This is an overlay of a bridge crossing the Danube River combined with a World War I Austrian fighter plane engine.  I like the contrast of nature, history and modern architecture in this one.  The other photo was taken on the Donuinsel (Danube Island), which is the giant city park that stretches for miles."

"Kirche St. Andra." - Photo Overlay. Salzburg. 2016. "Kirche St. Andra is a rather modern church by Austrian standards, but it's still an interesting structure on the Mirabellplatz.  I find that the trolleybus serves as a nice contrast, especially with the wires creating a flow.  The farmers market is in full swing on the left and the mountains can be seen in the background."   

"Kirche St. Andra." - Photo Overlay. Salzburg. 2016.

"Kirche St. Andra is a rather modern church by Austrian standards, but it's still an interesting structure on the Mirabellplatz.  I find that the trolleybus serves as a nice contrast, especially with the wires creating a flow.  The farmers market is in full swing on the left and the mountains can be seen in the background." 

 

"The Alien." - Photo Overlay. Graz. 2016. "The Kuntsthaus in Graz is featured for a second time in the series, this time in an overlay.  The architecture of this building fascinated me.  The reason for the title is because locals call this building the Alien.  It doesn't exactly blend into the rest of downtown Graz, but I think that's a great thing!"

"The Alien." - Photo Overlay. Graz. 2016.

"The Kuntsthaus in Graz is featured for a second time in the series, this time in an overlay.  The architecture of this building fascinated me.  The reason for the title is because locals call this building the Alien.  It doesn't exactly blend into the rest of downtown Graz, but I think that's a great thing!"

"Vienna by Half.' - Triple Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna. "Downtown is the setting for all three photos in this overlay.  I really enjoyed the modern angles of the Praterstraße, in fact you can see part of the street sign in the lower right. Uncharacteristically, there's the silhouette of a person in this one, but I never show faces of people."

"Vienna by Half.' - Triple Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna.

"Downtown is the setting for all three photos in this overlay.  I really enjoyed the modern angles of the Praterstraße, in fact you can see part of the street sign in the lower right. Uncharacteristically, there's the silhouette of a person in this one, but I never show faces of people."

"Vienna Street." - Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna. "Downtown Vienna has many twisting pathways and tiny streets lined with shops.  They're not all as confusing as this one, an overlay taken during my first day in Vienna after very little sleep." 

"Vienna Street." - Photo Overlay. 2016. Vienna.

"Downtown Vienna has many twisting pathways and tiny streets lined with shops.  They're not all as confusing as this one, an overlay taken during my first day in Vienna after very little sleep."