I have many photographs of old buildings — historical sites and regular, run-of-the-mill structures — some dating back to the early 1800’s. I’ve always found old buildings to be fascinating because of the unknown stories that lie hidden within them. They make me wonder: what was the purpose of this building, what were the people like that lived or worked here, what kind of dreams are sealed up in its walls? Buildings have stories to tell, and even if I never got to hear the truth, my mind’s eye conjures up imaginary lives and dreams.
For years I photographed architecture for the nation’s leading architects and contractors, but through my long career I never had the same thoughts and feelings about the modern buildings that I shot for a living. It wasn’t until I decided to make a personal project out of photographing these incredible structures that I started thinking about them in the same way I thought about the older buildings. It was strange, but this project turned out to be quite emotional and opened up a whole new dimension to me with respect to my thinking about my commercial work photographing Houston skyscrapers.
The project sprang to life while I was driving around downtown Houston one afternoon. I saw a building that dates back to the 1920’s – the Esperson Building. It’s a beautiful Italian Renaissance building with great big columns and decorative terraces.
As I looked at the Esperson, immersed in daydreams triggered by my going into “old historic building mode,” I started to become more conscious of the building just behind it — the fantastic JP Morgan Chase Tower. I felt my thoughts shifting to the more modern structure and began to wonder about the skyscrapers of downtown Houston in the same way as I did about their older counterparts.
I’ve put together this portfolio of my photographs of the Skyscrapers of Houston, Texas. Hope you enjoy!