Cycling Trivialities of the Casa Milà

Posted 11.01.16 in New Photos Blog

 

Photography by @douglasstrattonphotography 
Architect: Antoni #Gaudí

The Casa Milà aka "La Pedrera"

The building was commissioned in 1906 by businessman Pere Milà i Camps and his wife Roser Segimon i Artells. At the time, it was controversial because of the undulating stone facade and twisting wrought iron balconies and windows designed by Josep Maria Jujol. Structural innovations include a self-supporting stone front and columns, and floors free of load bearing walls. Also innovative is the underground garage.

In 1984 it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Currently, it is the headquarters of the Catalunya-La Pedrera Foundation, which manages the exhibitions, activities and public visits at Casa Milà.

Casa Milà is probably one of the most famous buildings of the Catalan Modernisme or Catalan Art Nouveau period and one of the architect Antoni Gaudí’s most ambitious works. It is a container that is a work of art in itself.

Blessed to discover the world with my wife!


Willow

Posted 10.27.16 in New Photos Blog

 

Camargue horses are the oldest living breed of horses in all the world. With their characteristic grey color and love of salt water, photographing these wild horses in Southern France will be an experience I will never forget .  Not only are these horses strong and able to withstand extreme elements, they are even tempered. The Camargue wild horses are indigenous to the Wetlands of Camargue along the French Southern Coast. The wetlands are located in a marshy natural reserve formed by a fork in the Rhone River at the City of Arles, France where the Rhone and Le Petit Rhone split and empty into the Mediterranean Sea. The area is a mostly protected area divided into the Parc Naturel Regional de Camargue and the Reserve Naturelle de Camargue.


New York State of Mind

Posted 08.29.16 in New Photos Blog

About 10 years ago I new photograph was in my future but I didn't have any idea of where it would take me and how it would change my life. I grew up as a Jersey boy in the small town of Ocean City. As a kid I would experience the city of New York but I didn't  have the chance to really get to know it back then. I have been back to the Big Apple more times then I could count but on this trip I never touched the state of NY. I stayed in Frank Sinatra old hometown of Hoboken, NJ. This was captured at 9pm just as the blue hour finished and the night became dark. Standing high above the city streets this location was scouted out months ago. New York New York you really never sleep!

This photographic print was commissioned by someone who grew up in this area. The final print will be face mounted to acrylic glass at 60"x120" or 5 feet by 10 feet! This is the Largest print I can currently make... Once its finished I will make this good friend the happiest man alive.

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Time Will Tell

Posted 08.29.16 in New Photos Blog

Captured during a full moon roaring up behind a massive driftwood tree on a deserted beach. After around midnight I put up a hammock up and slept on the beach among the driftwood trees.

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.

-Albert Einstein

 

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Lost Souls

Posted 04.06.16 in New Photos Blog

Along the barrier isles of South Carolina rests Live Oaks that once thrived by the sea. During the right lighting conditions you can witness colors that take your breath away. Life is good on these beaches and your soul feels connected to the creator.

I'll never forget this morning as long as I live. Brooks Julius and I went out to witness sunrise together... What we saw was magical!

The sunrise clouds have a S shape in them like the name Stratton. 

This morning was the morning my father went to the hospital. He passed away a day later…...

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Aspens on Fire, Maroon Bells

Posted 10.14.15 in New Photos Blog

I believe that tomorrow isn't promised to you so you better live each day to it's fullest! We are but a dot on this planet and we live such short lives so I try to live each day as it could be my last.

I am blessed to be able to travel a lot and as I experience new locations I try and wakeup before the sunrise. That's my time of peace and I am normally by myself. I am always looking for amazing locations so I planned to be here at Maroon Bells near Aspen, CO as the fall colors where changing. Aspen trees are truly amazingly unique trees and this day their fall colors where at their peak. When most people think of the largest living organism on the planet, they usually think of a blue whale or a giant sequoia red wood tree. But the fact of the matter is the largest living organism is the aspen grove. Aspen trees are connected to each other by a massive roots system creating a large biomass. As one tree changes color so do all of the trees connected to the same root system.

Every morning while in Aspen I would wake up at 4am and make it up to Maroon Bells for that sunrise. There's a spiritual feeling that fills a need I have that's hard to explain. I need pure pristine nature in my life like you would need air or food. There's something inside of me that desires it and that natural high is something I am always in search of. I know now that I'll never fill that craving as long as I live. I am 33 years young now so I have a long life to live.  I hope you will follow along my journey.... It will be filled with views like this one... Peace be with you... I hope you enjoy my passion for these locations... I'll never stop exploring this beautiful world!

Cheers and Blessings
Douglas Stratton

 

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Stardust

Posted 08.24.15 in New Photos Blog

There are some moments in your life that you put yourself in the right place and at the right time. Photographing this remote beach this night was pure bliss. I knew everything was coming together! The moon had just set and I had reached the beach as it dipped below the trees. My eyes refocused to see stars scattering the sky like that of the ancient times. I love what I do and I hope you enjoy my passion for capturing the natural beauty around all of us at all different times of the day. This was just my imagination running away with me.

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Shadows' Flame

Posted 08.04.15 in New Photos Blog

As I walk in the shadows I see light beams from the sun finding their way down this slot canyon. I follow my path and my journey where it takes me I do not know. You can't hide from the truth
Because the truth is all there is.

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Aquarius

Posted 08.03.15 in New Photos Blog

Walking along the pristine sugar white and pink sand beaches of Harbour Island is like walking into a dream. This afternoon I had the experience of swimming with a horse and it's rider. I feel as if horses are divine creatures because they reflect back the emotions you put forth. If you show love respect, kindness, curiosity, the horse will respond the same way. I try and treat people I meet the same way. I was always taught to treat others the way you would like to be treated.

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The Wave of Sand

Posted 01.28.15 in New Photos Blog

The Vermillion Cliffs is easly one of my favorite locations in the entire world. To walk these lands at any time of the day is like walking in a dream. It's because of these places I feel more connected to the world around me. The Paria Canyon and Vermillion cliffs are remnants of the largest desert ever to evolve on the planet! Two hundred millions years ago, this desert stretched from central Wyoming to southern Nevada, rivaling the Sahara in size. These immense sand dunes accumulated over a period of 20 millions years. As the huge dunes shifted and moved in response to changing wind directions, tilted beds formed, and cross stratification occurred. Thus the wave and many other areas where formed...

The Wave is located on the Colorado Plateau, near the Utah and Arizona border. The area is a gallery of gruesomely twisted sandstone, resembling deformed pillars, cones, mushrooms and other odd creations. Deposits of iron claim some of the responsibility for the unique blending of color twisted in the rock, creating a dramatic rainbow of pastel yellows, pinks and reds.

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Amnesia Photographed 2015

Posted 01.15.15 in New Photos Blog

This Photograph was taken under a Full moon known as the "Wolf Moon". January is the month of the full Wolf Moon. It appeared when wolves howled in hunger outside the villages. This was shot on one of the coldest nights in South Carolina on a deserted beach full of driftwood. These beaches are knows as a "Boneyards". Boneyard's are called this because of the bleach skeletons of oaks along the beach.  I am truly blessed to be able to make photographs like this! I hope you enjoy...

Beautiful stars, do keep your eyes on me!

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Waves of Buttes Vermillion Cliffs

Posted 12.29.14 in New Photos Blog

Coyote Buttes is a section of the Paria Canyon-Vermilion Cliffs Wilderness spanning the extreme South Central Utah and North Central Arizona. Swirled bands of color run through the petrified sandstone, which has eroded into interesting shapes. The colors and shapes change with the light as the day progresses. Red, pink and yellow rock has been blended together to form castles, beehives, chutes and other structures. Free your mind and your ass will follow!


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