edward van orden photography

new york
Having grown up 14 miles away in New Jersey, this cityscape of New York was a familiar and inspiring view.  When we went into New York, whether it was to just wander for the day or go out for the night, I seemed to always have a heightened sense of anticipation and excitement.  In a sense, when going to New York, I felt like I automatically stepped up my game with regards to awareness and being prepared for anything.

san francisco
The Golden Gate Bridge is considered the most photographed bridge in the world.  This San Francisco cityscape was taken from across the San Francisco Bay in the Eastshore State Park in Berkeley.  Having been fortunate to have friends living in both Berkeley and San Francisco has allowed me to visit often and feel as at home as if I'd grown up in the Bay Area.  As an aside, walking around parts of San Francisco is a workout in itself.  When you see stairs for a sidewalk, you realize it's no ordinary hill.  I bet brake specialists do pretty well in San Francisco.

The Chicago Theatre opened in 1921.  Although not the original marquee
(it was donated to the Smithsonian Institution), it faithfully retains the look
of its predecessor.  The Chicago Theatre was one of the first theaters in
the country built in the Neo-Baroque French-revival style.  It is one of, if
not the, oldest surviving examples of this style building in Chicago.

los angeles
This Los Angeles cityscape was taken from the Angeles National Forest, about 31 miles from downtown.  The tallest building in Downtown Los Angeles is the 73-story U.S. Bank Tower, 10th tallest building in the country.  Los Angeles has 25 skyscrapers of at least 492 feet in height, more than any other city in the Pacific Coast Region.

It seems no matter where you are in Seattle, you can see The Space Needle, the landmark and symbol of every Seattle cityscape.  Located at the Seattle Center, it was the tallest structure west of the Mississippi when it was completed in 1961.


This Amsterdam cityscape is the Herengracht canal which was built during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century.  The "Venice of the North" has 3 main canals which form concentric belts around the city and over 1500 bridges.  The canals of Amsterdam were placed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2010.

This Toronto cityscape is more a Toronto globescape.  During the last ice age, the lower part of Toronto was beneath Glacial Lake Iroquois.  Two ancient shorelines in the Toronto area mark the existence of former glacial lakes.

new orleans
Lafitte's Blacksmith shop on Bourbon Street in the French Quarter is one of the older structures of the New Orleans cityscape.  Founded in 1718, New Orleans was centered around the French Quarter.  Although the city has expanded greatly since, The French Quarter and Bourbon Street remain the popular culture hub of New Orleans.

In this Berlin cityscape is the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church on the Kurfurstendamm.  The original church was built in 1890 on what is one of the most well-known avenues in Berlin.  During the "Golden Twenties", the area was a cultural center of Berlin.  Most of the church was irreparably damaged during an air raid in World War II, but the spire has been retained and the ground floor has been converted into a memorial hall.

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