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29 March 2021

As we climb the taller hills in the city and look beyond the nearby rooftops at the skyline, we can't help being drawn back to the skylights just a few feet away.

Skylights. Captured with the Olympus E-PL1 and 14-42mm II R at 31mm (62mm equivalent), f7.1, 1/1600 second and ISO 200. Processed in Adobe Camera Raw.

The skyline is its own pretty picture and, distant as it is, we never tire of trying to capture its cool beauty. But the skylights that are closer to us illuminate the apartments of the people who make the city their home.

Cityscape. Its own pretty picture.

Sometimes we get a glimpse through a window of that life. Sometimes we see right through the apartment to the skyline beyond. But it is always a detail of the larger whole.

Of course sometimes we think it ruins the picture, too.

But in this case, we thought it put the skyline in context. As the place further away where life takes on an abstraction like some job title that is not as personal as a shade you pull down to protect against the afternoon sun.

We live in our homes not our offices.

So the truer portrait of a city is the building in front with the skyline beyond it. A building whose skylights represent the aspirations of those living in that building.

Or so we try to explain our infatuation with this image. And with the city we love.

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