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Ancients of Assisi I
​For centuries, Assisi, Italy has been the focus of spiritual activity. The ancient city might be best known as the birthplace of Saint Francis, yet the tangled streets offer much more than a pilgrimage. The forty color photos in Ancients of Assisi I were taken at the Basilica di San Francesco, including the Basilica inferior and the Basilica superior; the Sacro Convento, a Franciscan friary; the Rocca Maggiore, a castle that is 800 years old; Santa Maria Maggiore; the Basilica of Santa Chiara, or Saint Clare; and the Roman Domus of Propertius and the Domus of Lararium, both of which are underground.

Of special note in this first collection is a dove that settled inside the Basilica of Santa Maria degli Angeli, recalling the legend of Saint Francis preaching to the birds. 

Necropolises of New Orleans II
In New Orleans, the Cities of the Dead are beautiful, historic places to roam. The styles and sculptures decorating the crypts and mausoleums often reflect activities the interred individuals pursued during their lives. Flowers, mementos, and decorative elements added to the gravesites make every visit moving.

The thirty-five photos in this collection were taken at Greenwood Cemetery & Mausoleum, St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, and Saint Patrick Cemetery No. 2. They have been reproduced in full color at the size of a standard cellphone screen to replicate the experience of being there. Each picture has been given a title that evokes the atmosphere of roaming through Necropolises of New Orleans II.

Ruins of Rome I

At over 2,500 years old, Rome is more than the capital of Italy. It is the center of artistic creativity and a cultural complex that arguably outstrips any other location on earth. Ancient monuments like the Colosseum continue to capture our attention while institutions like the Vatican Museums spur intellectual interest.

From Aventine Hill to St. Peter’s Basilica, from the banks of the Tiber to the Aniene, Rome is a kaleidoscopic journey through time. The photos were taken at Palazzo Senatorio, Saint Peter’s Basilica and Vatican City, Via della Conciliazione, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, San Paolo fuori le mura, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, various obelisks, and other sites. 

Panoramas of Portugal
​Portugal is perhaps best known for being the first truly global empire. Its maritime exploration during the early part of the Age of Discovery, the 15th and 16th centuries, provided an influx of wealth through the spice trade. The Joanine era saw more than spices ship through her ports. Gold, wheat, copperware, cloths, tools, wine, and horses were all traded.

Today Portugal is a striking place for tourism with unique architecture, a sunny climate, and Mediterranean culture. The cuisine is renowned, and fresh seafood spiced with chili and black peppers, saffron and olive oil can be found at inexpensive restaurants. Wander through this astonishing place with the forty color photos in Panoramas of Portugal.

Necropolises of New Orleans I

In New Orleans, a city built on a swamp, the dead are enshrined above ground. Row upon row of crypts and mausoleums with elaborate entryways, wrought iron fences, and decorative rooftop statues form the Cities of the Dead. Time and extreme weather systems further shape their quiet abodes. The photos in this book were taken at Greenwood Cemetery & Mausoleum, St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, and Saint Patrick Cemetery No. 2. Experience the cemeteries as beautiful, historic, and meditative places in Necropolises of New Orleans I.

Bikes of Berlin
Berlin nurtures a true bike culture. These humble vehicles are a quintessential part of life in Berlin. Because they’re so embedded in the lifestyle, they reflect a lot about the city and its citizens. During a two-month stay, Laine Cunningham discovered that each bike had its own personality. While visiting the neighborhoods of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Mitte, Prenzlauer Berg and more, she shot photos of single bicycles and clusters of bikes that conveyed a special vibe.

Ancients of Assisi II
​Assisi was the home of several saints, including Agnes of Assisi, Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows, Rufinus of Assisi, Vitalis of Assisi, Sylvester of Assisi, and St. Francis himself. Since the residents of Assisi have continued to hold onto their traditional lifestyles, the town offers so much more. High atop a slope overlooking Assisi is the imposing Rocca Maggiore, an imperial fortress reconstructed by Cardinal Albornoz and expanded by Popes Pius II and Paul III.

The forty full-color photographs were taken at the Basilica di San Francesco, including the Basilica inferior and the Basilica superior; the Sacro Convento, a Franciscan friary; the Rocca Maggiore, a castle that is 800 years old; Santa Maria Maggiore; the Basilica of Santa Chiara, or Saint Clare; and the Roman Domus of Propertius and the Domus of Lararium, both of which are underground. 

Ruins of Rome II

If only two words could be used to describe Rome, no pair could be better than “creativity” and “culture.” Even the most casual visitor is swept into the city’s dizzying array of ancient sites, stunning artwork, and new surprises around every corner.

The color photos were taken at Palazzo Senatorio, Saint Peter’s Basilica and Vatican City, Via della Conciliazione, the Colosseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, the Pantheon, San Paolo fuori le mura, Piazza del Popolo, Villa Borghese, various obelisks, and other sites. Step into this whirling place and become absorbed by its vibrant heart.