I was in Providence Rhode Island last week, attending and presenting my work at the Society of Vacuum Coaters. Most of my days were completely booked, but my friends and colleagues and I were still able to find some time to simply explore the surrounding area. Here are some of my favorite pictures.
Camera configuration: Nikon D800 equipped with a 24-70 mm f/2.8 Nikon lens.
We stayed at the Omni Hotel, and most of the pictures were taken within a 30 minutes walking distance. On our first visit towards the South of our hotel, I have to admit that most of what we saw was not very encouraging: abandoned houses, old empty industrial buildings, and practically no one on the streets. On the other hand, it’s a perfect setting for some really cool photos!
Geographic coordinate: 41.821558,-71.415494
That being said, there was still some nice sights and buildings:
View from Point St-Bridge (41.817917,-71.404616)
My friends Simon and Thomas…
Finally, a pedestian!
On our second tour of the city, we went towards the East into a more upscale part of the town!
Our first stop was the Rhode Island State House which you can see from the pictures is HUGE for a state of approximately 1 million people. Nevertheless, beautiful example of neoclassical architecture.
Statue of General Nathanael Greene, commander of American troops during the Revolution.
Next we crossed the Providence River on Smith street into a part of Providence which has many colorful colonial houses.
Lots of beautiful red doors…
Love this close-up; wooden texture, peeling paint, detailed handle… what’s not to love!
After going up a few hills, we finally made it to Prospect Terrace Park which offers one of the best views of Providence. Incidentally, this was also one of the favorite spots of the famous horror/fantasy author H.P. Lovecraft who was also born in Providence.
As a friend of mine pointed out, the cast iron fence on the left is exquisite!
Brown University Admissions Office; makes me want to go back to University… wait I still am!
Definitely one of the nicest red doors:
The always present American Flag;
My other friend and colleague Thomas who is also a photo enthusiast.
Some of my colleagues wanted to bring back some wine and liquor so we stopped by a small store called Eno. Although not a big drinker myself I was almost tempted to bring something back… they had a really large selection of alcohols from all over the world; more than we typically see back home!
Well, that’s about it for Providence; stay tuned for more pictures to come shortly… next stop Tokyo!