Three garages near Syracuse University with falling and fallen snow.  Taken at dusk.
Parking garages near SU during a rainstorm
The Renaissance Hotel, Harrison Street, OnCenter & University Hospital garagesGreen Lakes Park main entrance area
The Renaissance Hotel, Harrison Street, OnCenter & University Hospital garages
Two Ithaca parking garages and the suspension bridge
Turning Stone and Utica parking garages
Two garages on S. Crouse Avenue
Two garages on S. Crouse Avenue
Snapshots of Taos, NMParking garage in Taos, NM

Parking Garages 

Some urban planners have argued that parking garages destroy the architectural assets of urban cores. Parking lots and garages displace street-level shops, office space and cultural centers.

Those complaints may be true, but I have found unexpected visual joy in parking garages. They offer an urban version of the hikes and sublime views that lead me to the Adirondack mountains.

I climb the stairwells to the top decks, often photographing multiple garages in one outing. The roofs offer unusual views of nearby buildings and far-off valleys and hills. The tops of garages are places of surprising beauty and calm.

Willson Cummer

Willson Cummer is a fine-art photographer, curator and teacher who lives near Syracuse, New York, USA. Images from his projects have been included in national juried and solo exhibitions. His work is online at Willson also publishes the blog New Landscape Photography, which has featured the work of over 500 artists in the past five years, at

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