Corruption

The angle I took this picture from makes this building look condescending and mysterious.

Not sure what it is about this image, but the first thing I thought of was corruption. Nothing against the actual company and to be honest, I don’t even know who owns this building. But the angle I took this picture from makes this building look condescending and mysterious. We’ve all heard the phrase: “The rich get richer. And poor get poorer.” But, why is the inequality gap only increasing? Why is it that non-profit companies have leaders who makes millions annually? Why is it that no one has been discussing distribution of wealth at the Presidential Race debates? Maybe because they’re part of that low percentage of rich people in the nation — in fact, world. Maybe because whatever they say (if they decide to say or do something), people (rich and poor) argue about it extensively and no conclusion is ever made. Just some Tuesday afternoon thoughts. 🙂

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The Westin Peachtree Plaza

That building represents my life in America. Wow, what a deep statement you may be wondering. Yes, it’s how much Westin means to me.

Some cities are known for great job opportunities. Some for their history. Some for its unique architecture. Some for the great hospitality. Hmm even some for the low cost of living. But, to me, Atlanta, the city I’ve lived for more than 13 years, made its very first connection with me with its Westin building. Before moving to Atlanta, I lived in West Des Moines, Iowa, but had visited New York City, Chicago, and other great cities. But, I had never heard of a revolving floor in a building.

I’m not sure what it is with my fascination in architecture and admiration for tall buildings, but Westin just blew my mind away when I first visited it in 2003 with my family. I remember every moment of that particular visit as if it was yesterday. Walking from the parking lot to the building, trying to avoid the sun as I looked up to see the tall building, fighting with my sister to press the elevator buttons to the top floor where the restaurant was located, ordering pizza out of all the fancy dishes they had so my grandparents can eat it too, posing for the old camera my dad had then, quickly eating the food to go explore the revolving floor — everything’s just so fresh in my mind.

Ever since that visit and hearing about the hotels in the building, I was determined to live there. Of course, that just wasn’t feasible as a 9-year old. But, I do get to live five minutes away from it now at college and have it as my view from my apartment. I can see it from my favorite study spot on campus too…perhaps that’s why it’s my spot.

That building represents my life in America. Wow, what a deep statement you may be wondering. Yes, it’s how much Westin means to me. Seeing it as I head to the airport for a great vacation or picking up loved ones, seeing it as I go to the temple to pray for peace with my family, seeing it as I entered freshmen orientation on campus as a nervous 18-year old — Westin has seen me experience a lot of phases in life. Perhaps why I added such dramatic filters to this photograph.

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America’s Largest Home

Built by George Vanderbilt in the late 1800s, the Biltmore Estate is a 8000 acre private estate Asheville, North Carolina. If you’re into history, gardening, wine-tasting, or honestly just a nice drive, definitely check this place out.

Never use this many filters on a single photo, but something just made me keep going at this view of the Biltmore Estate. As a lover of old, vintage photographs, this picture tries to bring those elements to a certain extent. That American flag in the middle just stands out in the royal blue sky background. These filters bring out the intricacy of the architecture too. Definitely a must-see attraction in Southeast America.

Built by George Vanderbilt in the late 1800s, the Biltmore Estate is a 8000 acre private estate in good ol’ Asheville, North Carolina. If you’re into history, gardening, wine-tasting, or honestly just looking for a nice scenic drive, definitely check this place out!

© AвнιAятѕ 2016