Beauty and the river


This lovely photo appeared in today’s Journal, taken by staff photographer Bob Breidenbach. It shows a reflection in the Woonasquatucket River of the Waterplace Luxury Condominiums as a class of touring students strolls the riverwalk at left, passing from beneath the gently arched Exchange Street Bridge, in downtown Providence.

Here is what Bob had to say about taking the photograph:

Mary Murphy, photo editor for the day, sent me out to try and find a weather photo because of heavy rains earlier. I walked around downtown with no luck as the rains had stopped and all the umbrellas were put away. I walked down to the water park and noticed the reflections on the water while walking under a bridge. I waited for a while and noticed a man walking along the path. I made the photo but he did not want to be identified. A few moments later the students came by and luckily their teacher was fine with me taking the photo and gave me the info I needed. It was just a matter of putting myself in the right spot and then waiting for someone to walk onto the scene. Thanks for your interest.

Naturally, it’s just like, well, notice this, notice that, wait around and poof, a photo! I’m sure there’s more to it than Bob describes, but photographers treat their art with a becoming modesty.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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