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06 Dec

Sex, Worship and Architecture – Khajuraho, India

In Architecture,Exteriors,Photography,Travel by cgonsalv / December 6, 2015 / 1 Comment

The Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 AD. The temples represent two different religions – Jainism and Hinduism. The temples became defunct once the region was controled by Muslim dynasties from the 13th to the 18th century. During this time vegetation and the forests took over the temples.

The temples were rediscovered in the 1830s when locals guided a British surveyor to the temples.

High recommend getting a good guide when visiting this site to explain the significance of the different carvings on the wall which represent everyday life of the time when the temples were constructed.

As an Indian born Canadian who left India in my teens I found the sexual norms of the day which were far more liberal than what it is now quite fascinating. I was familiar with the Kamasutra but I didn’t expect it’s contents carved on a place of worship.

I left this place wondering what India would be like if it hadn’t been taken over by puritanism.

Enjoy the images. For best viewing click on the image to enlarge.


Khajuraho Temples-Madhya Pradesh-India-Colin Gonsalves-14

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13 Nov

Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at night

In Architecture,Exteriors,Travel by cgonsalv / November 13, 2015 / 0 Comments

The beautiful Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco at twilight / night.

Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco

Palace Of Fine Arts, San Francisco

30 Oct

Photographing Millennium Park, Chicago from above!

In Architecture,Chicago Architecture,Exteriors,IL by cgonsalv / October 30, 2015 / 0 Comments


Thanks to the Open House Chicago event organized by the Chicago Architecture Foundation I had the opportunity to go up to the 71st floor of the AON Center. The bonanza of views from this building rival that from the Hancock building or the Willis Tower. Enjoy the images below. I wish I had a lenskirt with me to prevent window reflections.

For best experience click on the images to view enlarged versions.

Millennium Park, Chicago

Millennium Park, Chicago

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11 Jul

Photographing #Navistar Corporate Headquarters in #Lisle, IL

In Architecture,IL,Interiors,Lisle by cgonsalv / July 11, 2015 / 0 Comments

This spring I had the pleasure of photographing the Navistar lobby in Lisle, Illinois. Being a resident of Naperville, I’ve driven past this building so many times and always wanted to capture the amazing lines created by the struts.

Navistar Building, Exeterior in Lisle, IL

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26 Feb

Spherical 360 degree panorama of the Chicago Skyline

In Aerial,Architecture,Chicago Architecture,Exteriors,IL by cgonsalv / February 26, 2015 / 0 Comments

This 360 degree panorama of the Chicago Skyline was taken near the Adler Planetarium with a DJI Phantom 2.

View in FULL SCREEN for the best viewing experience


09 Dec

The Art Institute of Chicago’s beautiful Morton staircase

In Architecture,Chicago Architecture,IL,Interiors,Photography by cgonsalv / December 9, 2014 / 1 Comment

The Morton staircase at the Art Institute of Chicago has always held a fascination for me from the first time I laid my eyes on it.


Morton Staricase, Art Institute of Chicago

Morton Staricase, Art Institute of Chicago


FYI – Illinois residents can visit the Art Institute of Chicago for free on Thursdays from 5-8pm.  Go to the Art Institute of Chicago website.

03 Dec

Semi spherical 360° panorama of Downtown Naperville Riverwalk

In Aerial,Exteriors,IL,Naperville by cgonsalv / December 3, 2014 / 0 Comments

As part of my personal project I’ve been taking some aerial shots around the Naperville area. This viewer app utilizes the mobile device’s gyroscope to navigate.   Try it out on your mobile device and let me know what you think in the comments.

For best viewing, click on the Full Screen icon at the top right of the panorama image.  Use your mouse pointer to navigate if you’re on a desktop.


29 Nov

Photographing Naper Settlement in Naperville in the winter

In Architecture,Educational,Exteriors,IL,Naperville by cgonsalv / November 29, 2014 / 0 Comments

Today I had a great time visiting the Naper Settlement in Naperville, since I had all to myself. I have visited this Naperville historical landmark a few times before in warmer weather, but was curious to see what kind of shots I could get in the winter.  FYI – During the winter season the village building interiors are closed to the public. However, there’s still a plethora of options to shoot.


Martin Mitchell Mansion at Naper Settlement, Naperville

Martin Mitchell Mansion at Naper Settlement, Naperville

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28 Oct

Fall color views from Moser Tower (Millennium Carillon) on the Naperville Riverwalk

In Exteriors,Naperville,Photography by cgonsalv / October 28, 2014 / 0 Comments

I finally made it up Moser Tower after living in Naperville for almost a decade.  I’m also working on a couple of Naperville related photo projects

  1. Naperville Riverwalk
  2. Aerial views of Naperville

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View From Moser Tower, Naperville

View From Moser Tower, Naperville

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