Stockton Record readers send in architecture for a photo challenge


The architecture was the subject of the Readers Photo Challenge in June. Buildings and their styles can add to the character of a place, whether in a big city or in a rural landscape. Ten readers sent 35 photos.

Here are the best examples that captured the style and character of the buildings and/or how they fit into their landscapes:

Carrie Walker used an Apple iPhone 8 to photograph the ornate lobby ceiling of the Bob Hope Theater in downtown Stockton.

Fred Norman of Stockton was traveling through the Eastern Sierras along Highway 395 north of Mono Lake when he spotted an isolated abandoned farmhouse in the open range. With a Canon 6D DSLR camera, he photographed the dilapidated building which stands out against the natural world around it. A majestic mountain range, still with some snow, rises in the background. The house is set in the frame where a slope from one of the peaks draws the viewer’s eyes to the building, making it the focal point of the scene.

Steven Rapaport of Stockton used a Canon 5D Mk IV DSLR camera to photograph the windows of a church in the historic park ghost town of Bodie, California.

When it comes to interior architecture photography, what is often overlooked is the ceiling. We often look around and even down, but rarely look up. But that’s what Stockton’s Carrie Walker did at an event at the Bob Hope Theater in downtown Stockton. The theater lobby is full of beautiful detail and texture, and its ceiling is no exception. She used her Apple iPhone 8 to photograph the ceiling and captured an ornate chandelier and the detailed oval molding that surrounds it.

Steven Rapaport from Stockton was on a trip to the ghost town of Bodie. The town was a gold mining community built in the 1880s and is now a state park. The state does not restore the buildings but maintains them as they were found when it took them over in 1962. Rapaport used a Canon 5D Mk IV DSLR camera to photograph a church window in Bodie. The window leans to the right due to the building’s settling over time and is surrounded by the weathered wood texture of an exterior wall.

Timothy Ford of Stockton used a Nikon D7000 DSLR camera to photograph a bard along Highway 4 at the Orvis Cattle Ranch east of Farmington.

While cruising on Highway 4 east of Farmington, Timothy Ford of Stockton took the time to stop and snap a photo of a barn that has passed several times before. The weathered barn of the Orvis Cattle Ranch sits in a pasture of dried yellow grass, which lends warmth to the scene. Using a Nikon D7000 DSLR, Ford captured striking storm clouds billowing in the background, which adds drama to the photo.

All entries can be viewed in an online gallery at Other top picks can be seen on Record’s Instagram and Facebook page.

A new Readers Photo Challenge mission will be released on June 28.

Record-breaking photographer Clifford Oto has photographed Stockton and San Joaquin County for over 37 years. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Instagram @Recordnet. Follow his blog at Support local news, subscribe to The Stockton Record at


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