Ladies of Rome : photographed August 2012
An assortment of wonderful stone females I found hanging around the Italian capital.
I love taking pictures of statues. More so than of real people, because you can take your time to concentrate on the lighting and framing which you might not be able to do with pesky fidgety living subjects…
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Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, EUR, Rome : photographed August 26th 2012
The EUR district of Rome is often overlooked by most tourists, which is probably just as well, since this crumbling collection of monolithic concrete buildings are slowly decaying and apparently empty, testament to the insanely grandiose designs of Mussolini who created them in the 1930′s. The whole mad experiment is redeemed, however, by the wonderful Palazzo della Civilta Italiana, an imposing cubist makeover of the colosseum. I was there on a stormy day, but got lucky when a ray of sunlight illuminated the edifice against a backdrop of threatening clouds.
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Piazza della Rotonda, Rome : 23rd August 2012
This particular piazza in central Rome is most famous for one of the city’s star attractions, the imposing and ancient Pantheon, but it is also home to an obelisk, at the base of which is an intriguing sixteenth-century fountain. Here are two of the four sides captured at night, and given different post-processing treatments. In both cases the non-use of flash allowed the fountain’s lighting to cast eerie shadows over the somewhat grotesque figures…
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King’s College Chapel, Cambridge : 16th August 2012
Finished during the reign of Henry VIII in the early sixteenth century, this really is a stunning piece of architecture. I can only regret that I wasn’t bright enough to be able to attend such a prestigious university as Cambridge. Who could not be inspired by such surroundings?
(Don’t forget that clicking on the photos will take you to larger and more spectacular versions of these pictures…)
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Architectural Delights of London : 17th August 2012
I spent a month in Europe this summer, including a rare visit to the Motherland, during which I was able to escape from familial obligations for a day and wander around the capital.
Amazingly, the weather not only cooperated, but surpassed itself with some superbly bizarre skies, and I was able to find plenty of targets for my Nikon.
I’m not a big fan of London, but this was a truly great day out, and something of an eye-opener to see a whole host of new and impressive structures raised since I had last had a good look at the place many years previously.
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Mission to Miyajima : 1st April 2012
I went out to Miyajima, a World Heritage Site just a stone’s throw from Hiroshima city, back in April, with the idea of imagining I was visiting it for the first time and trying to see it with a fresh pair of eyes. Here are some of the results…
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