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…
Posted in Photo of the Day, tagged "Henry VIII", "King's College", architecture, art, cambridge, ceiling, chapel, church, design, England, history, interior, university on November 7, 2012 | Leave a Comment »
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…)
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.
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…
“Tokyo Curves” : Ebisu Garden Place, 21st March 2012
The ingredients of a good photo opportunity: contrasting colours, shapes and intensity of light. If they’re packed in close in an urban setting, break out your ultra-wide angle lens and shoot from a direction that is outside of the everyday person’s view.
This is Ebisu Garden Place, a modern development in Tokyo featuring a melange of old and new architectural styles, not to mention the Metropolitan Museum of Photography, the entrance of which always makes me laugh: among other prohibitions, there’s an icon informing you that no cameras are allowed. Oh, the irony…
A bigger version of this snap exists here, but I dare say you can’t be arsed.
Tokyo Night Scene : 20th March 2012
I’m not a great fan of tripods, as I’ve mentioned before, but I will concede that they are sometimes necessary, especially if you want to do some night time urban panoramas.
I took my new carbon fibre tripod up to Tokyo with me, and it wasn’t too bad carrying it slung over my shoulder all day, such is its low weight.
One night I decided to try a short cut back to the hotel and chanced upon a ‘spaghetti junction’ that I knew would make a good photograph, and so I was able to immediately set up and take a few shots using an IR remote release to operate the shutter.
I think this kind of photography is something I can more deeply into…
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“Colours of Tokyo” : 20th March 2012
One way of overcoming urban ugliness is to get out some vivid paint and splash it all over the walls in the hope that it will somehow hide the myriad pipes, wires and meters stuck there. You can also go the extra mile and add a dog statue, too
In the back streets of Harajuku, Tokyo…
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“Harajuku Shopfront” : Tokyo, 20th March 2012
I made the mistake of venturing into Harajuku on a weekend, and immediately regretted entering this crowded nightmare of teenage fashion boutiques and attention-seeking idiots.
Quickly dashing into a backstreet, I was pleased to discover not only a largely human-free environment, but also a wealth of interesting little details to photograph.
I’ve no idea what this place was, nor why it was called ‘soap.’ It didn’t appear to be selling that useful commodity, so who knows – but the frontage was appealing in its choice of colours, and hence the target of my Nikon…
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