This is the only Black & White Sunday this month, and I decided that it should be Traces of the Past (the recurrent photo challenge on this blog). Here is one of the most beautiful landmarks of Northumberland – the famous Bamburgh Castle. The day I took this photo it glistened nicely in late, golden sunlight, but for this opportunity I decided to show it in silvery tones i.e. in black and white.
Don’t feel bad if there are no old buildings in your surroundings, past can be found in many forms, not just architecture. I count on your original interpretations to prove that. Take your time responding to the challenge and most of all HAVE FUN!
It has been a few years since I was in Paris, but memories are not gone. The photo bellow shows a remarkable trace of the past in the form of church of St. Etienne, which you might also know from Woody Allen’s movie “Midnight in Paris”.
Traces of the Past is a recurrent photo challenge that happens every month (one month in colour as part of Thursday’s Special and the following month in black and white as part of Black & White Sunday). You are free to choose whatever traces of the past you can find. It does not have to be a distant one, or rich in history; it can be something personal, or it can even have a human form. Just make sure to post for it before next Thursday and to link to this blog. Happy Thursday! ž
You should really see beautiful collection of traces from the past provided by my followers:
In the beginning of January I had a guest post here in Paula’s blog on B&W architecture photography. Now 3 months have passed and it’s time for the sequel in the series. I hope that you joined the first post, but even if you didn’t you can still join this one.
Return to where you shot the architecture shots last time. Now the season has changed a bit, the light is different (at least it is in the Northern Hemisphere where I live). If the season hasn’t changed much where you live, choose a different time of the day to take your second set of photos. Re-shoot the same place and try keep an open mind and have a look at it with “new” eyes. Perhaps try a different lens? (a different lens is not necessary, but optional).
Think about new angles, lines, curves, things that you’ve might have missed last time. If it’s difficult for you to find anything new, maybe you can try to reproduce your previous shot? It can be a good practice to try to reproduce shots – you’ll probably notice that it’s difficult to get the same shot twice, even if you try.
When you’re shooting try to look for interesting angles, lines, curves and/or details that people might ignore. Try shooting from afar, see how it feels, then try some close-ups. Compare the shots and think about which ones that are most appealing. Keep in mind that it’ll be black & white, so contrasts are very important – you don’t want a grey and flat photo. When you know you’ve got your shot, turn it into B&W (or you can set your camera to shoot in B&W if you’re not into processing and software), do your post-processing (if you’re into that) and leave a link to your blog here in Paula’s blog.
Try to think about what has changed from your first post: are you a better photographer? Did you use a different lens? A different camera? Which version do you like best and why?
This Sunday I am happy to have guest blogger Cardinal Guzman host B&W challenge. Cardinal chose architecture as a particularly good subject for B&W photography. His idea is for us to take photos of a building somewhere near our home where we can easily return in a few months time and shoot it again in different light and season. I did not have to go far to find a perfect subject for this challenge: a 15 minute walk from home took me to one of the modern day landmarks of Zagreb, a steel and glass tower known as Cibona.
You are invited to post photos in black & white, be it architecture or some other subject of your choice. Just leave links to your posts in the comment section. The links to your architecture posts will be displayed both here and on Cardinal’s post.
Find some interesting architecture somewhere in your local environment (it doesn’t have to be the house next door, but somewhere you can return to fairly easy). When you’re shooting try to look for interesting angles, lines, curves and/or details that people might ignore. Try shooting from afar, see how it feels, then try some close-ups. Compare the shots and think about which ones that are most appealing. Keep in mind that it’ll be black & white, so contrasts are very important – you don’t want a grey and flat photo. When you know you’ve got your shot, turn it into B&W (or you can set your camera to shoot in B&W if you’re not into processing and software), do your post-processing (if you’re into that) and post it in your blog.
In my second guest post that’s coming up in three months (on the 12th of April), you’ll be returning to the same place that you shoot now. For my photo, I went to the local church – a rectangular lump of concrete built in 1963.
Leave links to your black and white architecture photographs taken especially for this challenge. You have 7 days to come up with something – the deadline is the 10th of January.
For today’s theme I decided to show recreated late Neolithic houses at Stonehenge that I saw in May this year. The project wasn’t finished, but I managed to snap a shot.
“The houses are based on some small buildings excavated in 2006 and 2007 at Durrington Walls, a henge monument just over a mile to the north-east of Stonehenge, as part of the Stonehenge Riverside Project. These buildings date from around the same time as the stones were being put up at Stonehenge, about 2500 BC. Ten buildings were excavated, and it is likely that there were many more. From the remains of animal bones and pottery near the houses, it seems as if late Neolithic people were gathering at Durrington on a seasonal basis, probably at midwinter. As well as the houses, there were several timber monuments and an avenue linking the complex to the River Avon. It is thought that the people who lived for some of the year in these houses were the builders or users of Stonehenge.” (neolithichouses.wordpress.com)
For this week’s Word a Week Photo Challenge – Round I’ve decided to post a photo of the most famous amphitheatre in the Roman world Colosseum, which though not round, but oval in shape, is the best known example of Roman architecture. The word amphitheatre is derived from Latin amphitheatrum, i.e. Gk. amphitheatron, neut. of amphitheatros “with spectators all around,” from amphi– “on both sides” + theatron “theater,” from theasthai “watch, look at.” (http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?term=amphitheater)
The word round thus made me think of another word – amphitheatre. I hope you’ll find this etymology interesting.
For the latest Jake’s challenge I decided to post a photo of what was Michelangelo’s concept for a piazza in Rome.
It is better that you read a Wikipedia article to get a clearer idea about what you are going to see.
The existing design of the Piazza del Campidoglio and the surrounding palazzi was created by Renaissance artist and architect Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1536–1546. At the height of his fame, he was commissioned by the Farnese Pope Paul III, who wanted a symbol of the new Rome to impress Charles V, who was expected in 1538. This offered him the opportunity to build a monumental civic plaza for a major city as well as to reestablish the grandeur of Rome. Michelangelo’s first designs for the piazza and remodeling of the surrounding palazzi date from 1536. His plan was formidably extensive. He accentuated the reversal of the classical orientation of the Capitoline, in a symbolic gesture turning Rome’s civic center to face away from the Roman Forum and instead in the direction of Papal Rome and the Christian church in the form of St. Peter’s Basilica. This full half circle turn can also be seen as Michelangelo’s desire to address the new, developing section of the city rather than the ancient ruins of the past. An equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius was to stand in the middle of the piazza set in a paved oval field. Michelangelo was required to provide a setting for the statue and to bring order to an irregular hilltop already encumbered by two crumbling medieval buildings set at an acute angle to one another. The Palazzo del Senatore was to be restored with a double outer stairway, and the campanile moved to the center axis of the palace. The Palazzo dei Conservatori was also to be restored, and a new building, the so-called Palazzo Nuovo, built at the same angle on the north side of the piazza to offset the Conservatori, creating a trapezoidal piazza. A wall and balustrade were to be built at the front of the square, giving it a firm delineation on the side facing the city. Finally, a flight of steps was to lead up to the enclosed piazza from below, further accentuating the central axis.
The sequence, Cordonata piazza and the central palazzo are the first urban introduction of the “cult of the axis” that was to occupy Italian garden plans and reach fruition in France.
Executing the design was slow: Little was actually completed in Michelangelo’s lifetime (the ‘’Cordonata’’ was not in place when Emperor Charles arrived, and the imperial party had to scramble up the slope from the Forum to view the works in progress), but work continued faithfully to his designs and the Campidoglio was completed in the 17th century, except for the paving design, which was to be finished three centuries later. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitoline_Hill
For this challenge I went with three different concepts I have of the piazza. The more natural one, the funky one, and the one I like best as it is closest to how I had pictured it.
I wonder which one of my photos Michelangelo would hate least 😉
What is the purpose of architecture, beside the utilitarian and aesthetic one? It is to teach us history, like in the case of this small quaint chapel in the middle of Slovenian woods.
During my recent trip to Slovenia I stumbled upon an odd piece of architecture, a Russian chapel, standing amid the forest near the edge of the Vršič pass road at some 1,600 m altitude.
What struck me as odd was the typical Russian design which was never to be expected in the western Balkans. This has made me research, naturally, and I’ve learned that the chapel was initially built in 1916 by WWI Russian prisoners that had been ordered by Austro-Hungarian authorities to build a road through then strategically important town of Kranjska Gora. The prisoners worked in appalling conditions fighting heavy snowfall, and during an avalanache some 300 of them were killed. A year later a Russian memorial chapel was built by the remaining prisoners to honour their perished comrades.
My picture shows the chapel as it was renovated in 2005, a year before the Vršič road itself was renamed Ruska cesta (Russian Road) in memory of the killed soldiers.
Being a reminder of WWI, and a symbolic link between Slovenia and Russia, this little chapel provided me with another lesson in history.
Here is a traditional Russian song (instrumental) I hope you’ll like.