Hand of Colossus of Constantine

Almost thirteen years has passed since I stood in front of the Hand of Colossus of Constantine. What a sight! It is impressive to look at the image, but the feeling of standing there is indescribable. Rome is one of the places I want to visit again, it is not a city, it is the world’s biggest museum.

The Colossus of Constantine was a colossal acrolithic statue of the late Roman emperor Constantine the Great (c. 280–337) that once occupied the west apse of the Basilica of Maxentius near the Forum Romanum in Rome. Portions of the Colossus now reside in the Courtyard of the Palazzo dei Conservatori of the Musei Capitolini, on the Capitoline Hill, above the west end of the Forum.

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This image is a part of Monochrome Madness Challenge. As usual, for additional monochrome images, visit Leanne Cole’s blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY, where every Wednesday she hosts the challenge.

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Regnum Caelorum

TV ES PETRVS ET SVPER HANC PETRAM AEDIFICABO ECCLESIAM MEAM. TIBI DABO CLAVES REGNI CAELORVM
You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church. … I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven.

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This is the breathtakingly beautiful Dome of St.Peter’s Basilica in Vatican. It is a sight to behold and as I was standing there, I couldn’t help but wonder about countless people who stood there before me. From the times of the ancient Rome, through dark Medieval days and blazing Renaissance times, to this day…nameless pilgrims, artists, popes, queens and king…No matter what the history tells us, I believe we are all equal under the sun.

This stunning piece of architecture and art rises to a total height of 136.57 meters from the floor of the basilica to the top of the external cross, making it the tallest dome in the world. Designed principally by Donato Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini, St. Peter’s is the most renowned work of Renaissance architecture and remains the largest church in the world.

For more information you can check St.Peter’s Basilica.

Another week, another Monochrome Madness, hosted by Leanne Cole. Be sure to check other amazing photos on her blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY. If you want to participate, head over there and read instructions at the bottom of the post.

Memento Mori

Time for another entry in Friday Fictioneers challenge, courtesy of Rochelle Wissof-Fields. If you want to give it a try, check the info on her blog. 100 words more or less, inspired by a photo, here we go….

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 Copyright – Laura Helms

Standing in the shadow of a tree, Marcus Crassus looked at the man before him: “Would it be we were standing on the same side.”
“I bless the fates we are not.”
“They ask me if I fear you… I don’t fear the man standing before me. Every man can be beaten.”  His gaze shifted to the skull melted into the fractured bark. “But I fear your shadow .”
“Do not fear my shadow, but those walking in it. For they will seek justice.”
“There is no justice in this world, Spartacus.”
“That is not my name.” he whispered.

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I went back in time this week. The myth, the legend, the man who despised his gladiator name given to him by his captors, masters, enemies. Weather he was a rebel or a thief, that is a mystery hidden in the past times. Today, we still remember him and call him by that forced upon name – Spartacus. And it represents a cry for freedom that echoes across centuries.

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We are Strangers

There are some photos I keep coming back to, over and over again, like they have an invisible pull on my heart. I remember the moment I took the  photo of the Pulcino della Minerva, a famous Gian Lorenzo Bernini elephant sculpture, a base supporting one of the eleven Egyptian obelisks scattered around Rome…looking at the eyes, wondering what the story would be if the statue could talk. Years later I wrote a poem about those sad eyes. And years later I came back again, to give it another life with monochrome touch.

Look into my eyes…

What do you see?

Is it a sadness for all that has gone by?

Is it a fear of what lies ahead?

Do you even care?

Or am I just a memory tucked away in a corner of your soul?

Do you even know me?

Look into my eyes…

Do you see me?

 

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Leanne Cole, a wonderful photographer from Australia, is hosting a weekly challenge on her blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY called Monochrome Madness Challenge, where she features some monochrome photos from other photographers.

Be sure to check other amazing photos on her blog. If you want to participate, head over there and read instructions at the bottom of the post. I would like to recommend her blog to any aspiring amateur photographer, there are many helpful posts and tutorials and she is very open and friendly person.

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Vertigo

When I was younger and pretending to be a “photographer”, I would wait for all the people to walk away, so I could take a perfect picture of the building, the monument, the staircase, the street….What a fool I’ve been. I guess with age comes that semi-notion of wisdom. 😀

I remember taking this photo of Vatican Museum Staircase more than a decade ago, focusing on capturing the moment with as few people as possible, instead of taking my time to take a photo from a better angle, more focused, to catch that beautiful play of light and shadow, but most of all to catch the motion of life.

When I came home, I was disappointed with the way this and many other photos turned out. But with this wonderful Monochrome Madness Challenge, I get to play with many of those photos, and what I find most amusing is how photos I think would look great in monochrome turn out nothing special, and then a last photo I picked up for that week out of sheer desperation, cause so many photos just didn’t work, turns out to be gorgeous. Well, at least in my “humble” opinion :).

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Leanne Cole, a wonderful photographer from Australia, is hosting a weekly challenge on her blog Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY called Monochrome Madness Challenge, where she features some monochrome photos from other photographers.

Be sure to check other amazing photos on her blog. If you want to participate, head over there and read instructions at the bottom of the post. I would like to recommend her blog to any aspiring amateur photographer, there are many helpful posts and tutorials and she is very open and friendly person.