Pompeii

Igor Mitoraj’s sculpture featured at the entrance of Pompeii

Polish sculptor Igor Mitoraj’s massive Apollonian sculpture, the Daedalus (Dedalo), has found a permanent home near the Temple of Venus at Pompeii’s entrance.
We had time to visit the historic site, traveling an hour by train from Salerno where we were staying. It was quite amazing, the area that was covered, the reclamation that has been done, and the insight this place provides regarding life during that period of history.
Online information suggested we would need 2 to 3 hours to tour the site, Bill and I were there 3 hours, and had only seen about 1/2 the place! There is very little information on site, the audio guide is, I think, essential, to get the most from our visit.
The whole site is also very exposed with minimal shade, so it is imperative you bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. The cobbled streets and rough nature of the walking surface mean that wheelchairs and prams are impractical.

Long Walk Home

 

long walk home; lyon france, fine art print
Long walk home; black and white fine art print https://society6.com/product/quiet-old-street_print?sku=s6-7603393p4a1v45

We were visiting Lyon France, and we had wandered the cobblestone streets of the old city. During the day I noticed this street and decide to go back to photograph during twilight, when the street lights were on, but before too dark.
As I was watching the street waiting for the street lights to come on, I was admiring the light and how it was shining off the cobblestone street when I noticed a gentleman carrying a briefcase begin to walk up the street.
I love the idea of having someone on the street, this gentleman with his briefcase was perfect. This wasn’t the image I had hoped for, the street lights had not yet come on. But I could see, in my mind’s eye, the potential, I started to move to the left to gain some separation between the person and the vehicles, I had moved my camera up to my eye, checking the exposure, focusing on the gentleman, when the bird took off. I knew I would have one maybe two frames. It worked. The light wasn’t quite what I had planned, I had intended to show the street as a long walk home at the end of the day, the warm glow of the street lamp lighting the cobblestones, the bird were a bonus, better than anything I could have hoped for. 

Have you ever headed out with your camera going to a particular location with an image in mind? Did you find the photo you were imagining, or something better? If so, did you blog about it? Let us know, provide a link in the comments, I would love to hear your story.

If you are interested, I have added this image to my society6 page, prints are available there.

Last week for Morning Commute

It’s official, this is the last week for my morning commute series. I may comeback to this series some time in the future, as there are places that commuters walk or drive by everyday that we didn’t get to, there are different seasons that we didn’t photography fully, and different photographic styles and techniques that can be explored, but my days of walking to work in downtown Calgary have ended, at least for a while. Have you enjoyed the series, have you started to look out the window during your own morning commute and see things a little differently?

What’s next? Bill and I are planning to do a little travelling, I announced a couple of weeks ago, that we are going to walk camino to Santiago de Compostela once again. We are scheduled to be in St. Jean Pied de Port in south France April 19th, and begin our journey through the Pyrenees and across northern Spain on April 22, 2017.  We have been busy planning our days, places we want to stay, things we want to see, and photograph. Have you walked the camino, what was your favourite memory? Do you have any recommendations for places to see, places to stay? Do you have questions about the camino that I or the readers might be able to answer?

We are starting an exciting new chapter.

River’s Edge

20160101_161745~2 Beauty ice found as we walk along Bow River pathway, near Bowness, not our usual walking route. Here we could get much closer to the water.

 

 

Monochrome Madness; Florence Italy

Florence Italy; Bikes and decorated doorways; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
Florence Italy; Bikes and decorated doorways; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

Tuesday, and it is time, once again for Monochrome Madness. Black and white images are featured on Leanne Coles blog each tuesday. It gives me reason to think in terms monochrome rather than colour. By dedicating at least one day a week to monochrome I have increased my awareness of pattern and line, and learned that not all images work well in black and white.

Head on over the Leanne’s Blog to see what other photographers have been photographing.

The Painter and the Ponte Vecchhio, Florence Italy: Monochrome Madness week 48

Painting the River Arno; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015
Painting the River Arno; copyright jmeyersforeman 2015 

I have been traveling back in time, going through my (many) photo files, finally finding time to process a few that were take last October while we were in Florence. So many wonderful memories of our time in the city. Wandering the streets, getting lost in the laneways! I use to love walking along the river pathways, so much to see.

Buskers and mimes of all descriptions providing entertainment, vendors selling just about everything a tourist might want to take home, tourist reading guide books, taking photos, and getting lost. One of my favorites to watch was the various artists who set up their easel and begin to work. Watching them transform a plain white piece of paper or canvas to the scene in front of us is both magical and inspiring.

The Mosque Cathedral for Monochrome Madness Week 47

The Mosque Cathedral, Cordoba Spain
The Mosque Cathedral, Cordoba Spain 

Last week I showed you the Mosque Cathedral, here is a view from the Mosque area into the Cathedral. While the Mosque is lite with small lights in the traditional candle holder hanging from the ceiling the Cathedral is lite by large windows in the dome. You can see the dramatic difference.

There is a man standing near the left side of the frame, his presence gives a sense of size. He is difficult to see with the lighting, and of course this size of image; his feet planted flatly on the ground, but his head is tilted up as he is looking towards the arches and the ceiling, trust me when I say there is a look of awe on his face. The mix of architecture, the size, the detail in the paintings and carvings, and the fact that some of this has been around for at least a 1000 years is impressive, even daunting. Impossible to show in a single image, and for me impossible to describe in a few short sentences. If you get a chance you should visit the Mosque Cathedral for yourself.

I have submitted the image for Monochrome Madness, a weekly blog post by Leanne Cole, she is up to Week 47. Forty-seven continuous weeks on monochrome images submitted by various photographers around the world. For me it keeps me thinking and processing, at least, some images in black and white. Hop on over to her blog to see more black and white images.