It is a strange feeling walking around here. On one hand, the ground here has more history than I can wrap my head around. On the other, the more I learn, the more I realize that you are never actually walking on ground.
Everything here is on top of vaulted hallways, secret passages, and still to be uncovered history.
(It was very common for buildings to be built on top of mazes of passageways, so servants could come and go without disrupting the flow of activities above. )
Besides the fact that the architecture here has lasted for centuries upon centuries, through earthquakes and sacks, the sheer volume is beyond comprehensions. I've often marveled at Gothic cathedrals. How they could take over a century to build. They would start building them before they even knew how to finish. I believe the Basilica of Saint Marry in Florence was begun before the engineer who designed the dome was even born. (Check out those dates).
I always overhear, or even ask myself the same questions and comments "Imagine doing this back this back then. Even with today's tools it would be so difficult", "Why can't we build things that would last this long now?"
I wonder if it's not the capacity we lack, but the patience.
Statistically, I am in one of the most photographed places in the world. Which means I've got a particularly difficult task ahead of myself. Even with the mountains of history here, there is still a real challenge in photographing this place in a new way. A way that has not been fed to me through postcards and photos my entire life.
This is one of the reasons that the street photography has really been speaking to me here. It is something unrepeatable. It is layering modern life on top of centuries of history. Eventually it will be paved over, turning into another layer of that same history. Today is different from yesterday, and different from tomorrow. So street photography is not just a new way to look at the city, but a way of fingerprinting this brief moment in time.
When I returned to Lightroom to look through the photos, I had to do a double and triple take to make sure these all came from the same day.
It is incredible to think these are all within miles and hours of each other.
If I ever stop being amazed by the diversity of this world, I want you to hit me very hard over the head.