We stepped inside Santa Maria of Cosmedin to avoid the rain, and found this incredible marble floor. I loved the way the light glinted off of them. The marble was salvaged from the imperial palace.
Rome's Population peeked at around 1.5 million in the 3rd century, and eventually bottomed out around 10,000. This meant that for a long time Rome was essentially a bone-yard. Materials would be taken from one building and used in another. This church has an increadible assortment of pillars that could have come from anywhere in the city.,
Colored marble only made its way to Rome during a certain time frame, the imperial period, when the sphere of influence stretched into north Africa, and therefore can be used to date the stone.
And yes, I am aware that I have posted a monochrome photo of colored tiles. That's not what I was focusing on thank you very much.
When the rain cleared, I took the opportunity to start working on some street photography.
This is looking over the edge of the bridge on the center of Tiber Island.
I like the ducks, and the simple pleasure of reading in the heart of Rome.
This could be a simple ritual for this woman, reading the newspaper by the river.
I am not sure if I like the compression of the space. But I do like the geometric qualities of the composition.
The layering, century on top of century, never ceases to amaze me.
Once again the juxtaposition between daily realities and monumental history grabs my attention.
I could have composed this better. I need to refuse to move along with the crowd, and get in people's way.
It's the same as conquering my fear of upsetting people while photographing them in public.
This is a country bursting at the seams with potential. I need to decide what I want to capture.
What am I focusing on? People, places, history, culture. Can I even limit myself?
There is so much to think about when you take a single photo. Each subjects, their placement, their movement, the light falling on them. How my ISO, shutter speed, and aperture are balanced. My focal length. How the subjects are relating to each other.
Have I been successfully thinking about these things, or am I just getting lucky? I know I do constantly look for the light, and I do try to compose. But I don't think I'm 100% conscious about everything that is going on in the photograph.
I have been here for almost a week( well awake and thinking for almost a week) the 8th and 9th, I'm afraid I did almost nothing.
For the most part, almost everything I have shot so far has been disappointing. If I am completely unhappy with my results, it must mean that I am doing something wrong.
This is not a place I am familiar with.
So this is not a place to do the same old photos. I need to remain vigilant and thoughtful about what each setting does, and how I can push myself and my images further.
Hope to figure it all out and get back to you soon!