I heard quite a few times that the best thing to do when flip flopping through time zones is to force yourself to stay awake, and get into the local rhythm as soon as possible. Naturally I failed completely, and slept for a solid 24 hours after arrival. Never the less, I have now thrown myself deep into my photography, and am proud to present the first of my roman exploits!
In an effort to make up for my slow start, I will be giving myself and my photos hell. Enjoy.
When I awoke from my jet-lag coma I stepped out in a random direction. (It may have been west) This is quite near my apartment. It is the view as you step across an incredible suspension bridge (which I very excitedly returned to at night)
That water tower really captures my imagination. It's pretty ugly, and built out of concrete. But so unlike any of the water towers we have at home.
I attempted to force it to stand out by aligning it with the bright façade of those apartments, but now that I look at it, the shadowed balconies blend together with it. Preventing it from being easily read.
Turns out it not all cathedrals and gelato. Who knew?
I do love the chaos in this image. There is so much going on. It is just one more layer being built and destroyed on the ever growing pile of Rome. It's one of the most open spaces I have found here.
There are wedding shoots going on everywhere here. Personally I would prefer not to have gaping tourists in the back of my wedding shots, but I can definitely see the allure of Rome.
I think this does do a good job pointing out the spontaneous opportunities that will be appearing here. Sure wish I had gotten in a bit closer though. Like between those people's head on the bench.
I love the perspective in this photo. It is not often that I get a sense of depth. Yes, the composition and everything else is pretty terrible, but there is something I love about it. The direct light definitely helped. I was just so glad for the skies to open up, if only for a bit.
If I ever capture the monumental scale of the pantheon, I will be one happy camper. I wonder what it would take to get access to it while it was empty?
The light is amazing. Pure, direct, and powerful. I don't think this is incredibly evocative of the space, but it does begin to express the scale of the space. I should have worked more with the figures in the space. I bet I could single out someone who isn't just staring at the space through and LCD, but is really awestruck by the experience of being inside. Definitely on my list of place to return to.
Inside the Pantheon
Unfortunately due to the pay as you go nature most of the internet here, I will not be able to upload giant versions of photos. I originally planned on backing up my photos online, and ended up burning through my internet cap in a few hours. So stay tuned for photos for the foreseeable future.