In the previous post I discussed some of my motivations and inspirations for photography. Continuing on that thread, I’ve decided to delve back into my archives and reconsider which I think are my favourite or most successful images. My aim is to see if I can discern any patterns emerging (aside from the obvious). For the purposes of this exercise, my archives go back to 2005 – when I got my first digital SLR – so it is proving great fun to go back and see through the eyes I had back then.
One of the things I expect will appear frequently are historical buildings and monuments. The obvious link with the wild and ancient places I described in the previous post is their age. The less obvious point of fascination for me is that my recognition and familiarity with the spaces would have been shared by the ancient people who inhabited and used them. The meaning and associations the spaces have for us would no doubt be different, but we could at least stand together and have a vibrant discussion on the basis of our mutual recognition and familiarity. I am enthralled by this ability to commune with our ancestors through space and time (without the need for metaphysical mumbo-jumbo!).
The photographs I take of these spaces are my side of that conversation. This one was taken just inside the perimeter wall of the Colosseum in Rome – I can’t help but look at these walls and wonder at the stories they could tell. I’m sure it would be an epic tale.