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Passages & Portals in Stone 1

This is a view within the Great Enclosure of Great Zimbabwe, as seen in the previous post. The main outer wall is up to 11 meters high in parts – a very imposing structure. Just inside it are a series of smaller, parallel walls which are so close to the outer wall at some points that only one person at a time can pass through the gap. The combination of the restricted space and the sheer height of the walls make for a very oppressive and sometimes quite claustrophobic experience. My wife was instinctively quite disturbed by this area of the complex.

I don’t have any information on the possible reasons for these characteristics of the structure (I have a book on order) so I’m not going to postulate. All I’m sure of is that they were purposefully designed for a specific purpose and that purpose was oppressive in nature. I’ve processed this image to emphasize that idea.

And, yes, I’m going through a B&W phase at the moment!

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8 Comments

  1. Helen Park says:

    I love the sense of there being light at the end of what was a quite dark tunnel!

  2. Cristian says:

    The feeling of oppresion is very well captured. One feels the need to look inside and around the edges of the image, to make sure there still an exit somewhere.

    The contrast tuning is very well played.

  3. Howard Grill says:

    Beautiful. I love the curve of the wall and the light coming from ‘just around the bend’ and the gentle gradaton fromdark to light….rally nice.

  4. george says:

    A strong feeling of claustrophobia – I can well understand your wife’s feelings. Be that as it may, I love the graphic simplicity and shade of light emanating from around the bend.

  5. Kevin says:

    Great perspective ! Very beautiful composition !

  6. zimady says:

    Thank you all for your kind comments. I am pleased I was able to do this space some justice in an image!

  7. Lovely composition, Adrian. I love the light-to-dark gradients throughout the photo.

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