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The Edifice

Another shot from the archives – a trip to Rome in 2005 – and further evidence of my love for photographing historic architecture. Ever since studying Art History at University in the early 90′s, I’ve loved architectural columns. For me, they are the perfect illustration of the beautiful and elegant simplicity that tends to emerge when form and function resonate in perfect harmony.

These are the imposing columns of the Piazza San Pietro. This was my first visit to the Basilica di San Pietro (St Peter’s Basilica) and I can still recall how vividly – and viscerally – I felt the power and authority of the Catholic Church. I guess this shot was a subconscious expression of my experience, in that moment, of the edifice that is Catholicism.

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  1. george says:

    So reading above, I see that we share a love for these Greek (I think) architectural devices and are these are classical examples.

    As to the power and authority of the church, happily it’s diminishing, but just not fast enough!

  2. Focales says:

    Nice and simple architecture and perfect framing

  3. CrashRyan says:

    nice framing and details!

  4. Doug Hickok says:

    I know these columns well having visited here several times… and what a fantastic rendering of them. They too fascinate me, the rhythm, tone and textures are unforgettable! Beautiful capture Adrian!

  5. tom says:

    Like the framing and tones.

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