Pompeii – Ancient Mystery and Intrigue

Entering the cobbled walkways and ruins of Pompeii is to be transported back to the time of an unimaginable tragedy that befell its inhabitants from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius close to 2,000 years ago.

Though it is difficult to grasp, looking at the volcano – towering over this ancient city, it is easy to see just how vulnerable Pompeii was.

I visited Pompeii during my recent trip to Rome and it was, without doubt, one of the highlights of my trip. The strong contrasting light and dramatic cloud formations provided a perfect backdrop for photography – and I would simply like to share some of my images from my visit, with you. I’ve chosen black and white as opposed to colour, because it somehow feels more appropriate, more able to suspend time…

Pompeii was an ancient Roman town near Naples that was mostly destroyed and buried under volcanic ash in the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

The site was lost for around 1,500 years until its first rediscovery in 1599 and subsequent rediscovery nearly 150 years later, by the Spanish engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre in 1748. The objects that lay beneath the city have been preserved for centuries because of the lack of air and moisture and provide an extraordinarily detailed insight into the life of the city.

For over 250 years, Pompeii has been a major tourist destination and has UNESCO World Heritage Site status. It is amongst the most popular tourist attractions in Italy, with approximately 2.5 million visitors each year.

Currently, there is an amazing exhibition of around thirty huge bronze sculptures by the late artist Igor Mitoraj in various locations throughout Pompeii’s ancient archaeological site – they perfectly blend with the historic ruins and setting. The sculptures will be exhibited until January 2017.

Enough words – the photographs will give you a flavour of this historic place.

All my images were captured on a Fuji XT-1 and processed and edited in Lightroom CC and Photoshop CC.

I hope you enjoy…

Michael

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ALL IMAGES ©MICHAEL DAVID 2016

 

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~ by michael's eye on October 9, 2016.

2 Responses to “Pompeii – Ancient Mystery and Intrigue”

  1. Really lovely post Michael. Fantastic contrast between the sights of Pompeii and the Mitoraj sculptures.

  2. Absolutely wonderful!

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