Ack – I’m late with this week’s photo challenge post but I went into town specifically last weekend to take these pictures so they are being submitted dammit! 😀
Close up of the Bridge of Sighs.
The Bridge of Sighs, Oxford, UK
These are photos of The Bridge of Sighs in Oxford, which links the two parts of Hertford College together. It is popularly believed that The Bridge of Sighs is modelled on the Venetian bridge, but it was never intended to be a replica. In fact, it bears a closer resemblance to Venice’s Rialto Bridge. I’ve included some pictures for a comparison. 🙂 I found this challenge a bit more difficult this week, though it did help me with perspective I suppose. My landscape and portrait photos of the bridge looked rather too similar, so I decided to zoom in on the bridge’s central carvings instead for the landscape picture. There really are some beautiful buildings in Oxford, taking the time to try and photograph them well is helping me to appreciate them more.
The Rialto Bridge, Venice, Italy.
(Photo credit: Flickr user ptpgrad.)
The Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy.
(Photo credit: Flickr user it_outsider.)
Flinders Street Station, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
P has kindly donated a photo for this week’s photo challenge. 🙂 When I found out the theme for the challenge this week was foreshadow I couldn’t resist posting a photo from my soon-to-be home. P took this photo along with some others on his last night in Melbourne before moving to the UK in August 2010. He tells me Flinders Street Station is a true Melbourne landmark and icon so I thought it would be appropriate to use this photo here. I remember him showing me his last night in Melbourne photo album not long after we got together – I didn’t think for a minute that I would actually end up going out to Melbourne to live long term one day. The fact I will probably be seeing this building for myself in a few very short months still hasn’t really sunk in. 😉
L’Opéra Garnier, Paris, France
For this week’s photo challenge, I have chosen the Palais Garnier as my masterpiece. This is quite personal to me though I’m sure there are others out there who would agree with its masterpiece status. Having been a fan of The Phantom of the Opera since I was seven years old, it has been a long-held ambition of mine to visit this truly unique building. I visited Paris in 2006 for the first – and so far only – time. I was devastated to discover on the day of my visit the Opera Garnier was closed! P did tour the opera house in my honour five years later, but I have yet to actually set foot in the building.
Why is it a masterpiece? It took 15 years to build after being interrupted by such unimportant events as the Franco-Prussian war, the Paris Commune and the fall of France’s second empire. Upon completion in 1875 it was one of the largest theatre venues in the world encompassing 120,000 square feet. The grand staircase is 30m (98 feet) high and seven storeys of the building are actually underground. There’s a subterranean lake below the building which catfish live in and randomly, they keep bees on the roof. You can buy the honey in the gift shop. 🙂 Mainly, I just think it’s absolutely stunning. Really hope I can see inside one day.
Church of Our Savior on the Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia.
For this challenge, I thought about initially using St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow, but I figured it would be more interesting to use a landmark that is perhaps a little less well-known but has all the features that make St. Basil’s unique. The turrets don’t even look real in a way, they remind me of lego and Iced Gems biscuits! The architecture was something that really struck me when I travelled to Russia in 2007, there are so many examples of this merging of East and West. The skyline screams “The Orient” yet some of the mosaics and murals that feature so prominently in Churches like this very much echo the best of the classical “old world”.