Saturday, 3 January 2009

identities in ruins

Nikon D80 | 1/250 seconds | f 5.6 | ISO 160 | 90 mm
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Take nothing for granted as beautiful or ugly, but take every building to pieces, and challenge every feature. Learn to distinguish the curious from the beautiful. Get the habit of analysis - analysis will in time enable synthesis to become your habit of mind. 'Think simples' as my old master used to say - meaning to reduce the whole of its parts into the simplest terms, getting back to first principles.
- Frank Lloyd Wright [American Architect and Writer. 1867-1959]

Sighisoara is the only inhabited medieval fortress in Europe, and, even if annually it receives hundreds of tourists, the reconstruction program are delayed every year. In this rhythm, soon there won't be nothing left for one to see... In the mean time, there are voices who say that the modern architecture is the new perspective and due to the technologic and engineering developments made a bright future awaits us and we have nothing to sigh about...
What are the medieval fortress, what are the old castles, what are the traditional villages in front of the great process of globalization.
But, what about our identities?

15 comments:

Ivar said...

I think it is very important to preserve this worlds history, and it is sad when bureaucracy and other political issues prevents this from taking place.

Great documentation of this restoring project.

sherri said...

An exceptional composition.

Nomade said...

Nice thoughts as always.
Love the picture, great tones

don said...

A fine thoughtful image and comment to contemplate.
A fine picture. I think we have t preserve our historic places and ideas.

Tudor said...

exceptional composition. the main elements are symmetrically fitted. you have a great eye for detail and you raise interesting problems with your rhetorical writing.

Phototherapy said...

I like your title, you illustrated it perfectly!
Everything goes away and photography is often witness :) It's our duty!
WissCharles

yz said...

I like how the space is compressed by the long lens.

picardmasarykaol.com said...

I like your look, Romine. Accurate!

João Mourão said...

It's hard to ear about it. It's harder to read. It's difficult to see.

Siam said...

Very good shot, the bet in the point very divine, thank you for explanation. All my wishes 2009.

krims@nline.be said...

Great documentary picture!

Kristian said...

Funny my first thought was For The Birds by Pixar. But when reading on and looking at your image again, it is clearly hitchcock. Love the high iso/level of noise, that dots the i.

WABIKOJA said...

Cultural residence...Nice composition.

cara said...

Fascinating post. I frequently find myself thinking of the tao te ching. There is no good or evil, beauty or ugliness.

Andrew Gould said...

What appear to be separate and almost conflicting elements come together so well in this clever compostion. Really fascinating what you've achieved here!