What a place this was – the Valley of the Temples, an array of 4th and 5th century BCE temples near the modern (and also ancient) Sicilian town of Agrigento. The temples were built by ancient Greeks, but were re-purposed over the centuries by Carthaginians and Romans; it is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The temples play homage to the Greek gods and goddesses as well as the deities of subsequent cultures. (This site gives a good summary of the history of the ruins.)
It was breathtaking to stand among these ancient places and to think about all the people who found this particular location to be important – for sacred reasons or for strategic ones. It was hard to photograph. That much history is hard to capture through a lens, and anyway, it’s been photographed a billion times and who am I to think I could see anything any differently than what all the photographers who were there before me had already seen and photographed.
For reasons known only to my brain (and it’s not letting out any information on the matter), shooting some minimalist images of the place seemed like the thing I needed to do. And so I did.
Valley of the Temples
Posted on September 27, 2022, in Photography and tagged 365 photo project, Agrigento, architecture, black and white photography, learning to see, melinda green harvey, monochrome, one day one image, photo a day, photography, postaday, reasons to stop, Sicily, take time to look, take time to see, things i see, thoughtful seeing, travel photography, UNESCO World Heritage Site, Valley of the Temples. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.
It seems you were able to capture impermanence (the work of mankind) against the constancy of nature. I would say that is the fresh treatment of the subject you were seeking. Congrats!
Thank you, Mark, for your kind comments. It sort of messed with my mind to think that something this old is still “impermanent.”
Well captured, not the norm