Posts from the ‘Still Life’ category

Streets of Rome 4

The symbol of Rome for the past 2,000 years, SPQR stands for “Senātus Populusque Rōmānus”, which roughly translates as the “The Senate and People of Rome”. You’ll see this stamped, carved and sculpted on a whole host of municipal buildings and objects throughout the city today……if I remember correctly this example is from a lampost:

Streets of Rome, Italy

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

The Unknown Church

Rome contains hundreds of churches and we wondered in and out of a few during our visit…….for some of which I completely forgot to make a note of the name. So this is only an unknown church by virtue of the fact that I have no idea what its called. However it does have an impressive interior, so I thought I would share these images regardless:

Unknown Church, Rome, Italy

Unknown Church, Rome, Italy

Unknown Church, Rome, Italy

Unknown Church, Rome, Italy

Unknown Church, Rome, Italy

Unknown Church, Rome, Italy

Unknown Church, Rome, Italy

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

Pantheon – Interior

The interior of the Pantheon is all about the magnificent roof. At 43.3m in diameter (which exactly matches the interior height, giving the building it’s wonderful balance and symmetry) it is the largest unreinforced concrete dome ever built. In fact until the 15th Century it was the largest dome anywhere in the world, only surpassed by the massive cupola of the Duomo in Florence.

At the centre of the dome is an 8.7m wide oculus, which serves a number of purposes. The most important of which is the vital structural role it plays in re-distributing the huge tensile forces caused by the unsupported dome. Second it creates a symbolic connection between the temple/church and the Gods/heaven. Finally it creates a very physical connection between the worshippers and the elements, most notably by flooding the central rotunda with amazing light (even on a cloudy day) but also of course by letting in the rain…which fortunately we didn’t encounter on the day we visited. 

The interior of the Pantheon is hugely impressive and it is little wonder that it’s considered ancient Rome’s most important architectural achievement and has subsequently proved one of the most influential buildings ever constructed.

Pantheon, Rome, Italy, Europe

Pantheon, Rome, Italy, Europe

Pantheon, Rome, Italy, Europe

Pantheon, Rome, Italy, Europe

Pantheon, Rome, Italy, Europe

Pantheon, Rome, Italy, Europe

Pantheon, Rome, Italy, Europe

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

Twelfth Night

In honour of Twelfth Night, the traditional end of the festive period and the night by which all Christmas decorations should be taken down, here is a mixed gallery of images from Lincoln Christmas Market and the Christmas Lanterns at Chester Zoo…..it’s all about the lights:

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© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

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