Posts from the ‘Still Life’ category

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)

Merry Christmas

A few images of traditional Christian iconography from Lincoln Cathedral – Merry Christmas to all my fellow WordPress bloggers. Thanks for all the support throughout 2018.

Let’s hope that in 2019 the world can start to pull together and put an end to the divisiveness and mistrust.

Mary & Jesus, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England

Mary & Jesus, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England

Mary & Jesus, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2018)

Belfast Murals

Belfast is world famous for it’s fantastic murals painted on the side of various houses and buildings throughout the city.

Even though the decades of sectarian violence known as “The Troubles” were, officially at least, brought to an end with the signing of the Good Friday Agreement in 1998, the underlying tensions between Catholics/Protestants and Republicans/Unionists haven’t really gone away. Consequently many of the murals still depict images that leave the viewer in little doubt as to which side is being supported.

On a more positive note, Belfast has undoutedly come along way in the last two decades, and so there are also many murals that depict images of peace and hope for the future…..and that despite the fact that Brexit threatens to undermine the progress made over the last two decades.

There are also some murals that have meanings that are not so obvious or easy to discern.

Whatever the message or politicals behind these murals though, there is no question the artists responsible are incredibly talented and they have turned Belfast into possibly the worlds largest open air art gallery.

© Mark Simms Photography (2018)

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