Covering an area 1700 hectares and encompassing 27 centuries of history within it, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Naples, is also one of the largest Historic Centres of Europe. Reputed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the World, as well as the 9th most populous Urban areas in Europe. When viewed from the elevated position of Castel Sant”Elmo above the City, one gets an a better idea of just how dense this Historic Centre is.
Standing on the Terrace of Castel Sant Elmo, the medieval fortress on a hilltop overlooking the City of Naples feels a bit like standing over a life size jigsaw puzzle, with all its pieces intact. Everything fits so perfectly into place, in a myriad of colours, patterns and materials, with absolutely nothing to spare. You almost get the impression that just even adding another little building in somewhere will disturb this perfectly complete puzzle :-). Spare is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of this “puzzle” are my response to the prompt.
This post is rather late considering time is running out fast for posting on this weeks “light” prompt by Bella on http://www.52photosproject.com. Nevertheless, the topic warrants a response. So, I’m posting images of sunrise looking over the Harbour area in Napoli with Versuvius in the background. The weather was a bit unsettled with the clouds and sun taking turns at being prominent in the sky:-). The fluctuation in the light was incredible, and provided some opportunities to capture the images I’m using for this weeks prompt……………the journey continues……
The first thing that strikes you about this weeks challenge topic is the number of opportunities it presents. Ironically, any image one posts actually already falls into the category “through” by virtue of the fact that the image is “through” the photographers eye or through the photographers lens for that matter :-).
Considering that, I chose to take a more literal approach to this weeks “through” topic. As posted previously, I was recently travelling in Southern Italy, on this occasion in Napoli, and was fortunate enough to be in a hotel room that had a huge terrace, and amazing views of the City. So I took the opportunity to get some shots from this incredible vantage point. There were shots at sunrise, shots looking towards the harbour, shots with Mount Versuvius in the background, shots towards the old city, shots of the dramatic skyline etc.
The terrace provided really good wide angle shooting opportunities, though I did notice that from inside there were incredible framed views when shooting “through” the doors, and the window. Naturally, these were perfect for my “through” submission. I tried some shots shooting through an open window, which resulted in wonderful reflections of the neighbouring buildings on the glass. Other shots were through a closed window with just the inside “blackout shutter” open, also resulting in some amazing reflections on the white board.
Todays images are a selection of the shots i took, one of the images even has Mount Versuvius in the distance…………….the journey continues……………