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Republic and Empire

When in Rome, my bride and no longer stop by the Forum archaeological site in the heart of town. But, years ago, when we first began our European and Mediterranean travels, it was the very first place that we explored on our first morning in Italy.

Later, in the early afternoon, we had our first romantic, delicious Italian lunch and a great view at the nearby Hotel Forum, an experience we strongly recommend to other first-time explorers. If you’re interested, an earlier post relates a more contemporary luchtime event that we observed from that rooftop.

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Today, we invest our archaeo-geek time on roads less traveled in the city, often underground, beneath post-Classical structures.  But, we still love the Forum and have another romantic lunch on that delightful rooftop during each visit to Rome. During our most recent time there, we got a new, rewarding perspective on what was by then for us a familiar subject.

Years ago, I learned some important things from a world class photographer about point of view. He had a good way to practice and develop the skill: pick a spot at random and draw an imaginary six-foot circle around it. Then, take at least six good photos of what’s inside from outside and six more of what’s outside from inside.

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Though I have hundreds of Forum photos, I’d never tried that ‘outside in’ part for some reason. Last time, I did and came up with what, for me, are my two best Forum images. These are the ones that seem to convey more about the place than any of the others, regardless of how pretty or interesting those others may be.

I hope they do the same for you.

  1. October 9, 2011 at 2:19 pm


  2. October 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm

    Great shots, I especially like the first – so much going on and the dark sky in the background 🙂

  3. October 9, 2011 at 4:02 pm

    How wonderful to be able to explore like that. And fantastic photos. Truly.

  4. October 9, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Thank you all! It is a great gift to be able to travel as we have and hope to do in the future (Lord willin’ and the creek don’t rise, as my grandmother used to say).

  5. October 11, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I finally got my ‘storefront’ up and running over at Imagekind. If anyone is interested in having a print, the link is http://davethewriter.imagekind.com .

  6. October 12, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Beautiful pic of the Roman Forum! Really shows the beauty of this place.

  1. November 28, 2011 at 7:41 am

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