This is the Roman amphitheatre in the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. When built in the 2nd century AD it could take up to 7 000 spectators. It was long forgotten until a landslide in the early 1970's revealed its location. After vast excavations it is once again used for theatre plays and other shows.
Here you can see a man collecting some rubbish before spreading the cushions for the audience at the next show.
An alternative view can be seen as a workshop
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fanni (14381) 2012-02-06 10:22
interesting "triangular" composition - thanks to the straight row of green cusions ... ending with the man who brings a nice element of life to this scene:)
Looking at these steps, I remember paintings by Alma Tadema - marble steps, the same color... :)
about the Workshop photo: I wonder if those thin tall columns at the top may suddenly fall down??
dangerous place, by the way..
siudzi (34141) 2012-02-06 12:06
A simple scene however your work is fine composed with a great graphical effect. Very attractive work. TFS.
tyro (22402) 2012-02-06 13:17
You have given us two fine photographs here (and not a naked seagull in sight in either of them). And an interesting note too. It is difficult to believe that this gem was essentially undiscovered until just 40 years ago. It looks a beautiful place.
Good composition in both pictures but, in this one, I like the curving lines of the seating and how the line of piles of cushions runs upwards toward the man who is labouring away clearing up rubbish. Lovely details, especially in the crumbling marble which must have been magnificent when this place was built.
annjackman (21053) 2012-02-06 13:47
The lines of old steps and the piles of green cushions add geometry and pattern that I like very much. The human presence adds interest. The colours and exposure are excellent. A very enjoyable and informative image.
Kind Regards, Ann
macjake (62308) 2012-02-06 14:39
these amphitheatres are amazing pieces of architecture arent' they!
hard to believe this was uncovered just a few decades ago.
this is the first time i'm seeing how they use the seat covers. I'd love to be apart of the audience.
interesting shot and story.
emka (87458) 2012-02-06 23:52
t heard there was amphitheater like this in Bulgaria. it looks great in the Workshop. it must be great to see the performance there. I wonder if the acoustic is good. Interesting scene. I suppose that there are cushions waiting on the steps. Nice diagonal composition. Well seen. Warm regrads
Graal (100516) 2012-02-07 0:06
good title and interesting view. Good captured scene. Amazing old amphitheatre in Plovdiv. I like the complementary WS also. Photos are well done.
Have a nice day.
CLODO (32550) 2012-02-07 1:04
the "black" diagonal crossing the curves lines lead the look on the man at work on a strong point of the image, well framed.
dkmurphys (53503) 2012-02-07 2:28
Nice scene, I like this composition of simple working man. Interesting elements and idea, fine realisation.
All the best,
wolf38 (31284) 2012-02-07 2:47
Hello Gert. The title says it exactly. But before the show begins, is still a lot to do. The man works as a housewife. I remember very well in this ancient amphitheater in the city of Plovdiv. The city has given me very much. And I also like the photo.
SteveH (6247) 2012-02-07 3:26
Hi Gert, the temptation faced with monumental buildings is to try and capture the whole, bit this, portrays the whole through just a small part. Inclusion of the man makes it work, showing the scale and leaving the viewer to imagine the rest. cheers, Steve
Nicou (131398) 2012-02-07 3:32
très belle compo e tiamge superbe vue avec ce escalier et ce grpahsime l'homme qui nettoie et ces coussin quelle compo quel captage, génail.
Bravo et amitié
saxo042 (37724) 2012-02-07 9:19
A very well composed picture with this diagonal line of cushions leading up to the man at the top (and conyinuing in the opening above). The parallel lines of the marble bleachers are also a very attractive part of the capture.
mursaloglu (8682) 2012-02-07 12:24
Hello dear Gert
I like this simple pattern of the pillows and great composition with the human element. Very minimalist but so beautiful picture bravo ihsan
macondo (18689) 2012-02-07 22:06
So, they are cushions! This is where the note is important. I like very much the way the cushions mount the tiers from the left bottom corner, climbing to the workman in the top right, with the rows making a gentle set of curves. No doubt he is the practitioner of a very exact science. An excellent daily life capture, made interesting by your very thoughtful composition and crop.
Nard (6972) 2012-02-08 4:25
Nice POV with the curves in diagonale and the cushions in the opposite diagonale giving a interresting contrast. The texture of the marble is well captured and the inclusion of the man adds a nice touch.
agjika (3616) 2012-02-08 4:35
This is very cleverly composed.The cleaner is also in the optimal position.
Thanks for sharing
Angshu (56666) 2012-02-08 8:24
The wider view in the WS gives a fine view of the surroundings especially liked the slender Roman columns. This is well composed & framed with the graphic effect created by the semi-circular steps & the colours provided by the cushions
patdeph (35748) 2012-02-08 9:44
the wide view show how beautiful is this theatre,and the main post show the nice graphism of the steps,and the work that it needs to be renovated.Very well done.
Buin (42362) 2012-02-18 11:47
This picture caugh my eyes. A wonderfully balanced and skillful arranged composition. Really worth seeing!
I also like the title very much.
Greetings from cold and wet Germany!
abmdsudi (47586) 2012-08-04 0:53
Great effort and a well thought out shot, the compo-framing and timely shot work so well combined to make this work. Positioning of the diagonal stacked cushions in stark contrast and the solid human figure at work add the impact tremendously. They all blended so well photographically. Well done.
ourania (37344) 2013-02-25 10:58
I like the rhythm enclosed in this frame created by the repetition of the curves that start from the bottom left corner and widen towards the top. There's rhythm also in the recurrent patterns of the cushions, the cracks on the marble and even the gentleman is captivated in the rhythm of his daily work. The homogeneous lighting enhances this graphical impression to which the workshop picture provides a relief. Congratulations and thank you!
All the best, have a great evening,
Curious_Eye (1320) 2013-03-26 4:45
I like this capture of a moment from daily life. The composition is simple, but the repeating patterns and lines on a diagonal fill the frame nicely. The lone man adds colour and movement. Thank you for sharing this image and the interesting note.
With best wishes,
Miguel82 (26877) 2013-07-09 10:10
Original shot and interesting comment about that very ancient theatre of Plovdiv
Excellent colors, light and pov
Have a nice day
daddo (26102) 2014-09-07 16:05
It is a mystery how a place of large proportions can disappear but then so will the pyramids in Egypt if the extremists' wish to cover them comes into fruition.(Serious joke) Out of sight out of mind? Nice composition with the strong diagonal against the pale background with its curves. Regards. Klaudio.