HOUSE OF THE GEM HERCULANEUM
On two separate occasions in 2001 on the Silver Wind, and again in 2005 on the Crystal Serenity I visited Herculaneum. These were cruises on which I was serving as the Special Topics Lecturer. From Sorrento, where the ships anchored, it takes only an hour by train or car to get to the outskirts of Naples, where the excavated ruins of Herculaneum are located. Destroyed by the same eruption on August 2, AD 79 that destroyed Pompeii, Herculaneum is in many ways better preserved than Pompeii. Also whereas Pompeii was a working class city, Herculaneum was a summer seaside resort for well-heeled Romans, that is, until it was buried by 23 m (75 feet) of lava. The large number of human remains that were found among the ruins of Pompeii is missing in Herculaneum, making it less of a time capsule than its more famous fellow victim of that cataclysmic event.
The scene in the photograph is known as the House of the Gem, and dates from the Augustinian Period (27 BC-AD 16). In the bright sun the pastel colors certainly makes it a small architectural gem. Between pairs of columns there hang marble oscilla, masks in the Dionysian theme, used to ward off evil. They are seen as white disks in the picture. This practice in different ways has survived to this day, indeed warding off the evil eye is a timeless preoccupation that has survived in the Mediterranean world. Nowadays children in Turkey frequently have a small glass blue and white bead, the evil eye or nazar boncugu, pinned to their clothes. It may well be that wearing a small cross among Christians and Star of David among Jews resonate with a similar sentiment.
During the mid-18th century, excavators digging a well came upon the ruins of Herculaneum. I took this photo in 2005 with digital Fuji 4700. In posting at Trekearth, I made the mat (frame) surrounding the photograph in Photoshop, picking up the peach-pink hues from the walls. I am still unsure, however, whether including a mat with a photo in this manner, and giving up actual image size, helps or hinders the presentation. As an artist, I personally believe it can complement the image.
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sanalytis (1634) 2007-02-03 14:32
Very nice geometrical image. The different vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines work very well together. I like your composition and framing of the image as well. Good work.
mesutilgim (89140) 2007-02-03 14:39
Selam Bulent kardeşim,
Güzel bir kare. Grafik yapısı çok güçlü. Ellerine sağlık, tebrikler.
PS. Sütunlar üzerindeki boya, bana antik çağın renklendirilmiş mermer heykellerini anımsattı.
Ertan (2988) 2007-02-03 15:35
Merhaba Bulent Abi...
Mukemmel renk,harika kompozisyon ve guzel fotoya uygun cerceve.Muhtesem!!!...Ellerinize saglik.
isa (1974) 2007-02-03 16:27
Beautiful framing of "house of the Gem". The very well done composition and the frame of the image very adjusted.
Very interesting the explicative note, Congratulations for the work, Isa
TeresaT (10806) 2007-02-03 18:39
Beauitful compostion of this old columns.
The POV is great.
Perfect details and a very good POV creating a nice diagonal.
stego (24030) 2007-02-03 19:23
Each of your posts is a pleasant lecture on history, geography, culture, science, art and/or "just" a tiny story behind the photo. As usual, this one has the triple interest of being a very good photo very nice to look at, showing an important archeological site, and teaching us something about the site.
Thank you for all of it.
sothy81 (9588) 2007-02-03 23:53
This is a very nice photo. Its ancient story tells much of the glorious architecture during the Augustinian time. You did not only capture beautiful architecture, but also the importance of the story behind it. A very nice shot. Sothy
suhan (3552) 2007-02-04 0:35
Bu fotoğrafın en çok perspektifini, insanda uyandırdığı derinlik duygusunu ve çekim açısını beğendik. kadrajı da çok hoş olmuş.
carper (96) 2007-02-04 3:01
very nice photo Bulent,
very good eyes for lines, when this was taken by a SLR camera, with the same conditions the shot was perfect. Then you could get more depth into the composition. The point of view is very good and the frame is beautiful and antique, very good trek earth photo with a good note, well done.
thea0211 (1365) 2007-02-04 3:38
a true gem here ... looks good even as thumbnail - i first spotted it, then decided: this i must see but only after opening it i realized it was your work!
beautifully shaped and colored architecture, we can just imagine how amazing it looked back in its age of glory ...
composition wise - captured from a good angle and very well framed by the two striped other columns(?) on the right and left and i believe the presence of the green leaves is a plus
well done and thanks for sharing,
mat (frame) wise i also believe it is (most of the time, at least) needed, even if it's only because the background color of the TE website doesn't always "match" so to speak, the tones/colors of our posted photographs ... therefor through mats we can place our image on a background of our own choice and liking
berek (43691) 2007-02-04 3:50
Merhaba Bülent bey,
enteresan bir mimari . resimde renkleri ve derinlik çok hoş elelrinize sağlık. iyi tatiller.
veve (4189) 2007-02-04 5:02
Good photo of "House of the Gem"!
I like this antique architecture
with vertical and horizontal lines.
Good pov and beautiful pastel colors!
Very good note!
salvator (19102) 2007-02-04 5:13
Merhaba Bulent Bey,
Cok guzel bir bakis acisi ve kompozisyon, renkleri de harika. Geometrik ogeler super.
Elinize saglik. Iyi pazarlar, selamlar. Salvator.
PS. Sizin kritiginizi buyuk zevkle okudum, kitabiniz yayinlandiginda haber verirseniz alip okumayi cok isterim.
ALIRIZA (16423) 2007-02-04 6:13
Merhaba Sayın Hocam,
Pastel renklerle grafiksel bir çalışma. Ellerinize sağlık. Selam ve saygılarımla...
bhuniatrekearth (764) 2007-02-04 7:20
Respected Batalay sir,
Very much well informed note of a history.
I request few more tips regarding photo frames.
Thick frames are very popular as I have noticed in TE. Sometimes they are not pleasant do not match the picture.
Is there any basic guideline for framing? Please.
Wishing good health.
Dr. J. Bhunia
pablominto (53746) 2007-02-04 8:29
A good point of view and a pleasant effect from using a set of coloumns to frame the rest of the coloumns!
Good perspective and fine lines, and the age shows well in the structures...
Fine details and an educational note!
keribar (43841) 2007-02-04 13:38
I am glad to see a picture from Herculanum, ( I've been in Pompei twice ) but never in Herculanum. I would have thought it was taken in Crete, and I would be wrong. The picture has an excellent framing, on my computer it would support to be one stop darker though. I agree with you about the frame color.
Friendly yours - Izzet
ahmetgedikli (25587) 2007-02-04 17:21
Sütunların renkleri, desenleri ve oluşturduğu perspektif harika... Elinize sağlık, selamlar.
SelenE (1276) 2007-02-05 2:51
This is one of the places in my to-visit-list, thank you for sharing the photo.The peach-pink and yellow paints on the walls and the columns look beautiful. I liked your POV. Your note is so informative and great as usual. Thanks
saylan-cb (12738) 2007-02-05 7:50
Pastel renklerinin ağırlıklı olduğu bu fotoğrafınız çok dikkat çekici Özellikle derinlik ve bakış açısınızı çok beğendim.Çok güzel çercevesi ile Müthiş...
captainsgirl (3448) 2007-02-05 9:31
love the photo, not only the pov, but the crop and the beautifully perfect framing. perfect TFS'Donna:o)
thanks for your comments on my photo " running in the woods" :o)
siolaw (38292) 2007-02-05 13:57
Hello Bulent A good POV on that fine architecture, colors sharpness and framing are good.. some OE on the floor but with these types of light, sensors go up the tree sometimes!
branley (3681) 2007-02-05 15:32
I kept seeing references to this photograph in the forum so I thought it was about time I had a look for myself. Indeed it is a lovely image with many vertical, diagonal & horizontal lines. Your pov is perfect and the colours are faded but impressive and compliment the texture of the crumbling stone. A little bit bright on the floor but it doesn't detract from the overall effect. It's a fine capture my friend and a great note too. Well done.
jmcl (14535) 2007-02-05 18:36
Beautiful and evocative place .. bet if would feel very differently depending on the light .. very interesting combining this antiquity with this brightness .. in a way it adds to the greens and make it feel full of life.
"I am still unsure, however, whether including a mat with a photo in this manner, and giving up actual image size, helps or hinders the presentation. As an artist, I personally believe it can complement the image." -- as we touched base about this earlier .. let me add .. in my opinion to answer your question yes or no would be a ridiculous generalization .. there are some images on this site with incredibly beautiful effective frames that add so much to the image itself .. (surprised to hear me say that?) .. Many artistic choices involve compromise and degrees .. choosing what is most effective for the purpose ..
bostankorkulugu (42222) 2007-02-05 18:54
ben de başta girit zannettim... harika bir kare bülent bey... fotoğraflarınıza bakmak ve yazdıklarınızı okumak her zaman büyük keyif...
jhm (144318) 2007-02-06 6:11
The very well done composition and the frame the different vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines work very well together of the image very adjusted. A pity for the bad situation of the columns, maybe can these become repaired.
Very interesting the explicative note too!
Thanks for sharing.
Angshu (56592) 2007-02-07 4:19
A shot from a place which I always wanted to see! Thanks for sharing this wonderful architecture & the wonderful detailed note. Love your framing & compo. in a diagonal with the pillars. I understand the harsh sunlight when you took this shot resulting in some OE which is understandable, but not too much of a bother. I have taken liberties to do a small WS trying to bring out the picture a bit more. Hope you'll like it
With Regards from a B specialist
John_F_Kennedy (43445) 2007-02-07 5:56
Very interesting architecture. Very good colours and framing. Sharp detailed
pat0500 (21561) 2007-02-07 6:39
Beautiful excursions and beautiful visits, very beautiful framing of house of the Gem.
Good point of view and very good sharpness.
Very good presentation and thank you for the good note..!
boonie (779) 2007-02-07 9:27
I enjoy your travel - occasionally our "paths" have crossed. I believe in 2002 we were in Sorrento and took that train ride to Pompeii.
I find that your mat does compliment your picture because you do a wonderful job selecting the colors to pull from the capture.
henrytf (985) 2007-02-08 18:21
Your photograph is superb.
I like the idea of picking up the peach-pink tint from the walls for the mat, which, in that way, seems to enlarge the setting rather than restrict it.
It also emphasizes the dominant colors.
I have been passionately watching "Rome" (British, American and Italian TV series), which I find very interesting as concerns the daily life in ancient Rome. So you can understand why I appreciate your picture.
Henryk_Bilor (20799) 2007-02-14 15:28
Nice capture of these columns. Good light and delicate colours.
magiqa (1292) 2007-02-24 18:59
Very good picture! I have never visited Herculaneum, although I have been to Naples a couple of times. Maybe next time!
asliaydin (179) 2007-04-05 10:31
Yillardir burda yasiyorum hala gitmek, gormek kismet olmadi.. Ama to do list'imin en bas siralarindadir Pompeii, Herculaneum ve Paestum.
Cok hos bir kompozisyon olmus sizinkisi Bulent Bey. Tebrik ederim.