I was most fortunate in being invited to visit a newly discovered tomb under the desert sands of Palmyra. One cannot, of course, take flash pictures for fear of affecting the fragile remnants of paints and tints. So I propped my head against a wall to steady my camera and held a flashlight in the other hand. The result was this shot, far from crisp and clear, but full of the spirit of the tomb's primary resident.
For those who are interested:
Palmyra, called the City of Palms by the Romans, is known as Tadmor, the City of Dates by the Arabs. It is an oasis city (though the oases are also affected by the world wide climate change and are turning to mudholes) and was an end stop on the great "Silk Road." History first records its presence in the second millenium BC, but its fame and destruction came about under the rule of Zenobia (AD 269-270) when she stood up against the Romans and even dared to take Antioch. Aurelian retaliated and took back Antioch then Emesa (Homs) and then Palmyra itself. Zenobia tried to escape but was captured and was taken back to Rome as a prisoner.
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sergio1 (12152) 2006-07-04 5:54
Very original shot a like very much th idea.
Congratulations. The note is great.
rafid76 (0) 2006-07-05 20:38
great info but i understand why your pic was fuzzy, thank you for the information.
pierrefonds (60948) 2006-09-09 8:26
A good POV of the eye of the guardian, a lot of details can be seen. The photo has a very good composition and nice colors. Thanks for sharing.
- Copyright: Silke Force (Silke) (3027)
- Genre: People
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 1999-08-00
- Categories: Ceremony, Artwork, Ruins
- Camera: Asahi Pentax SP1000
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Archaeology of the World, Historical [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2006-07-03 6:32