A restored kitchen among the ruins of Pompei south of Naples. The entwined snakes are a symbol of health. The shedding of their skins signals renewal and rebirth. The snakes are still used today in hospitals as a logo either 2 snakes drinking from a cup as seen here, or a single snake entwined around a staff, called a 'Rod of Asclepius', but not 2 snakes entwined around a staff or a 'Caduceus' which is a symbol of commerce. No doubt this kitchen was certified as hygienic and safe to eat at. Oh and the shelf and the indented recesses for cooking / storing food are noteworthy too as are the bg tile mosaics!
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macjake (70519) 2014-02-14 16:07
as I was reading your note i was shocked because I read 'snakes are still used today in hospitals'...then it dawned on me...its the LOGO, not the snake itself
always wanted to go to this place in Italy, should be very interesting, memorable and educational.
we don't see many of these on TE, so i appreciate the post.
good shot and unique subject
batalay (39567) 2014-02-14 17:01
Again a spectacular shot of antiquity, and this from Pompeii. As many times as I've visited the site, I have never seen this this kitchen. Incidentally, the first appearance of the 'Caduceus' is thought to be in Bergama (Pergamon). The composition and light management are super.
Incidentally, it appears that I'll be coming to Istanbul briefly on April 15. I don't imagine you'll be in the area?
pierrefonds (68955) 2014-02-14 17:59
This is an impressive area of the ruins of Pompei showing how people lived during that timme. The ppint of view is showing the details of the kitchen. It is clear and precise. Have a nice day.
npecanhuk (75770) 2014-02-14 18:33
I visited Pompeii back in 1999! It was a childhood dream and I truly enjoyed it, although at the end of my visit I was feeling sort of strange and decided to do something more natural and walked up to the VESUVIUS!
A very beautiful picture with special regards to the exposure, colors and composition that are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
danos (100922) 2014-02-14 22:22
excellent presentation of this restored kitchen of Pompei with your note to tell what we see in it.I like the backdrop fresco with the snakes on the bottom and the huge cooking place that tell us that was belonged to a rich house and owner.The reddish colour coming from the entance brings out the betails and the beauty of it.Well done.
jjcordier (79297) 2014-02-14 22:55
Intéressante photo de cette cuisine de Pompéi qui a résisté au volcan. J'aime le contraste tons chauds-tons froids dans ta composition.
emka (102708) 2014-02-14 23:16
Amazing how well planned was this kitchen from tow thousand years before. Interesting that in many cultures they use snake as a symbol, not only in Europe but on other continents as well, like Rainbow Serpents in Aboriginal stories.
Warm regrads Malgo
papagolf21 (105410) 2014-02-15 0:11
Bonjour, cher Chris,
Un grand merci pour ce trésor photographique. Un pur régal que de découvrir cette architecture si bien conservée.
snunney (103361) 2014-02-15 1:54
I like the point of view and the vivid colour contrasts. The textural detail is excellent indeed.
timecapturer (49288) 2014-02-15 3:18
a fascinating place and a capture that makes it all the more intriguing and atmospheric. The golden fiery light could almost be the approaching volcanic doom. Immaculate execution and thought provoking imagery. I like this one a lot!
Enjoy your weekend - B.
cornejo (44743) 2014-02-15 4:41
Hi Chris, very good picture of this interesting ancient Roman cuisine, beautifully captured in this interesting image with good sharpness, depth, light and color. Excellent and interesting job well done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy Sunday.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
Silvio1953 (148613) 2014-02-15 6:16
Ciao Chris, beautiful perspective on old hitchen, fine details, wonderful colors, excellent clarity and splendid light, very well done my friend, have a good week end, ciao Silvio
Graal (103036) 2014-02-15 9:01
amazing interior of kitchen in ruins of Pompei. Interesting informations about the symbolic snakes and other details. Good presentation. Well done photo.
Have a nice evening.
rbassin (24005) 2014-02-15 9:11
Une bonne vue sur ces ruines de Pompei, j'aime bien le point de vue avec le mur rouge qui contraste avec la mosaique.
Kamilutka (8107) 2014-02-15 10:08
I never expected to find anything remotely interesting in someone else's kitchen photo :-) but this one is very attention drawing. Very simple, but effective composition with two main points of interest: the fresc on the wall which is very decorative and contrasting by color entrance to the next room.
Very engaging and well presented picture.
Thanks for sharing
nikkitta (17066) 2014-02-15 10:44
Very informative note about the use of serpents (also seen them as symbols in Mexique representing the quetzacoal or in Egypt )
Well composed capture, like the orange light at the left and the kitchen itself almost ready to work
I have been there visiting it with time, staying till it shut but not saw this place, may be is at the left of the entrance?
rigoletto (34279) 2014-02-17 15:43
a lover of antiquity, i am so much captivated by this one, i come and go to it since last three days. the perfectly preserved murals, serpents, and the last but not least, how you make use of that tremendous orange/red, make up a most original pompeii photo. compliments.
Angshu (56760) 2014-02-18 4:04
Lovely mosaics indeed...but what attracts me most is the glow of orange coming through the open door. The restoration has been done with high level of finesse
mcmtanyel (25654) 2014-03-11 16:58
Walking through ruins is sacred time for me. I enjoyed walking in Pompeii but unfortunately, that was in the days of film photography and the lab ruined my film. I love that warm light coming through the opening.
delpeoples (59186) 2014-03-24 15:53
Give me this kind of kitchen any day to the soul-less stainless steel and formica of the modern kitchen. I really like the extremes of light here, the orange tones on the left being beautifully demonstrated, along with the amazing textures in the wall. Top shot, have a great evening.
terez93 (1256) 2014-09-06 17:34
What an incredible photo! The lighting is just awesome here. I posted to a workshop for some processing but this is really lovely in any event. I don't think I've ever seen the interior room so illuminated before; it's usually quite dark and difficult to make out, so congrats on a fantastic capture!