Category: Ruins

Deeply Inviting Door

Deeply Inviting Door

There is a delicious tension between this ancient, deep, black doorway and the group of people hanging back, almost clinging to a side wall. Ceremony has been replaced with sightseeing, and yet the door still exerts its pull. I can’t help comparing the hill to the body of a woman, the walls are her thighs Read More

Bearded Man in Ruins

Bearded Man in Ruins

Did the ancients have any idea of the great expanses of time that their works would stand? This formally attired 1970’s man muses on the passage of time as he is held within stone walls that have stood for eons. Forty-something years later those walls are likely to be unchanged (unless they happen to be Read More

Baalbek temple theatre

Baalbek temple theatre

From a 1964 trip that took in the entire middle east region, comes this image from a visit to Baalbek, in Lebanon. Seen here is the temporary stage set up for the annual Baalbek Festival, with part of the ancient Roman Temple of Jupiter as a backdrop. I like the colors of the seats, yellow Read More

Extreme landscape

This dramatic landscape with its homes carved into the hills was photographed on a bus trip through Iran in the early 1970s. A road trip that should be done on horseback I reckon! I cleaned and simplified the image, then applied contrast, color and lighting to bring out the drama. Before And another version Read More

Two-headed griffin stands the test of time

This two-headed griffin was probably photographed in the ruins of the ancient Persian city of Persepolis, in modern day Iran. Persepolis dates back to 500BC and was a large complex of buildings. At that time, griffins had been around in human culture for about 1000 years. With the head of an eagle and the body Read More

Ruined Temple at Petra

I love everything about this image, the texture of the ruined stones, the ponies patiently waiting in the shade of a tree, the glimpse of a dry landscape. Petra is an ancient Jordanian city, built in 312BC. ‘The Treasury’, with its ornate facade carved into a sandstone cliff is its most iconic building. The city Read More

Temple of the Sun

Photographed in 1971, in Mexico, this is the famous Pyramid of the Sun – the largest building at the Teotihuacan complex on the Avenue of the Dead. A sacrificial altar and temple are thought to have once existed on the top. It was constructed in about 100AD and is the third largest pyramid in the Read More

Delphi Talking Tour

A tour party in Delphi, Greece, 1964. I like how the people are dressed. They’re mainly paying good attention to their guide, with only a few loungers on the side. This looks like the ruins of the Temple of Apollo. The site was trashed by ‘zealous Christians’ in 390 AD in an attempt to destroy Read More