Rome, Italy (Part 2)
Well, as indicated in my last post, here is Rome (Part 2)! I took so many photographs in the two day visit that it has been difficult to choose what to include! Makes me wonder if I actually saw anything with my eyes!
Before we get to the photographs, I just wanted to say that I started this blog as another way to ‘showcase’ my photography. I didn’t realize just how much I would enjoy the actual process of blogging itself, until I started ‘meeting’ and getting to know other bloggers, through their comments and visiting their blogs in return. I am also thoroughly enjoying looking through years of computer stored photographs, reminding myself of places and experiences, and selecting ones I hope you will like – not just ‘showcasing’. So, thank you to all the ‘blogging friends’ I have been making since the beginning of September!
Anyway, back to beautiful, glorious, historic Rome! If you have Google Earth, you can see 3D models of most of the places in the photographs in perspective on the map! It is superb! I hope you like this second set of photographs:
I was having my regular look at ‘Katie’s Camera Blog’ yesterday, and in her latest post ‘Cracks in the Fantasy that is Santa Fe’, she was commenting about the tourist economy of the city and how the population doesn’t seem to have a middle class. She comments on the gap between the extremely wealthy, who have moved into the area with new multi-million dollar homes, and the extremely poor, who live in hundred year old old generational homes with many jobs just to make ends meet. Katie loves where she lives and I think her photographs of Santa Fe are beautiful! I also agree with her when she says that the real Santa Fe is seen in the latter of the two ends of the financial scale! In responding to her comments, I had a bit of a rant about the major issue of the growing gap between wealth and poverty in the developed and third world. I suggested that in the current global financial crisis, governments should maybe be thinking about the opportunity of setting up a new World Financial System, based on sharing rather than greed – after all, there is enough food, clothing and medicine produced every year to feed, clothe and look after the health and welfare of every human being on the planet! I’m not saying that everyone should have the same standard of living, or be the same as everyone else; only that every human being should have the right to an agreed basic standard of living that no-one should be allowed to fall below! I said to Katie that I would be publishing the above photograph in ‘Rome, Italy (Part 2)’ as an example of wealth and poverty in the developed world. Yes, like all places around the world, beautiful, historical Rome is no exception! In the image we can see different levels of relative wealth and standard of living through: Hadrian’s historical lavish spending power in commissioning the Castel as a mausoleum for him and his family; to the tourists’ ability to spend on luxuries such as holidays, holiday clothes and cameras; to the beggar woman who has virtually no spending power whatsoever – and this is found all over the developed and third world! I hope you like the image Katie and you obviously struck a chord with the many people who commented on your post!
Well, there we go! I hope you like this second set of images. My next Photo Post will concentrate on the Vatican City. If anyone would like to see further Venice posts or more photographs of any of the other places I have published so far, please just let me know! I would be happy to oblige!