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There must be millions of pictures of this place already. But I wanted to visit it since I was a child. You know, when I was a child I was a firmly believer in UFOs, paranormal activities, conspiracy theories. You name it. Stonehenge was the subject of a lot of books and documentaries I read and watched as I child. I really was into it. Most of the reasoning behind the mystery was, we don’t know how they could raise those blocks of stone, so it was made by aliens. As usual, covering our ignorance with a magical answer is the easiest way of dealing with this things. At some point, possibly during my teenager years, after having some really good physics and philosophy teachers at school, possibly after some vital experiences, my interest on these things vanished. But when I came to the UK almost five years ago, I though.. I need to visit that place.
To be honest, it’s been a bit of a disappointment. The place to me, doesn’t have that aura of magic some people want to believe in. It’s full of tourists (myself included). You cannot walk into the circle of stones, I imagine there is a real danger of people deteriorating the monument. Yesterday they were preparing celebrations for the winter solstice and I’m sure today it will be full of people dressed as druids (which have nothing to do with Stonehenge origins and its possible uses when it was built). One thing I liked thought, was the weather. It was cloudy, perfect for some contrasty black and white processing. Also, the exhibitions in the new visitors centre were interesting and fascinating enough, without the need of aliens. At least, I managed to fulfill one of my childhood dreams, a very simple one. Here, some news about the celebrations today. I told you, didn’t I?
6 responses to “Stonehenge”
Great pictures (albeit slightly too dark to my taste, but that’s just me). I especially like the first and the second to last photograph because of their composition. 🙂
Additionally, a big “+1” for the ‘covering our ignorance with a magical answer is the easiest way of dealing with this things’ bit. It’s important to keep this in mind.
Thanks for your comment. Yes, they are dark, but is intended. Also, I may not have the most perfect calibrated monitor, so a final adjustment will need to be done if I decide to print any of these. Glad to hear you like the composition. That’s what I most like to focus on, not always with success, though… 🙂
I didn’t see any UFO yesterday… 😉
Wow, a wonderful collection of shots, lovely details and nice shapes.
I think this is a superb shot – very unusual and very imaginitive.
Thanks, I’m glad you like it! 🙂