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Sally Ds mobile photography challenge: challengers choice

 

In case you hadn’t guessed, my challenger’s choice is “architecture”. The following 3 photos were taken with the iphone 6+ in camera app and were edited using various settings in the Enlight app. This app produces some great abstract effects.

 

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Bellapais abbey, Northern Cyprus

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Bath abbey, UK

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a chapel in Clifton, Bristol, UK

 

take a peek at other challenger’s choices

Sally D’s mobile photography challenge: editing a photo with apps

There is something intensely appealing to me about abandoned buildings. Apart from the fact that I find beauty in decay there are always unanswerable questions – who lived there, what were their lives like, what inspired them to build the building and why in this particular place?

The original photo was converted to a watercolour image
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the same original photo was converted to a pencil sketch
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the two resulting images were then combined
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and given a different colour cast
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This was the original photo
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this is a larger view of the same building – unifinished – I suspect it was going to be a hotel and the owners simply ran out of money to complete the project

Which one do you prefer?

Inspired by Sally Donatello

travel theme: history

Nicosia or Lefkoşa (depending on whether you are a Greek or a Turkish Cypriot) is the capital of the island of Cyprus. Unfortunately it is a divided capital and has been since 1963. A narrow band of no-man’s land, known as the “green line” separates the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot sections of the city. The same “green line” extends east and west from the city forming a boundary buffer zone patrolled by the UN between the northern and southern parts of the island.

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The old city is surrounded by walls, built by the Venetians, with the gates into the city at strategic points. This shot was taken near the Costanza gate.
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much of the northern part of the city is in a bad state of repair
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house backs

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small old mosque

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interior courtyard of the büyük han, formerly the main trading and staging post and now a cultural centre
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the forbidden zone – it is hoped that at some point in the future this area can be restored, repopulated and rejuvenated

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sculpture, south of the Ledra Street crossing point

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shade sails provide welcome shade in the heat of the summer

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the Phanorameni church in the south part of the walled city

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fountain in the more affluent South, outside the walled part of the city

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in the south

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stencilled logo

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graffiti

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5th century sculpture of lions attacking a bull

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female figurine found in one of the ancient sites

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modern reproduction of a bronze age ceramic vessel

If you are interested in learning more about Nicosia, Wikipedia has a fascinating article

Discover more history with Ailsa and followers

Discover challenge: doors

 

WordPress editor Cheri Lucas Rowlands recently shared a post entitled “Doors are stories” and invited artists, photographers, fiction and non-fiction writers to share their take on doors.

I’ve always been fascinated by doors and windows and wondered what lies behind.

 

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not so much into the lion’s den but in through the lion’s mouth (entrance to an Indian temple)

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entrance to the Durgiana temple, also known as the Silver temple, in Amritsar, India

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view through a doorway in the Golden temple, Amritsar

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a doorway in the old village of Khajuraho, India

 

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a door with a fairy tale to tell (Luxembourg-Grund)

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main entrance to the Katasteramt (cadastre/land registry office), Trier, Germany

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a door within a door, Trier, Germany

DP weekly photo challenge: face

Some faces from my archives in response to the DP weekly challenge

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travel theme: abstract

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building in Koln

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modern architecture in Dusseldorf

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modern batik in Singapore

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knotted rope in Thailand

sharing abstract with Ailsa & co.

most unusual use for a public toilet?

You may have heard of the “Pop-Up” phenomenon. Usually it refers to temporary restaurants or temporary shops but it’s increasingly being used for other activities.
Walking along Bristol’s Park Row this summer, my sister and I passed a small building which houses public toilets. The building hasn’t been used for this purpose for some time, although the pervading smell would indicate to the contrary. On the day we walked past we were surprised to discover that a life drawing class was taking place in the gents’ toilet!

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Unable to resist a challenge, in we went and sat down for half an hour or so to sketch the seated model. Although my sister has been attending life drawing classes I hadn’t attempted any such thing for more years than I care to remember. However, I did my best and confined myself to drawing the negative space around the model (and no, I’m not sharing my drawing, since you ask).

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The Ladies toilets were being used as an exhibition space

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As you can see, the original fixtures and fittings are still in place but the invading greenery may take over in the not too distant future. After admiring some of the artwork, we left a contribution towards the purchase of some supplies to be used in similar endeavours in the future. It was definitely an interesting location for an art class and we applauded the initiative of the two girls who had organised it.

Travel theme: Modern

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a modern take on an ancient stone circle at Campo del sole on Lake Trasimeno, Italy

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the Harmonic Fields sonic installation in Dorset

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animal sculpture in human pose (Luxembourg)

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this hand sculpture in Ettelbruck (Luxembourg) gives me the creeps with all its little mouths

Do you like modern art? I’m not always a great fan but sometimes it surprises and delights me.

sharing with Ailsa and other travel themers

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: churches or any religious building

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interior of the ‘Sandals’ church at Goreme, Cappadocia

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Guzelyurt, Cappadocia, a Christian church converted to a mosque

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a hilltop church near Guzelyurt, Cappadocia

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Esrefoglu mosque, Turkey

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the cathedral in Famagusta has now been converted into a mosque

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the interior – to our eyes, it looks bare. Gone are the stained glass windows replaced by plain glass with geometric designs and the pews have been replaced with carpets

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ancient chapel in northern Cyprus

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St Nicholas of the cats, Southern Cyprus. It has an unusual double roof.

What church or other religious building did you share with Cee?

DP photo challenge: symmetry in Myanmar

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cute symmetry in one of the pagodas at Bago

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the Royal Palace, Bago

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symmetrical mythical animal on the corner of a pagoda, Bagan

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reflected symmetry of the Ananda paya, Bagan

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and finally, since it’s St Valentine’s day today, I found this on the beach in Thailand a couple of years ago

Did you share something showing symmetry this week?