The Photo Challenge #40 – Textures

I love to take pictures of raw materials; I find them extremely fascinating. Which is why, from time to time, I like to point my camera to the floor or very close to the side of old buildings. Through the lens the textures of the objects become something else.

The picture I chose for this week’s challenge was taken last spring while I was wandering in my hometown. It may not look anything special to you and I believe it is not, but somehow I like it very much.
The sun light, filtered through a church’s gate gave a new look the same old pavement.

And now, quiz time. After a quick look at the picture my boyfriend told me he sees a skittish horse (or a dinosaur) in it. What do you see?


The Photo Challenge #39 – Collage

If you ever find yourself in my hometown, Bologna (Italy), and you have a car you should definitely go visit Rocchetta Mattei. It’s a one hour trip, but it’s definitely worth it because, once you are there, you get to admire a castle so hypnotic and fantastic it seems to have just come out of who-knows-what fairytale.

Many different architectural styles, from different ages and from around the world, clash, combine and blend together like in a great collage.

And the surprises keep on coming as you continue your visit. Nothing in Rocchetta Mattei is what it seems: you think you’re seeing bricks, but you are actually looking at painted wood. You have the impression of seeing an inlaid wooden ceiling but it is actually papier-mâché. And so on.

I can’t do anything but highly recommend a visit, if you get the chance. For more pictures, you can click here.

The Photo Challenge #38 – Order

Order is not one of my strong points.
To be honest I’m a quite messy person and entropy fascinates me way too much. Not that I dislike tidy, neat spaces but this kind of thing just doesn’t get along with my way of thinking.

Thankfully, some people have a thing for order and some jobs just get done in that way. What you see in the picture is my new livingroom floor; the shot was taken the day after the tiles were installed. The layout is perfectly in order and I couldn’t be happier about it.