rome17Roma and architecture are dear, dear friends. They seem intrinsically linked, as if the ancient Romans had nothing better to do than lay brick and tile things. Oh, and make gelato! Have you ever gotten gelato in cup before? Notice the dome in the above picture (photo: up), it’s just an upside down gelato cup. It’s cool, but why copy a gelato cup for a roof?!

Another thing Rome really should be known for is shutters. And what a brilliant thing these shutters are. They really give you unlimited options for enhancing the look of your building: shutters open, shutters closed, one shutter open, one shutter half open the other completely open, one shutter half open the other completely closed, a shutter 3/4 open the other half open or closed or all open, etc.

And you add some cacti or empty clay flow’r pots and you’re having a good time.
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Photography, as I take pictures of doors, remind me that you are the only true door to understanding my own humanity by using reflection: the looking back at our human past and also the reflection on the mirror to the sensor (or film). Unless you’re using a mirror-less system, then just the reflecting on our humanity part.

The below picture (photo’d: downwards) features an interesting pyramid design on the side of the building. Of course, as a photojournalist, I was intrigued and needed to find out “why”. Ultimately, that proved to take a lot of work and research (and googling, probably), so I just guessed at it.

Pyramid finishing was famous for a period (circa ages ago) in Roma. It wasn’t just stylish and 3 dimensional, but it also was practical. As seen here on a prison, probably, it stopped heroes (like an Italian Zorro or Batman) from scaling the side of the building to break someone out of jail (they’d slip on the slanted sides or hurt their foot on the point). And it was also used to beat laundry before hanging to dry, I reckon.

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Did you know architecture includes roads? It probably does. Below you’ll see two vastly different Romanesque roadways (in Rome). The first is a roundabout (famous in England) and the other is a crazy road that doesn’t seem to make sense. Re: the latter, do you have to do a 3 point turn just to get around that corner? I know your cars are small, but come on!

I have a roundabout by my house and, as a public service announcement to those who haven’t seen one, I’d like to offer a little instructional here. KEEP MOVING! When you’re on the roundabout, keep moving, don’t yield or stop. And if there’s no one on the roundabout, don’t yield or stop, just get on the roundabout! It’s there to avoid people having to stop! KEEP MOVING! DRIVE!!

Roma architecture teaches us that even though the side of a building might be some worn down, faded concrete, brick or painted stucco, if you add a few plants in clay pots, it can really jazz up the place.

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