This is Vienna’s City Hall. I’ve been here two times last year, once in the morning before an event where I had to present one of our programs, and the other time when I spent a day showing around my friend Ted Byrne. We’ll come to that day in time 🙂
OK, that’s the last one. “Abuse” did I say. Why? Well, look at the “graves”:
Soldato / Manzi / Luigi / 30°Fanteria
A title, a surname, a name and a regiment. No date. That’s not a grave! They didn’t care where and when Luigi Manzi was born or when he died. For them, he was nothing more than a function. That’s what I mean by “Abuse”.
Crosses are a Christian symbol and, regardless of how you see Christianity or generally religion, the original meaning was not one of decoration on a memorial for the glory of warfare.
Nothing else is this hill: it’s a symbol for the glory of Mussolini’s legions. It fascinates me (I’m always fascinated by fascist architecture) and at the same time it disgusts me. Well, we’ll see a lot more this year.
Terrace after terrace, the walls full of names. Every one a dead soldier. On the friezes on top of the walls the word PRESENTE over and over. It’s what soldiers say when they are called: Present! Ready!
This is an army of the dead. Ghastly, in a way. Kind of an eternal abuse of the fallen, if you ask me.
This is the Sacrario militare di Redipuglia, a war memorial built under Mussolini. It houses the remains of 100,187 Italian soldiers killed between 1915 and 1917 in the eleven battles fought on the Karst and Isonzo front.
When you’re there, it’s big, but it is just a gentle slope. A strange effect. Maybe it’s because from the highway I had never more time than for a fleeting glance?
Would be pretty foolish to be in such a place and not to make a panorama, right?
Stitching in Lightroom left me a big hole in the lower right corner. I took care of it in Photoshop. I didn’t try to hide the problem altogether (using gradients and overlaying textures would have been possible), I just wanted to get rid of the distraction. You can download the whole 16979×5632 image from Flickr, if you want to see all the details. I admit this blog is not a good context for big panoramas 😀
F8, 1/15s, ISO 200, thr range as dynamic as it gets and … this camera is good enough. If there had been a basketball game going on under these conditions, I’d very likely sing a different tune, but as it is – and as what I take pictures of – the OM-D E-M1 Mk II is a perfect camera.
What if I’d frequently went to basketball games? Well, I’d buy a second camera with one long zoom. Nothing else.