Tag Archives: Sculpture

3798 – The Soldier

The 45/1.8 is a lens that I very rarely use. It’s not that it does not perform well. It does, and it does extremely so. It is also not the angle of view. In fact the 90mm (eq) focal length is what I find most satisfying for street photography. At that focal length the size of the frame best matches my area of attention. Seeing with the 45/1.8 is completely effortless.

No, it’s the same reason why I tend to prefer the 17/1.8 over the 25/1.8: metal over plastic. Stupid, huh?

3784 – Garnets

Radenthein is a small town in Carinthia, in earlier times mostly known for its garnet mine. Today it is a museum and children can pick their own garnets from the stone. Once they have a few, the stones can be brought to the shop, where they are cut and polished. It’s a nice idea and seemingly a big success.

An interesting fact that I learned was, that in the 1500s, the high time of Radenthein’s garnet production, the stones were not cut and polished in town, they were transported to Prague. There the emperor employed the best of Venice’s jewel cutters.

Sounds cool, working as an expert for the emperor? Forget it. They lived miserable lives, had to work lying flat on their bellies, pressing garnet against rotating grindstone. The position was unnatural and crippeling, the dust ruined their lungs. So much for being an expert.

3705 – Another Madonna

I’m afraid I don’t know which of the many churches and chapels this is. I delayed tagging the images until it was too late. I suppose I could find it on Street View, but I’m on the train now and my connection is flaky. Having an LTE plan is one thing, having LTE is another 🙂

… some time passes …

No, I’ve tried just that, I’ve walked the streets of Aix, I know the part of the city where it should be, but obviously I have made a shortcut or a deviation somewhere that I’ve forgotten.

I have made a non-distinct image a minute before, and the next images came only 15 minutes later. 15 minutes are a long time. Even one of them is, as we’ve learned in Yellow Submarine 😀

3675 – Nicolas-Claude Fabri de Peiresc

Did you know him? Honestly, I didn’t. In any case, it’s an impressive list of scientific fields that he was involved in.

Sure, it was easier then. So many things were waiting to be discovered, and many of them didn’t need a lot of apparatus to begin with. If they did, it helped to be rich. He certainly was that 🙂

3623 – The Silly Lion

Long ago, in Austria’s glorious past, we owned all of Venice. It was only a short period following the Napoleonic wars and before we lost our war against the Prussians, but nevertheless it made sense to have a sculpture of the Lion of Saint Mark’s, Venice’s symbol, in the hall of Vienna’s sounth-bound railway station.

Today this is Vienna Main Station, a new and in my eyes quite successful attempt at station building. It’s all glass, steel and polished stone, but the lion is still there. It doesn’t always look this silly, by the way 🙂