This is our entry in Lens-Artists Photo Challenge #59 – Angles. The challenge is to photograph something from different angles. While the photographer in our case was standing in the same place, the object being photographed was changing angles.
David Černý’s Head of Franz Kafka stands behind the Quadrio shopping center in Prague, Czech Republic. The head plus base stands almost 36 feet tall. The head is composed of 42 stacked stainless steel “slices” that can rotate independently, but are choreographed to deform and reform the face repeatedly. The slide show below shows the state of the head at 5 second intervals; a complete reforming takes 45 seconds.
The ten images in the slide show were taken on April 14, 2019. Specs are:
Fuji X100T, ISO 800, f/16, 1/30 sec, 23 mm
This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Wall.
The John Lennon wall in Prague, Czech Republic, was created following the 1980 assassination of John Lennon: at that time, it contained only one image of Lennon and the lyrics from a song. The wall changes continually and has a history of challenging authority. Exactly one week after we took this photo, on Earth Day, the wall was repainted entirely by the protest group Extinction Rebellion to demand government action on climate change.
Prague’s John Lennon Wall
This photo was taken on April 15, 2019. Specs are:
Canon 200D, ISO 100, f/9, 1/50 sec, 18 mm.
This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge – Road.
The Charles Bridge in Prague, built in 1347, was the only road across the Moldau River — connecting Eastern and Western Europe — until 1841. There is a tiny, almost obscure, door at the base of the bridge’s tower which opens to a long flight of steps leading to the top (for a fee — it’s still Prague, after all). The tower is the only way to see the bridge without wading through a sea of tourists and vendors.
There is also a good view of the bridge from the deck of one of the scenic river cruises. The view is nice, but the cruise is hampered by all the locks along that stretch of the Moldau.
Charles Bridge from Below
The final photo is an eye-level view taken while crossing the pedestrian road across the bridge. We found it to be the least interesting way to see the bridge.
Tourist’s Eye View of Charles Bridge
We generally like to post beautiful and interesting images. This post is different.
While in Prague this April, we toured several of the synagogues near our AirBnB. One was the Pinkas Synagogue which includes an exhibit of art made by Jewish children who were incarcerated in the Terezín ghetto during the Second World War. The ghetto was used for propaganda to convince international observers, such as the Red Cross, that German treatment of the Jews was humane. The children were props and almost all were murdered in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau after being put on display to show how well they were being treated.
We found the exhibit to be emotionally challenging. Many visitors were in tears. We looked at every piece of work and were heartsick.
We visited Prague this month. The historic area is stunning. Unfortunately, Prague is like Disneyworld on a school holiday. We have attached a photo that shows the good and bad of Prague — in a single image — taken in early April on a cold day.
This is our entry in Dutch goes the Photo!’s Tuesday Photo Challenge — Worship.
We recently visited the Jewish Quarter in Prague. One of the (many) stops was the Old-New Synagogue, the oldest active synagogue in Central Europe. The building — constructed in 1270 — is in the gothic style and was build by hired Christian workers since Jews were not permitted to participate in the building trades.
The photo below shows a raised platform used for Torah reading during services. The large red banner was given by Charles IV, in honor of the Jewish community’s service.
An interesting aside about this synagogue is that, in around 1600, Rabbi Lowe is said to have created a creature — called the Golem — to protect the ghetto. This creature, the world’s first “robot,” is said to be hidden in the attic of the synagogue.