Head of Franz Kafka

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.

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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

Prague’s John Lennon Wall

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.

 

This photo was taken on April 15, 2019. Specs are:

Canon 200D, ISO 100, f/9, 1/50 sec, 18 mm.

 

 

 

A Road between Eastern and Western Europe

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.

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.

Altar of the Old-New Synagogue in Prague

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.