Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Weekly Photo Challenge – as soon as I saw this week’s photo challenge I immediately thought of a long ago trip to San Gimignano and the views from the towers.  I don’t remember if this is true of all of them but at least one of them is ‘hollow’; in other words there is nothing at its centre such that the iron stairs ascend its inner walls surrounded by a void.  This not only demands a head for heights but a degree of faith in the local civil engineers.  The pictures were taken in early September 2001 from Torre Grossa which stands at 54 metres.  As cinema buffs will know, the continued existence of these towers is entirely due to the bloody-minded grit and determination of Judi Dench and Maggie Smith et al (Tea with Mussolini) ;-):

San GimignanoSan Gimignano


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  1. LaVagabonde · May 5, 2013

    Love the editing on these.

    • northumbrianlight · May 5, 2013

      Many thanks, glad you liked them. I did these some time ago when I was going through an ‘arty’ phase with Photoshop 🙂

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  4. Lily Mugford · May 6, 2013

    wow.. great photos

    • northumbrianlight · May 6, 2013

      Thanks, glad you liked them – thanks for stopping by and the follow.

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  6. greenmackenzie · May 6, 2013

    Wonderful photos from above, and the editing is really beautiful.

    • northumbrianlight · May 7, 2013

      Many thanks – these were taken the week before 9/11 and I think the post editing of the first was influenced by the twin towers.

  7. busymindthinking · May 8, 2013

    I’m new to your site and feeling rather privileged I must say. I love your work. I look forward to exploring your older posts. Blessings on your day.

  8. dmgartphoto · May 14, 2013

    Clever mix of color/BW. the washed out quality on the first one is very appealing.

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