Lens-Artist Photo Challenge #62 – Silhouettes

For this week photo challenge I picked a mix of pictures taken during my previous travels and excursions in local areas.

My first entry is a picture I took during my holiday in Turkey last year. It was a great experience and I had the chance to do tandem paragliding myself. In spite of (and to conquer) my fear of heights, we took off from Babadag mountain, at circa 2000m height.

40 minutes of stunning views that is worth having a heart attack for! 😀

A paraglider in Oludeniz – Turkey

Two modern buildings in Berlin town caught my attention in February 2013.

Modern buildings in Berlin

On a more reflecting tone, I decided to post a picture of the concentration camp in Sachsenhausen. The write “Arbeit Macht Frei – work sets you free” was a nazi slogan originated by the title of a novel written in 1873 by German philologist Lorenz Diefenbach, and used at the entrance of a number of concentrations camps, including Dachau (Germany), Auschwitz (Poland) and Theresienstadt (Czech Republic).

Entrance to Sachsenhausen concentration camp – Berlin

The idea of the Clifton suspension bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge and the river Avon was born in 1753, but the first attempt at building such structure did not come before 1831, due to lack of enough fundings available. In that same year, the Bristol riots took place, after the House of Lords rejected a proposal to give Bristol more significant representation in the House of Commons. This resulted in significant further delays of the bridge construction, which was concluded in 1864.

Today the bridge is an iconic landmark and perhaps the most representative of Bristol city. In the last decades it has also been the venue for significant events, including the last Concorde flight (2003) and the handover of the Olympic Torch (2012).

Clifton iconic suspension bridge, Bristol UK

Last but not least is Corfe Castle, another UK landmark placed in Dorset. It was built by William the Conqueror in the 11th Century on Purbeck Hills, between Wareham and Swanage. It was partly built in stone, which indicated significant status, considering most of the castles were built with timber and stone at the time.

It was under the Crown’s control until 1572, when Elizabeth I sold it to Sir Christopher Hatton. It was later bought by Sir John Bankes in 1635 and later defended by his wife, Lady Mary Bankes.

The Castle successfully resisted the first siege in 1643 (I will spare you the gory details and the casualties here but I can tell you that lady was really good!), but fallen 2 years later because of an internal betrayal. The walls and the castle were blown up with explosives by order of the Parliament (no worries, no harm was done to Lady Mary Bankes who was actually allowed to leave).

Today the castle and its ruins are protected by the National Trust. Visitors can enjoy a stroll within the walls for a fee and also admire the stunning scenery around.