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The Popes Fire Escape

The Popes Fire Escape

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  • VZ
  • United States
  • 5 May 2009, 01:45
speaking of religious modesty and the material restrains that Popes so like to preach... I fail to see it here. smile It's a heluva stairwell, Nig, and your 11 mm helps a lot to convey this. smile
Nigel Clack: I agree in all casessmile Thanks VZ
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 5 May 2009, 05:40
Pope's water slide to Hell...where he goes for a night out with the boys occasionally.
Nigel Clack: Only occasionally?
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 5 May 2009, 06:03
A different take on Ray's post....

The Pope's waterslide to heaven...where he goes for a night out with the boys occasionally smile

As for VZ's comment---well we all know mankind, of which we are members, has done many great things in the name of religion--like burning witches and jailing astronomers smile

Now back to your photograph, beautifully done. I love the circular motion and am drawn into it.
Nigel Clack: I must admit, the more I look at it the more I am drawn to it.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 5 May 2009, 06:12
Blimey - what a thing!
Nigel Clack: Indeed!
Gorgeous photo and structure. There is much to say about the context and I agree with Viktor and Kathryn but that doesn't take away from the beauty of this reminds me of the snail's humble little home...those respective realities quite in contrast to each other.
Nigel Clack: I agree, as much as I found the wealth and unnecessary amount of art in the Vatican hard to swallow, you cant take away anything from the craftsmen and artistssmile
  • Stan
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 May 2009, 07:57
Nice shot mate though I'd probably clone the pesky tourists out :p
Nigel Clack: I got to admit I was undecidedsmile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 5 May 2009, 08:07
Wow, ornate. great image Nigel
Nigel Clack: Yeah, too ornate for my house, but makes for a good imagewink
Brilliant pic nig, is there more than one staircase here?
Nigel Clack: Yep a modern stone one, this one and yesterday's wheel chair casesmile
This is great, beautiful structure and almost abstract. smile
Nigel Clack: It is a bit abstract isn't it, cheers Clare.
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 May 2009, 10:04
Is that him on his way down? Looking at this is very compelling - my eye keeps following the spiral down and down.
Nigel Clack: No that's one of his predecessorswink Cheers Ingrid.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 5 May 2009, 10:44
I wish I had seen this on my two visits wonderful composure
Nigel Clack: You probably couldn't see it for tourists, they really get in the way sometimessmile
That is the finest fire escape that I have ever seen.
Nigel Clack: Just the rear entrance reallywink
Somehow I can't see the Pope sliding down these bannisters in a hurry Nigel. Very good composition.
I've got a very similar shot somewhere Nigel - must dig it out.
Nigel Clack: dig it out!
Brilliant capture Nig. It looks like a snail!
I couldnt help spotting this one. A great shot. Well done.
Nigel Clack: Thanks for stopping by Ronald
well it would be no good in our house, would probs have to sleep downstairs on a fri-night after the beer lolgrin

Stunning shot for a 1sec hand held mateysmile
Nigel Clack: I know what you mean, it gets steeper as you go down, confusing enough when you are soberwink
I am not worthy, I am not worthy. I've always wanted to do a staircase shot like this, but couldn't find anything similar here in L.A. Perhaps I just haven't found it yet. This is just fantastic.
Nigel Clack: I have no particular affinity to staircases, todays and yesterdays just took my fancesmile Thanks for looking in Howard.
The inner shell of a snail ...
Excellent shot Nig. Imagine sliding down the the time you got to the bottom the friction would probably have set your pants on fire
Nigel Clack: It's OK my pants are often on firegrin
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 May 2009, 22:22
Like it Nigel, especially the near monchrome with the occaisional tints from the lights. Makes something very old seem very contemporary.
Nigel Clack: I like contemporarysmile
  • paul
  • United Kingdom
  • 5 May 2009, 22:46
I'm a sucker for staircase pictures like this and this is a cracker
Nigel Clack: I have not heard of this fetish before, but I am glad I have given you something that you Likeysmile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
  • 6 May 2009, 14:42
It's going to take a while for him to get out. Very ornate. Love your capture.
Useful for Papes with rollers or very old Pape with rolling chair !
Very ell done again !
Nigel Clack: smilesmilesmile
Beautiful capture of a place I would love to visit! Dominic
  • Eliza
  • Tanzania
  • 22 Aug 2009, 10:21
wow, where was i in may, how did i miss this smile. this image takes a lot of looking at, you eye is drawn into its midst; it's almost like an eye, or water swirling down a plughole. whatever, it's very beautiful smile
Nigel Clack: Thanks Eliza, since taking this shot I keep seeing loads of other peoples all over the placesmile!

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