Lions seven, Christians nil / Christians in heaven, lions ill

by Stefan Fletcher February. 20, 2011 5890 views

(Appropriate music [youtube.com]. It's probably not a bad idea to enlarge these.)

The amphitheatre in Arles is a smaller and slightly later variant of the Colosseum in Rome. The 3rd century Pagan Times listings indicate a varied program of gladiator fights and Christians ending up as next day's lion shit.

The structure is huge and became a self-contained town in the Middle Ages with over 200 dwellings, four barbicans and two chapels. Carmen author Prosper Mérimée led the movement to turn it into a national monument in the early 1800s and it still serves today as a venue for concerts and bull fights.

Russel Crowe and other wild beasts have not been seen in the region for decades so Christians and normal people can breathe safely.

It was unusually mild yesterday without the mistral. There was pale, sharp winter light I couldn’t resist.

These taken with a Canon 5DII and a 16-35 mm f/2.8 L mk II. Post-processing in Photoshop CS5 and LR3.

As you’ve noticed, some are the B&W variants on the colour images.

I'm afraid I had to clone out the information board on which was printed:

“TIPSTERS' ODDS:
Simba = evens
Mafusa = 2:1
Soon-to-be Saint Mathilda of the Blessed BBQ Sauce = 100:1”

Gladiator changing rooms

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Thebronzebow 9 years, 10 months ago

Great set. It's interesting how much color or the lack of it contributed to the perception of depth.

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Dorothe 9 years, 10 months ago

Fantastic set!

9 years, 10 months ago Edited
Olykaz 9 years, 11 months ago

Very nice work. I love it.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Pat 9 years, 11 months ago

how fantastic...someday I'd like to see this for myself.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Jacki 9 years, 11 months ago

"Gladiator changing rooms".... hard to even comprehend. Fascinating series.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 9 years, 11 months ago

Great report. I know this town and I love the way you pictured the amphitheater. The last one is beautiful

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Marsha 9 years, 11 months ago

Impressive set, Stefan! I just love the light and shadows in the B/Ws....#s 5 and 13 appeal to me the most!!

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Piotrek 9 years, 11 months ago

Wonderful set!

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Nick Cavell 9 years, 11 months ago

Sun! Haven't seen that for a long while. Shots are good, prefer 4 to 5, but after that I prefer the B&W versions, something to do with the distracting nature of the colour of the stone, or maybe I'm talking bollocks, or it was last night's red.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Leslie D 9 years, 11 months ago

#5 confuses me...so much going on. #9 is my favorite...
I notice there are few people wandering about (maybe you said, "Hey, I'm taking pictures here...do you mind?") Such a beautiful, historic landmark in the U.S. would have a ticket booth and charge admission to enter.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
David Swatton 9 years, 11 months ago

It must have been dreadful the way they were treated... those poor lions being force-fed Christians

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
David Cardona 9 years, 11 months ago

Good perspectives and compositions! Thanks for sharing!

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Claire 9 years, 11 months ago

quelles belles images je me croyait dans un film !!!!!!!!!!!

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Lynda 9 years, 11 months ago

You've reminded me of my A level French - had to study Merimee's Carmen.

Striking set

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Helen Hooker 9 years, 11 months ago

What an astonishing structure - you've done a fantastic job here. I'd have found this irrisistible too :-)

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Paul 9 years, 11 months ago

For what it is worth I think #4 is superb ! I particularly like the shadows, which lead you into the centre of the image.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Andarta 9 years, 11 months ago

These pictures are amazing! I love the shadows in 4 and 5 and number 9 in b&w. Thanks so much for sharing something so beautiful :-)

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Karman 9 years, 11 months ago

Fantabulous Set. Love the angles and perspectives on this set. Such an expressive title. Too Good.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Eric J H Joyce 9 years, 11 months ago

Fantastic..................

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Michael Sakowicz 9 years, 11 months ago

Neato, skeeto. Of course I like the b/w's.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Kate 9 years, 11 months ago

I have spent ages scrolling backwards and forwards through this post and each time seeing something new. Sometimes the contrast of ancient and modern, sometimes the depth of the atmosphere...for me something that makes a great set - i had to look again and again...and no I never did settle on a favourite

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Moira 9 years, 11 months ago

Great set I especially like nos 3 and 4 .
You just wonder what the lady was thinking in no7 , very nice and I like the last one too great composition.

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Art Bee 9 years, 11 months ago

Wow wow wow.......I can almost hear the lions roaring! Interesting that Rome became the central place for Christianity......Hummm God must have answered those "profanity prayers" after all..... Ironic....Spartacus's playground he humbled an empire! These are magnificent Stefan.....the b/ws are amazing....the lights and shadows play off one another to create the astmosphere of excitement and the feeling of "impending doom"(thought I'd throw that one in there") btw....Daniel one... Lions none

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Gerd Korts 9 years, 11 months ago

There are some great angles and excellent play with light and shadow in color as well as in B/W

9 years, 11 months ago Edited
Darci 9 years, 11 months ago

great set Stefan... I really enjoy the b&w ones, but they are all stunning.

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