CBBH Photo Challenge: Repetition


Marianne at ‘East of Malaga’ blog, has a monthly photo challenge. September’s theme is ‘Repetition’. She says, “In everyday life, repetition can often seem tedious.   However, with creative use in photographs, repetition can give an image a real impact.   Evidence of repetition can be found all around us, not only in nature, but more often in man-made objects too.”

I have a few pics to share with you which say to me, “repetition.”

The first one is taken in downtown Lima, Peru, at the San Fransisco church. This 17th century Baroque church, originally had a normal graveyard for its members, but when space became a problem, the skulls and bones were removed from the graves and thrown into a deep pit.  This pit, over time, became the last resting place for most of Lima’s dead, and today the remains of some 25,000 to 70,000 people are stored at the catacombs. Until 1808, the bones were just heaped up in there, but in 1943, when the place was opened up for archeological excavation, it was decided that the Catacombs would have more appeal if the human bones were arranged artistically. They placed the skulls together in a center pile, with same length arm bones radiating outward, and matching leg bones extending beyond the arms; a rather grisly sight indeed.

On a less macabre note, here is the interior of the Mezquita Catedral (Mosque Cathedral) of Córdoba. This beautiful building has a very interesting and varied history. The vast central hall has 856 columns, made of jasper, onyx, marble and granite, and is absolutely breathtaking to behold.

The terraced rice paddies of Bali, also speak to me of repetition. As well as the repetitive lines and tiers of these paddies, can you just imagine how tedious the work must be? After the fields have been plowed and raked, the messy and back-breaking work of replanting can begin. This is often done by whole family units; men, women and children.  All day long, they trudge barefoot through the rice paddies, constantly bending over.  I read that on average, it takes fifteen people, four days to plant out an area of 1 hectare.

On a brighter and more relaxing note, here are dozens of deck chairs on the beach in Phuket,  just waiting for people to finish breakfast, and come down to relax in them, whilst watching the waves.

More chairs here, but this time at a family friend’s house, overlooking Lake Tahoe. They were being set out for our son’s wedding a few years ago. There am I on the balcony, and my son is down below looking up at me. What a lovely occasion it was. :)

If  you enjoyed my ‘repetition’ photos, why not do the challenge yourself? To see more bloggers’ interpretations, just click here.

I would like to introduce you to two of my favourite bloggers:

Cathy, an English teacher in Oman, has some fascinating experiences and lots of beautiful travel pics to show you. She’s super friendly too. :)

Gemma of first and fabulous, is a retired teacher, and full of fun and great photos, as she takes us through her daily life.

I hope you will take a moment to visit my two friends. You are sure to enjoy.

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94 comments on “CBBH Photo Challenge: Repetition

  1. Sylvia, I had visited this post earlier, before you mentioned me, but I never came back to thank you for the mention! A couple of your faithful followers have popped by to visit me, so I thank you for that. Maybe I can put something together for this Repetition theme myself… We’ll see, I’m getting so far behind in my blogging!! :-)

  2. What a cool post AD … so many fine examples of repetition all around. Thank you for showing us the catacombs in Lima. Fascinating spectacle!

  3. As usual, you outdid yourself! I like that macabre picture – do you think they would mind if I moved my office in there? Would be great to get stuff done then, very few people will come down to bug me, ha ha/

  4. I can’t get over the catacombs…I’ve never seen anything like this………I wouldn’t have liked to have had the job of arranging things for an “artistic” effect….ewwwwww.

  5. I knew that the rice paddies are in Bali! :-) I’m too familiar with the place, despite the fact that I am not originally from there. I used to live there for a while, and have been back and forth almost every year. Some of my best friends are also Balinese, and I’m planning to have a house in Bali, so there you go. I love the Island! :-)

    And the other pictures are gorgeous too. Thank you for sharing. Many blessings and much love to you, Adinparadise. :-)

    Subhan Zein

  6. I never thought of ‘repetition’ photos as an idea for a blog post. I am sure I have a few in my folders. I did once manage a post on collections.

  7. Okay – now I’m dreaming of sitting on one of those deck chairs on the beach in Phuket
    That photo of you and your son at his wedding is magnificent! :D

  8. The third picture is similar to the situation in my village on the slopes Lawu, but unfortunately it was in Bali.

    That’s sis .., the hard work of our rural farmers like this

  9. The catacombs were a bit of a shock before breakfast… but the rest of the post was simply fabulous! You look like a movie star up there on the porch in Tahoe. I used to live just down the hill from there many years ago…. Seems we do get around! ;)

    • Thanks, Gunta. Sorry about the shock. :) We do get around, hey? I suppose you must then know Squaw Creek resort where we all stayed for the week, and where the reception was held. :)

      • Since I lived reasonably close to Tahoe, I didn’t pay much attention to the resorts up there. My visits were essentially day trips. Here’s one I posted awhile back from Squaw Valley (I’m assuming that’s where your resort was?) http://wp.me/sXX8J-snow Very different season, though!
        And, yes, we do seem to get around a bit. Ain’t it wonderful? Though I’ve pretty much stuck to one continent for the most part, other than where I was born and one single return trip. ;)

  10. Outstanding photos and very interesting background on each!
    Wow, those catacombs in Lima are amazing, eerie, but amazing.
    I’ll bet that wedding was sensational! :-)

  11. The Lima shot is extraordinary, Ad – beautiful, in a macabre way, with the repetitions creating a pattern and order from the remains. A very clever entry :)

    I know Cathy’s work, but look forward to going over to see Gemma’s – thanks for the introduction!

  12. Fabulous photos for this month´s theme! You did well with the photos in Córdoba and Lima as the light isn´t always helpful in dark corners, is it?

    Are you going to introduce us to any fellow bloggers this month? I know you visit some great blogs AD :)

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