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.
Great shots! 🙂
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!! 🙂
You’re very welcome, Cathy. I noticed that they’d been to visit you. 🙂
lovely pictures! those sunbeds look so inviting don’t they!>??
Thanks so much for your visit, ferra. Yes, I enjoyed those sunbeds whilst we were on holiday there. 🙂
Stunning series of repetitions. The rice paddies reminded me of Rice Terraces in the Philippines.
I’ve never been to the Philippines, but I imagine it’s equally as beautiful as Bali. Maybe one day. 🙂
They all are beautiful and fit perfectly in the theme.
Nice compositions and great colors in all of them!
Thanks so much, Pablo. 🙂
lovely photos, Adinparadise. 🙂
Thanks so much, Imelda. Have a lovely weekend. 🙂
What a cool post AD … so many fine examples of repetition all around. Thank you for showing us the catacombs in Lima. Fascinating spectacle!
Thanks, Paula. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Lima photo. 🙂
Another outstanding photos of Adinparadise… 🙂
Always lovely… thanks for sharing.. 🙂
Thanks so much, Bams.:)
The deck chairs on Phuket are relaxing…so many skulls – horrible thought!!!
Two very contrasting photos, Lisa. 🙂
Did a double take on the one of the catacombs, just like a movie still
Hahaha. Yes you’re right, it is. 🙂
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/
Hehehe Trust you to think of something like that, Marco. You could probably play chopsticks on those bones, if you got bored. 🙂
Or Jenga, ha ha. But please, don’t gnaw on them – they don’t you where us living people have been 🙂
Oh YUCK! The very idea. 😀
I think some cannibal tribes would give their eye teeth to spend some time down there making soup or flour from them bones and before I’d better stop before you try to beat me to death with someone’s rib cage – a bigger surface area with which to strike 🙂
😀 Just think of all that marrow going to waste!
As usual, amazing photos AD
Thanks so much, Tandy. 🙂
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.
Me neither, Suzanne. Very bizarre indeed. 🙂
Beautiful images and I especially love the rice paddies of Bali. Wow!! 🙂
Thanks so much, Sunshine. 🙂
Fabulous photos as usual and interesting stories. Very inspired “The Catacombs”
Thanks so much, Della Anna. The Catacombs was a very different experience, for sure. 🙂
Well done as I like the mix … plus the last one served as a great ending.
Thanks, Frank. Glad you liked my mix. 🙂
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. 🙂
Thanks for your interesting comment, Subhan. How lovely to have a house in beautiful Bali. I would love that. 🙂 My dad was half Indonesian, so maybe I’d fit in well, except for the fact that I don’t know the language. 🙂
ahahaha, sure! It may take a while for the idea to materialize, but yeah, you’ll be the first person to know when it’s finished. And you’re more than welcome to visit too. 🙂
Thanks so much. 🙂
awesome pictures! especially the first one, love it 🙂 a little gruesome if you think of it but still a great photo, haha!
Thanks, Aian. Gruesome can sometimes be quite fascinating. At least there’s no-one you know down there. 🙂
well there is no denying you have captured repetition lol
Thanks, Scott. I’m glad you think that I did a good job. 🙂
Fabulous, and i’d like to see a closer photo of the gown you wore for the wedding!
I would second that request.
Now, you’re ganging up on me. 🙂
Thanks, Gilly. I’ll consider your request. 🙂
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.
Well it’s not too late to do the challenge, grannymar. Hope you’re now recovered from your fall.
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! 😀
Thanks so much, Dianne. It was a lovely beach, and on this our first visit, the weather was perfect.We weren’t so lucky the second time around. 🙂
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
Have you ever climbed Mount Lawu? I checked on Wiki, and it looks really beautiful there. 🙂
You’re just teasing me with the picture of the beach. First it was food and now it’s seaside fun! 😉
That’s right, TA. Sue me! 😀
Well, people are doing that left right and centre nowadays so I think I might just do that 😛
oddly enough, am a big fan of repetition in photographs, not in real life though
Yes, it’s not good to repeat one’s mistakes, and life could get really boring if we kept going to the same places on vacation. 🙂
Fabulous place. 🙂
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. 😉
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! 🙂
Thanks, Phil. Yes the wedding was a fabulous occasion. 🙂
You looked fabulous, AD!
The pic and story of the San Fransisco church is stunning…
Thanks so much, Amy. I did my best.:)
That cathedral is indeed something to behold AD! Such beauty.
As for the skeletons – at least it looks kind of harmonic 😉
Hahaha. It reminds me of that old spiritual song, “Dem bones, dem bone, dem dry bones. ” 🙂
Nice selections for your theme, and all so beautiful.
Thanks, Elisa. 🙂
I love that wedding pic with you and your son ad 🙂
Thanks so much, Hopestar. 🙂 Hugs to you tooo.
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!
Thanks so much. I thought of the Lima pic as soon as Marianne posted the challenge. 🙂
I’s a shot that’s been waiting for a reason to be posted, I guess!
What a great theme to explore, I love your varied interpretations of the theme
Thanks, Pommepal. Glad you enjoyed. 🙂
Great job on the theme. You have and take wonderful photos.
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks so much for your encouragement, Francine. 🙂
Great photos fo the theme again AD 😉
Thanks so much, Chris. 🙂
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 🙂
Thanks so much, Marianne. I’m sorry forgot to do the intros.. Will edit my post. 🙂
Easily forgotten 🙂
Well done with the theme. Lovly pics which will have me go look at my Lisbon pics of a year ago.
Thanks so much, newsy. Great memories of Lisbon. 🙂
I love the cathedral in Cordoba and you look beautiful at your son’s wedding. They’re all great!!
Thanks so much, Cathy. I forgot that I was supposed to introduce two of my favourite bloggers, so have edited my post. I hope you get some visitors from my side. 🙂
Wow! You are so nice to do that. I have to look into this photo challenge! I follow Marianne’s blog, but I keep forgetting about her photo challenge!
cool pics as usual 🙂
Thanks so much, Roly. 🙂