Friday, August 24, 2012

Mamma, Mamma Mia








Florence, Italy

This is the grave marker of Silvia Marini de Rogati (1886-1947). I don't know who she was but it seems she was a loving mother. The look on her face is filled with love and kindness as she protects four small children with her garment as they cling to her legs.
I found this beautiful statue in a small cemetery in front of The  Basilica di San Miniato a Monte high on hill looking over Florence.

Beneath the children at the base of the statue is a carved portrait of Silvia in her later years. It's above an inscription that reads: "Mamma, Mamma Mia".

 These photos were inspired by Owen at the blog called Magic Lantern Show. It's obvious that he loves cemeteries because he photographs them with passion. I know because I was lucky enough to spend a day with him in Père-Lachaise cemetery in Paris a couple of years ago.

Anyway do search for cemetery at his blog and you'll see what I mean. :)  Magic Lantern Show



My entry for The Weekend in Black and White

34 comments:

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  2. You chose a nice angle, the composition is great, and I really loved to see them with different DOF, another good idea!
    They are lovely, strong, poetic...
    Have a wonderful weekend James! :)

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  3. I seem to be having difficulty leaving a comment, but this is a terrific capture of a beautiful statue, James! I do love Florence and enjoyed what time I was able to spend there some years ago -- wish I had been able to stay longer!!

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  4. Very beautifull, makes me think a bit of Rio.

    Greetings,
    Filip

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  5. This is a great post, so much to see!

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  6. This is a wonderful picture portraying love and motherhood in a statue. You can really feel it as you view the statue. The minute the shot started appearing on my screen I just knew inside that it had to be Florence. I adored that city and would return in a heartbeat. I much prefer it to Rome where we were attacked by pickpockets on the tube. Such a lovely capture. genie

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  7. Hey, many thanks for the nod ! I spent a few hours in that cemetery in June, it was a fantastic place. I guess you know the author of Pinocchio is buried there ? Your photo here of Sylvia's tomb is beautiful, love the angle you found. I also photographed her sculpture, but from a different position, with the four children included around her. That cemetery was full of beautiful sculptures, I have many photos from there still to edit. Did you get to the English Cemetery in Florence ? That too is an incredible site. Much smaller, but fascinating. Ah, so many places to explore !

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  8. Funny, comments seem to be appearing twice here, in different places, like there is an echo... like the line from the King Crimson song on the Discipline album... "I repeat myself when under stress, I repeat myself when under stress"... techno-stress apparently ... :-)

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  9. And now the doubles have disappeared... weird stuff !

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  10. Beautiful inclination of this figure's head! So soft and caring! Lovely photo!

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  11. Ah! This is beautiful in B&W ... just perfect.

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  12. En effet, tout l'amour maternel est dans l'attitude de cette maman.

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  13. When I see such a picture, and when I read that you're a self taught photographer, I can't help admiring you!!
    This shot is so strong, beautiful, well done, feeding imagination, moving...
    An other about which I want to say :"Oh, I'd like to have it on my wall"!
    Bravo!et merci..

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  14. Strange: my comment appears several times!..

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  15. This is a fantastic shot! I love the PoV, and the greyscale!
    :)

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  16. A very moving homage. And the artist who did the sculpture is very talented!
    God bless you!
    Cezar

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  17. Love the two opposing uses of the depth of field presented next to each other. The second especially makes for an unusual and moving image. The clarity of the background elements juxtaposed against the ethereal sculpted figure in the foreground really does make a statement!

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  18. Two excellent photos, and the subject is so beautiful. I love the caring pose and expression.

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  19. A very dramatic image. This would be great for Julie's Taphophile Tragics meme.

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  20. This is really beautiful! Love the expression on her face. A very moving monument.

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  21. I've reacted differently - maybe because in the Angels of Doctor Who - but I found the statue a little sinister . . . something to do with the darkness of her lowered (averted) eyes.

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  22. I wish my own mother were that loving... But she has a stone heart more hard that the one of this statue.

    Lovely picture indeed.

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  23. Have now posted a photo of her showing the four children at her feet as well, and linking back here... so who knows, may generate a few more visits here...

    I really love these two shots, you did a great job playing with the focus...

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  24. Magnifique!
    J'ai une préférence pour la première!
    Merci pour le partage, James;o)

    ***
    À bientôt****

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  25. J'aime beaucoup le cadrage et le traitement de ce N&B, félicitations!!!!

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  26. Great images and a fantastic contribution to WiBW, very well done !!!

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  27. Hi,

    I am discovering your blog and as I am going through your work, I am enjoying your interpretations of each place that you've been too. Your vision gives me a peaceful look on our world.

    Thank you for sharing this with us. I shall visit your blog again. Bye for now.

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