Category Archives: Syria

Ruins at Palmyra

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Palmyra, Syria 2010 When you are photographing ruins, columns, arches, etc. , try to use the space between the columns as a frame. You might not immediately think of this when you are confronted with a phalanx of columns forming … Continue reading

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Coppersmith in Damascus Souk

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Damascus, Syria 2010 This is the last of my coppersmiths from the Hamadiya souk. It was dark in there and this man’s workshop had the least light. But I saved it! I used my plug-ins: Exposure from Alien Skin to … Continue reading

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Palmyra Before

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Palmyra, Syria 2010 The Temple you see above is “nothing but dust on the ground” to quote an expert with UNESCO. Important ceremonies took place inside this niche. The carvings on the ceiling were pointed out to us as indicating … Continue reading

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Beehive Houses

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Syria 2010 Only a few of these lovely little houses remain where once they were plentiful. They remind me of the houses called trulli, in southern Italy.  The Italian houses are made of stone but similar design. The Italians are preserving … Continue reading

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Palmyra: Before the Terror

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Palmyra, Syria 2010 I read that ISIS has destroyed this arch as well as the famed temple of Baal.  What will it take to restore these beautiful ruins if the terror ever ends?

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Palmyra, Syria

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Palmyra, Syria 2010 Tower tombs built about 100 years before the birth of Christ. The tombs contain many graves…whole families are interred with the patriarch’s grave in a position of honor. This is the interior of a wealthy family’s tomb. It … Continue reading

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Four From Damascus

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Damascus 2010 The digital darkroom gives a photographer an unending ability to manipulate the original shot. I love to sit at my computer and see what new nuances I can tease out of my photos.  Here are some of the results. … Continue reading

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Three from Aleppo

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Aleppo, Syria 2010 Colorful downtown Aleppo as an advertisement might say. Aleppo had a charm that Damascus didn’t have. Or maybe by the time we got to Aleppo, we had become acclimatized to Syria. It was our favorite city. A … Continue reading

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Glory of the Past

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Syria 2010 The main thoroughfare of the ancient city of Apamea. Notice the huge stones with which the street is paved. Those stones were the paving material for the famed Roman roads. These priceless ruins are being vandalized under cover … Continue reading

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St. Sergius: Fifth Century Ruins

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Syria 2010 Syria is a treasure trove of ancient ruins. Most can be classified as Roman ruins but many of those were built on top of even more ancient civilizations. Here is the church of St. Sergius built in the 5th … Continue reading

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