Walls in Ancient Places

There is much to be revealed in the shadows of life. In particular, there is much to uncover in the shaded part of a place: the slightest trace of something - a shape or form, colour and texture and more broadly speaking, history. Prior to my travels to Malta, Sicily and the SW Coast of England in 2014, I received invaluable instruction from professional photographer Nir Baraket (now deceased) about the technique of exposing into the shaded parts of an image using my Canon EFS 18-200mm lens. My aim was to get a more interior and broader look at the walls to show their old age, the material from which they were built, their multiple layers, their beauty and at times their degeneration. In these images, notice the yellowish colour of the wall of the Mnajdra Temple, a result of a kind of limestone used in the megalithic buildings, as well as its degenerative nature indicating its old age. The mortar-bound brick wall of the Greek Amphitheatre built in the Hellenistic period provides evidence of the contribution of Roman architecture. The pink marble characteristic of Taormina, used in the reconstruction of the Chiesa S. Michele Arcangelo, is reminiscent of the Chiesa’s original construction and its old age. Without exposing into the shadows of these scenes these finer elements of the walls might have been missed.

Wall Chiesa S. Michele Arcangelo, 12th C, Taormina, Sicily


Wall Greek Amphitheatre, Hellinistic time, 323 BCE, Taormina, Malta

Wall inside Chapel, 13th C, SW Cornwall


Wall Mnajdra Temple, 3,500 BCE, Heritage Malta


Wall, Jewish Quarter, 14th C, Ortygia, Sicily

Wall Temple of Hagar Qim, 3,500 BCE, Heritage Malta


Wall Valley of the Temples, 5th C BCE, Agrigento, Sicily