Posts Tagged ‘history

13
Jul
11

194/2011 pinella is back!

194/2011 pinella is back!, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This riverside bar and restaurant used to be my regular hang-out when I was a university student. Countless spring and summer nights were spent on this terrace, over a bottle of wine, talking about making this world a better place.

I was really sad, when at the beginning of the new millennium, it seemed that the whole place was doomed to decay. Luckily, a rescue operation took place, and this spring the place was reopened, in a modernized form. But the old pillars from the early 19th century are still there, whispering the voices of almost 200 years of history.

And this is what the modern new summer terrace looks like. Really nice, like a livingroom by the river!

29
Jun
11

180/2011 another lost pier

180/2011 another lost pier, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A sad sight in Hastings. Walked down to the seafront, looking forward to seeing the familiar old pier from the late 19th century. But, instead, found the burnt remains, and the whole place locked and chained up. Much the same fate as the old Brighton Pier that I photographed in December.

Heard that this one caught fire last October, and although some young boys have been questioned about it, the real cause is still unknown. How tragic that the fire occurred just after a major decision on reconstruction to restore the iconic attraction. Local residents don’t believe they will have their pier back again. What a loss of Hastings, and English seaside history!

I’m just hoping now that my favourite pier of them all will be safe!

18
Aug
10

#230 history on the wall

230/365 history on the wall, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

A picture inspired by Daily Shoot again:

Go meta and make a photo of a photo today. Don’t just be a copy machine, however. Get creative with composition.

History teachers have put photographs of all the Finnish presidents on the wall of one classroom. I doubt whether many of our students could name many of them – even I’m not quite sure about the older ones (and we are only talking about a short independent history of just under one century!) But these two I know well. Especially the one on the left. The longest serving Finnish president, Urho Kekkonen, or better known as UKK. He was the president all through my childhood and youth – for 25 years!

Back in those days, everything seemed to be slower and more permanent. What a contrast to the constant change of today! Also the president’s office has since been shortened to two six-year terms max. I like the way the fluorescent lights are reflected on the glass. It’s like shedding new light, and adding a modern touch on the stiff portraits of these long-gone heads of state.

04
Jul
10

#185 back to the middle ages

184/365 back to the middle ages, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This weekend we had the 15th annual medieval market event in the old cobblestone square of our town. This 4-day event attempts at making history alive, with over a hundred actors and musicians mingling amonst the visitors. It’s as though you have entered a medieval town and got caught in the middle of all the hustle and bustle. The actors interact with the public, sometimes creating quite absurd conversations as they approach everything from the medieval point of view. Naturally, there are also the vendors of food, arts and crafts, all carefully chosen by a jury to suit the atmosphere and ideology of the event.

It is a fun place to visit, especially for families, as there are dozens of activities and games that children can participate in, to get a hands-on feel about local history. And best of all, entrance is free! I wish I could have visited as a youngster, as I used to find history books and lessons at school too boring, and only got the idea of the importance and fascination of historical understanding later in life.

Here is a set of photos I took.

12
Feb
10

#43 my historical town

043/365 my historical town, originally uploaded by rosipaw.

This is a cherished view of my town, with the meandering river Aura – now frozen and still – and the almost 800-year-old Cathedral in the background. Apart from seasonal change, this scene has remained more or less unaltered for as long as I remember. The tower of the Cathedral is like a beacon guiding us, busy people of today.

As so often before, I stopped at this spot on the bridge to admire this ageless beauty. Today, the long shadows were like whispers from the past centuries.