Having difficulty in keeping up with the daily stint and due to other work commitments am not free to wander out and about with camera. Frankly, even if I were, the bitter cold is enough to prohibit my photography excursions, as I find cold hands do not for good photos make!
I have just returned from Rome and when I saw BIG, the one thing that sprang to mind was the Colosseum, that massive elliptical shaped theatre of blood lust and killing, where in the first hundred days of the inauguration games in 81AD, it is said that over 9,000 wild animals were slaughtered. During another festival in 240 AD 2,000 gladiators, 70 lions, 40 wild horses, 30 elephants, 30 leopards, 20 wild asses, 19 giraffes, 10 antelopes, 10 hyenas, 10 tigers, 1 hippopotamus and 1 rhinoceros were slaughtered. In fact, so many wild beasts were killed in the Roman arenas that some exotic animals became virtually extinct.
Here are a few of my images of that iconic spot in Rome. Maybe I haven’t covered point of view so well, but I hope you will enjoy the perspective anyway.
N.B. It is generally accepted that the Ridley Scott film The Gladiators is a very true depiction of what the Colosseum arena looked like in those days as the research was meticulous.