5 Day B&W Challenge ~ #1 The Colosseum

Isadora Art and Photography has tagged me to take part in the ‘5 Day B&W Challenge’, which requires that I post one B&W photo a day for 5 consecutive days.

I’m very much a colour person, and also not really into editing photos, but here goes. I’ve decided to convert some of my Italy pics, and the first one is a view looking down on ‘The Colosseum’, Rome’s most famous monument. This edifice, completed in 80 AD, was originally named, ‘ Flavio’s Amphitheatre’, and took three years to build, using the labour of 40,000 slaves. There are four storeys above ground, the lowest tier being reserved for the VIP’s, and the upper seating for the ‘lower class’ citizens, including women. Below ground were cages containing wild animals, which were hoisted up to allow tigers, lions, crocodiles etc., into the central arena. There was a wooden floor over the top of the cages, where fights to the death between animals and gladiators were witnessed by as many as 55,000 bloodthirsty spectators. Such sports were hugely popular in those days, but I think I’d far prefer to watch tennis, or even football. How about you?


There are just two rules for this challenge:

1. On 5 consecutive days, create a post using either a past or recent photo in B&W.
2. Each day invite another blog friend to join in the fun.

I’m not sure who has already been nominated for this challenge, and of course it’s entirely voluntary, so I’m asking Boeta ofΒ  ‘Our Rumbling Ocean’ blog, if he would like to take part. Boeta lives on the east coast of South Africa, and posts some really amazing wild life and flora images.


73 comments on “5 Day B&W Challenge ~ #1 The Colosseum

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  2. your photo has reminded me of an old joke… a redneck guy comes bac from a Roman trip and his friends ask him:
    – have you enjoyed the eternal city(Rome’s nickname)?…
    – well, not really, all the ruins were quite damaged… πŸ™‚

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  6. This picture looks awesome in black and white! I just love how all the details The Colosseum stand out. As for watching sports there, I think I am very content lounging in my lazy boy watching sports – however, tennis would not be my first choice. πŸ˜‰

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  8. Right now ice-hockey is my sport. My girls are my favorite athletes. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚
    Soon – I will be rooting for them in lacrosse as hockey season ends & lax season takes over.

  9. I agree with you, if you by football have in mind what the rest of the world outside of the US understand as football. :-). The is something awesome about the Colosseum, thought, and you captured this grandeur beautifully in the B&W photo.

  10. That is a grand picture in B&W! Somehow colosseum feels more true to its time without color. I remember walking around down there where both the animals and the gladiators were held and feeling the atmosphere of those cruel games in my bones…

  11. Definitely those wouldn’t be the sports for me, and I wouldn’t like being either a slave or a “lower class citizen.” I don’t think I’d want to be on stage, either. I’d probably be at home writing on my clay tablet. πŸ™‚

  12. The more I look at the collesium(sic) the more I’m looking lopsided at the walls and structure, dang those gladiators didn’t exactly have room to escape to did they?

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