5 Day B&W Challenge #3 ~ A Road in Pompeii

For day three of the ‘5 Day B&W Challenge’, we move on to the ill-fated city of Pompeii. On 24th August 79 AD, some 20,000 people lost their lives when Mount Vesuvius erupted, burying the city and it’s residents under twenty-seven feet of volcanic ash. In happier days, this chariot-rutted street would have once been a hive of activity, lined with stalls and jammed with customers from dawn to dusk, with Roman chariots vying with shoppers for street space. Nowadays, it’s only visitors are curious tourists like myself. I think the B&W edit imbues this image with an appropriate sense of eeriness and echoes of the distant past.


Thanks Issy of Isadora Art and Photography for asking me to take part in the 5 Day B&W Photo Challenge.

There are only 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 today I’m inviting Mary of  ‘Oil Pastels by Mary’ to join in. I’ve only recently discovered her blog, and have been bowled over by her amazing artistic talent. Do pop over and have a look at her work.

54 comments on “5 Day B&W Challenge #3 ~ A Road in Pompeii

  1. I agree with you about the sense of eeriness. What a very strange thing to have happened. One of your commenters wrote that she didn’t know why people would live near a volcano, but any mountain is potentially a volcano, I think. My mom and brother lived in Portland about 80 miles or so from Mt. St. Helens, which blew up in 1980. What a shock. We lived about 125 miles south of Portland, and we had fine silty ashes on everything. The next year was the best year my garden ever had. My dad lived in Indiana, and he said he had ashes. Who knows? He may have been imagining, but… I remember there was at least one man who refused to leave his home on the mountain when the warning came that Mt. St. Helen was going to blow.

    • Yes, a volcano erupting can have really far reaching consequences. I remember in April 2010 when Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano blew its top, many flights were cancelled in Europe. We were travelling to England that week, and made it just before the flight disruptions. About 10 million travellers were affected. Mt. St, Helens destroyed some 230 square miles, so I’m not surprised your family felt the effects. There’s a huge volcano underneath Yellowstone National Park, which is being monitored 24 hours a day. Now that would be a really huge eruption if it ever happens. 😯

  2. The edit gives this image a really stark look to it. A most atmospheric shot, Sylvia.
    I always wonder why people live so close to volcanoes, but I guess the soil is extra fertile. Probably, in Roman times, people sought to appease the gods with gifts, hoping that this would prevent them losing their temper and raining fire down upon their towns and cities.

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