Panoramas

A panorama is defined as a wide, unbroken view – usually of a landscape.

Here are two panoramas of Mycenae – the Bronze Age stronghold of Agamemnon, who went off to fight at Troy.  The site seems chosen to overawe as it’s approached – flanked by two high hills like great wings.

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It’s a strategic location, too.   The citadel at Mycenae commands a view over the plain, looking right down to the sea at the Gulf of Argos.  From here the Mycenaeans would have been able to control (and tax) all traffic and trade into the Peloponnese up towards Corinth.

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So you can see I do landscapes, but I use the same techniques to do very wide-angle photographs of interiors, too.

Gladrags web

Sometimes it’s just about getting a wider view than normal (you’ve seen some of those on this site already), but sometimes it allows me to show details right across a location. Gladrags hire theatrical costumes, and with a panoramic shot I was able to show the extent of their stock and storage area.

I was able to do the same thing for Kate’s dance studio – though the wall mirrors helped a lot with the sense of space.

Kate Studio web

Sea views are obvious candidates for this technique.   Here’s the front at Brighton, complete with our recently restored Victorian bandstand.

Bandstand web

My brother runs a museum in Swansea, and so I did a very wide view of the whole sweep of Swansea Bay.  This one’s over twelve feet wide when printed for a wall.

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Ravensbourne web

The images don’t have to be horizontal, of course.  You’ll have seen the vertical shot of the Lloyd’s Register atrium on the ‘Commercial’ page – this is the entrance atrium of Ravensbourne College of Art.

And while we’re talking about landscapes, here’s one with an aircraft in the foreground. (it’s a sneaky way of letting me put in one of my air-to-air shots . . .)

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Finally, here’s a panoramic shot of the Chattri Memorial, on the Downs above Brighton.  It was the Hindu cremation site of Indian soldiers from the First World War, who had been evacuated to a wartime hospital in the Brighton Royal Pavilion, and had subsequently died of their wounds.     I photographed it in the Spring, but the November poppy wreaths were still vivid after weeks under snow.   This year the photo is being used in ‘We Were There Too’, an exhibition commemorating the contribution of Indian troops to the forces of the British Empire in the Great War.

Chattri Memorial

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