Photography-Arches and Archways

The Arch is an ancient creation, dating back to the second century. According to Wikipedia, the arch was created by the Mesopotamians and refined by the Romans, it is defined as a curved masonry construction for spanning an opening, consisting of a number of wedge like stones, bricks, or the like, set with then narrower side toward the opening in such a way that forces on the arch are transmitted as vertical or oblique stresses on either side of the opening. Or simply put, the best way to hold things up.

Carriage Trail Acadia National Park. Maine USA

Back home in Maine, I walked through this archway many times, which leads to Eagle Lake in Arcadia National Park. I always thought of myself as walking under a bridge or under a roadway. Just walking "under the overpass". It was not until I began photographing in Europe that the Arch  captured my attention. The Arch can be the perfect photographic frame.

This modern row of arches below is located at the Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Hotel in Warsaw Poland. Having a wake up morning coffee and reading a newspaper outdoors, under an arch is a relaxing way to start the day. The repeating shadows on the ceiling had a calming effect. We did this each morning of our stay, like the gentleman seated below.

Mamaison Hotel Le Regina Hotel

A walk along the waterfront in the Polish port city of Gdanst brings you to this arched portal through which only a small portion of a restored city, completely destroyed by WWII bombing attacks, is visible.

Gdanst, Poland

The Estonian city of Tallinn has many arched passageways framing your entrance to the main square.

Tallinn, Estonia

This archway also in Tallinn, with the sunlight partially block , provided some I the best shadows I encountered on the trip. My favorite is the shadow of the coffee sign projected on the side wall of the entrance.

Tallinn, Estonia

This is an archway I found walking in the city of Prague, Czech Republic. more gritty than other arches but even in daylight it held an eerie feeling. Notice the figure of the person at the end. Afterwards I wondered, did I actually see him there when I snapped the shutter?

Prague, Czech Republic

This archway beckons you into the medieval walks of the Royal Palace grounds Warsaw, Poland. One Archway leads to another. Warsaw is another city that was restored to its pre-war condition after being totally destroyed during WWII.

Royal Palace Warsaw, Poland

Barcelona Spain's Medieval Section has many archways connecting its narrow, cobblestone streets.

In Krakow, Poland the Main Market Square's Cloth Market is an architectural (arch) lovers dream.

The beautiful arched, glass covered passage ways of Paris, France.

Passage du Bourq l'Abbe Paris, France

Passage do Grand Cerf Paris, France

An arch can even lure you down the garden path in a small English village.

North Cornwall, England

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1 Comment

  1. Donna Valenti on July 22, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Your arch series has jolted my brain and got me thinking about my next project. It just pulls you in, and under, and through…you get the picture…
    Thanks for the inspiration.

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