Prayer of the Refugee



Warm yourself by the fire son, and the morning will come soon. I'll tell you stories of a better time, and a place that we once knew.

Before we packed our bags and left all this behind us in the dust, we had a place that we could call home, and a life no one could touch.


I shot this image in the ruins of Pompeii, which was definitely an experience to visit. Of course, Pompeii was the city destroyed by ash when Vesuvius erupted in 79AD, burying it for thousands of years and trapping its inhabitants in metres of rock and ash. I found the whole place rather eerie, however I think the mass tourist attraction it has been made into definitely ruins it and the fact that the remains of some of the buildings have been turned into a big restaurant seems so disrespectful in hindsight to what happened to the city and its inhabitants. I would have liked to have shot this with Vesuvius in the background to add more to it, but it was just too busy everywhere and there was barely any shade at all - my camera didn't cope well with it.

On the way out I took a few shots of how the place had been ruined, in my mind - for example, one of the aforementioned restaurant and people surrounding it dropping litter on the floor, with the remains of the city and Vesuvius in the background. John and I also encountered some tourists who were shouting about how there should be escalators to carry them around the ruins, and one woman who told her son that an old toilet had been "the throne where the King of Peru sat". At first I thought it was just my love for history that made me find some of the things people were saying to be really bad and incorrect, but no, that was beyond it by far.

I'll stop rambling now anyway and carry on catching up!



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  • Beth Parnaby 3y

    All of the darkness works so well! they look so fascinating.
    oh my word the bit about people wanting escalators. oh my gosh no.
  • Molleigh Ann 3y

    DONT HOLD ME UP NOW, I CAN STAND MY OWN GROUND. shit, i love that song. this is really beautiful. i love the ruins so much . this is perfect.
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Taken on July 5, 2012
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