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Bratislava - The Courtyard

By AlanBW
Another very different image from me, but this is so unusual that I was keen to post it on EPZ and add it to my portfolio. It might not attract much interest due to the curious nature of the image, but I like it so here it is.

Although we only spent a few hours exploring the very impressive old quarter of Bratislava, we enjoyed it very much indeed. This part of Slovakia’s capital city is full of wonderful architecture and includes churches, embassies and consulates, museums, shops, inns and hotels, all of which are ornate and eye-catching in design. Streets lead from the main square and off these streets are numerous alleyways leading to some really fascinating and beautiful courtyards.

The picture above is of just such a courtyard and as soon as I caught a glimpse of it, the possibilities of an interesting image were clear. I was struck not only by the contrasts of colour, but also the geometric contradictions between the circles on the ground; the rectangles and arches of the windows, doorways and openings; the corner of the courtyard; plus the patterns and angles of the balcony railings. To my eye this was a fascinating abstract / architectural image comprising many interesting and differing components. It will be interesting to know what you all think.

Tags: General Abstract Architecture Patterns Slovakia Bratislava Courtyard Landscape and travel

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franken Plus
18 5.2k 4 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 9:41AM
Interesting composition that works well.

DP_Imagery 16 24 6 Wales
24 Apr 2007 10:13AM
Beautifully composed. Bruce
Bluke 16 303 1 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 10:23AM
good intresting shot..
24 Apr 2007 10:51AM
Love the geometry of this Alan, well done seeing this, Adrian
TelStar 16 116 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 11:34AM
It's a very interesting composition with a slightly surreal feel. I like it.

Barbaraj 14 450 England
24 Apr 2007 11:59AM
It is patterns within patterns, which makes it interesting and the angle from which you took the photo. Thankyou.
DolphinLady 15 54 1 Wales
24 Apr 2007 12:11PM
Very intriguing image.
Love those circles.
I wouldn't be able to sit there though, I'd have to keep walking round & round & round.
Great shot.
A Booth 18 11 4 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 1:56PM
a fascinating record of the different designs and stonework - excellent.
canongirl08 15 18 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 2:04PM
Interesting capture Alan,made me abit dizzy lol
KarenFB Plus
15 5.6k 182 England
24 Apr 2007 2:19PM
An eye catching shot, all the different shapes really do hold your attention. Well spotted and caught.
jaktis Plus
17 84 Sweden
24 Apr 2007 2:46PM
Great patterns here and a nice different bench also

24 Apr 2007 2:53PM
The contrasting shapes work really well. It would be interesting to look down on it from a helicopter!
jason3000 14 32 England
24 Apr 2007 2:59PM
interesting shapes - lots going on - almost too busy but I like it
Gaz_H 14 150 1 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 3:08PM
Patterns work really well in this shot Alan
tull 17 181 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 3:19PM
Cracking patterns Alan well composed.

Alfoto 14 Wales
24 Apr 2007 5:18PM
Love the great patterns Alan - Well spotted.
GeorgeRusky 15 1 4
24 Apr 2007 6:01PM
Interesting shot and super narrative!
I've been receiving a newsletter from one American organisation for a long time where they teach how to earn money by writing articles about travelling and sell them along with the pictures.(my crazy dream:-( )
I have no language for this and not that much fond of travelling
But wit you it's all very much different!
Are you interested?

A bow to the Lady.
Gorro 14 9 England
24 Apr 2007 6:15PM
Not to be negotiated on the way home from the local bar. Well seen and composed.
trissie 14 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 6:18PM
A superb composition with interesting patterns and circles.
Well spotted Alan.

Trish x
foggytwo 17 36 1 Scotland
24 Apr 2007 6:59PM
I like the idea of circles and angles mixing together like this and it works well as the eye is drawn into the corner of the walls.A very interesting image.
Jasbe 15 116 England
24 Apr 2007 7:12PM
mesmorising lines in the middle alan, top shot, well spotted.
bliba Plus
15 2 Austria
24 Apr 2007 7:43PM
interesting composition....a welltaken image..thanks for the description
bunbeam 15 2 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 7:47PM
strange... made my eyes spin lol.. brilliant shot
24 Apr 2007 9:08PM
Well seen and captured Alan - ;love the contrast between the geometric patten and the contrasting building shapes

KingBee Plus
14 548 2 Scotland
24 Apr 2007 9:22PM
As always, you give us plenty of food for thought. The juxtaposition of old with new, the light, the shadows, all speak volumes. Very well spotted.

DaisyD50 14 3
24 Apr 2007 9:34PM
Wonderful lines. I like the low angel.
Thanks for your comment.
forestrich 14 2 United Kingdom
24 Apr 2007 9:34PM
This works so well with the contasting shapes through the image. Well spotted and captured.

cats_123 Plus
17 5.0k 30 Northern Ireland
24 Apr 2007 9:52PM
eastern europe is a fascinating place, full of unusual art

well captured

24 Apr 2007 9:56PM
Alan, fantastic, must be quick, a 30 opportunity - powerful excellent image, geometry wonderful! RC - great!

moni 14
24 Apr 2007 10:44PM
beautiful shapes and angles, great shot and wonderfully composed!
Pegon 15 78 1 England
24 Apr 2007 11:03PM
Superbly shot Alan, excellent composition.
25 Apr 2007 3:00AM
love the patterns and the composition...amazing quality!
cat_mc 14 17 Australia
25 Apr 2007 3:06AM
ohh i like the circles
your shapes are great
hebdens 15 5
25 Apr 2007 8:00AM
great lines and curves, like the composition.
PatriciaWilson 17 617 58 Greece
25 Apr 2007 12:03PM
Lines, curves and subtle tones make the image. Being a nosey parker I'd have liked to have seen the shadows lifted a bit...just curious to see what's through that arch,LOL!
Joline Plus
14 34 59 United States
25 Apr 2007 12:24PM
Wonderful geometric study. I can see why you were attracted to it. Well taken.
helena 17 134 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2007 1:19PM
Lovely composition Alan, I like the way you are drawn into the centre, nice work Tara x
PLCimagery 14 77 1 England
25 Apr 2007 1:52PM
Looks good!
pamelajean Plus
15 1.5k 2213 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2007 2:02PM
Great eyecatching shapes and colours.
bricurtis Plus
15 2.4k 51 England
25 Apr 2007 3:45PM
A superb image of architectural contrast Alan.Well spotted and good exposure on this.
GlynnisFrith 14 23 3 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2007 4:08PM
Love the circular shape of this & it's well composed
Phoebecat 15 1 Italy
25 Apr 2007 5:37PM
Very interesting shot - like the contrast between the angular lines and the circles in the centre

ginz04 17 281 20 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2007 6:27PM
it is an unusual image with lots of interest
RockArea 14 18 3 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2007 8:16PM
A fascinating courtyard, Alan and it makes a very interesting picture!

mollye 14 3 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2007 8:49PM
This is different....
Very eye catching it certainly holds your attension great shapes/lines a wonderful composition
Possum 14 148 England
25 Apr 2007 9:19PM
For all the reasons you quoted, I like this very much. You have a very good eye for what makes an image interesting.
gingerdelight 14 298 11 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2007 10:19PM
Excellent! I like the way the eye is drawn into the centre of the shot.
x Carol x
Blenkinsopp 15 320 4 England
25 Apr 2007 10:30PM
love the powerful lines and shapes
Carl40 15 18 United Kingdom
25 Apr 2007 11:02PM
Nice composition Alan Works well

KingArthur 14 8 Malta
26 Apr 2007 1:27AM
Composition works well Alan, nice shot.

glazzaro 16 70 23 United States
26 Apr 2007 1:42AM
Well taken, love the angle, Spot on! Click!!!

Callanan 15 7 Ireland
26 Apr 2007 7:42AM
Great shot. Interesting chapes & contrasts.
Paul_cats 15 61 22 Scotland
26 Apr 2007 8:39AM
Superbly taken Alan. A great aspect and I love those circles in the fg.
daffydill56 17 190 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2007 9:04AM
Lovely work Alan, I could go dizzy looking at those circles for too long Smile. Splendid work as always.

dianah 14 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2007 3:46PM
This is a fantastic composition Alan..I agree great angle and wonderful shapes.
myrab 14 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2007 4:32PM
Good shot Alan,
The shapes are just wonderful.
26 Apr 2007 6:23PM
interesting lines and color...well done...

26 Apr 2007 6:55PM
I like the feeling of Stillness in the top half of the pic', against the feel of movement in the bottom half. A really well taken shot Al', nice one.

John (-:
Slaterm 14 496 1 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2007 7:19PM
not sure how I missed this on the gallery - like the comp - good travel shot
26 Apr 2007 8:37PM
very nice . I love the design of the courtyard area and the railing really compliments.a nice angle to this. very pleasing.
daringdaphne 17 82 United Kingdom
26 Apr 2007 9:21PM
Architecturally Alan the building is simple almost Quaker, it's when you come down to the lower levels the dazzle sets in, the eye is spun round in many circles, and then finds itself climbing up the arches and back up the structure. It is amazing with all these shapes.

Well-spotted and a very interesting write up.

banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4229 Canada
27 Apr 2007 3:12AM
Unusual and nice.

chrissd 15 304 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2007 4:57AM
fantastic capture Alan, lovely work
Mavis 19 143 2 England
27 Apr 2007 7:36AM
Well caught patterns and shapes Alan . No , not much interest at all LOL I'm no. 72 xx
KBan 16 512 4 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2007 7:56AM
all been said Alan
una 17 10 United Kingdom
27 Apr 2007 6:04PM
Interesting shot, works well.
thorn 16 124 2 Scotland
27 Apr 2007 6:22PM
Hi Alan,
Love the angles,the arches and i'm a nosey parker too,i'd love to see in through those arches.Class work.Take care.AnnSmile
kinfatric 16 550 9 Scotland
28 Apr 2007 11:15AM
I could see right away why you took the shot which is reinforced well by your description
28 Apr 2007 1:56PM
Very eye catching shot Alan, you certainly have an eye for the unusual and the contrast between the ground and the windows are so different it's really a great shot.
davidbailie 17 457 7 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2007 6:52PM
Like it - especially the whole graphic feel - P Fenn's point might be valid, but personally like the semi harshness

Guillaume 14 119 2 United Kingdom
30 Apr 2007 8:13AM
Alan, my head is spinning just looking at this picture Smile Nice capture.
Richard707 14 14 United States
30 Apr 2007 7:20PM
Nice angle! The sharp angles of the building is a nice contrast to the curves of the circles. Cool!
KevinMW 14 14 Wales
6 May 2007 7:57PM
Great graphical image. I love the way the circular lines conteract with the straight lines of the building, with the Archways linking the curves.

MickS 16 23 14 England
7 May 2007 10:22PM
Watcha Alan,
well seen and taken, lovely juxtaposition of square edges and curves.
Could you not get one from the balcony looking down or were you not allowed up there?
Boagman65 14 2 1 Scotland
10 May 2007 2:16PM
I love this shot as an abstract it work very well . Interesting contrasts and a good overall composition.

Yogendra 17 22 1 United Kingdom
11 May 2007 6:04PM
A great view of this courtyard with wonderful lines & curves, Superb.

Rogerex 14 32 12 Australia
12 May 2007 11:54AM
A wonderful array of patterns - I love it!
anthhope 15 1 England
12 May 2007 8:56PM
Alan, great light, tones, colours and comp.
elcid 16 150 England
16 May 2007 8:56PM
Nice one Alan, all sorts going on here. Dont think I would like to see it when I have had a few though.

20 May 2007 5:39PM
Great shot. Like the tension between the staight lines of the railing and building and the rather hypnotic effect of the circles.

Den Smile
22 May 2007 7:12PM
Exellent shot Alan well spotted.

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