Some photos of the “Megali Oikia” (Large House), a very interesting example of fourth-century Greek domestic architecture at Dystos on Evia, taken in October 2020. For more on Dystos, see this useful volume by Athina Chatzidimitriou, and specifically on the Megali Oikia, this paper by J.V. Luce.
City walls of Tarragona. Photo: TMK, December 2009. Some shots of the city walls of Tarragona, including some of the “cyclopean” bits. More below the fold. City walls of Tarragona: Masons’ marks. Photo: TMK, December 2009. City walls of Tarragona. Photo: TMK, December 2009.
Factory facade reused as waterfall in Parc del Clot, Barcelona. Photo: TMK, December 2009. My old blog (in Danish) frequently featured posts on urbanity, ruins and urban exploration, topics that I have only rarely touched on here. Yet during a recent visit to Barcelona, I was struck by notable attempts to incorporate the industrial heritage […]
The new monastic complex at Abu Mina, as seen from the ruined Northern Basilica. Photo: TMK, May 2008. In a post last month, I mentioned my emerging interest in pilgrimage, especially from as seen from the perspective of material and visual culture. This interest stems, at least in part, from visits to sites that are […]
Command Helicopters. Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, Arizona. Photo: TMK, December 2005. Tails. Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson. Photo: TMK, December 2005.
The holy mosque at Mecca with high-rise pilgrim hotels and other construction massively re-shaping the cityscape. Photo copyright Khaled Desouki. One of my future projects is to take a closer archaeological look at pilgrimage in a cross-cultural perspective. So it was fascinating to see this photo essay in the Danish newspaper Information on the Hajj […]
Although I only make a small portion of my Flickr photos publicly available and only contribute to groups when invited to do so, I have had 100,000+ views on my account (however, this is small fry when compared with, for example, museum photographer extraordinaire Hans Ollermann). So what kind of images are people searching for? […]
Continuing the series “Looking Up” begun with Baalbek back in May, I now turn to Alexandria. The series is mostly an excuse to post some photos on the blog, but the act of looking up (to ponder the monumentality of cathedrals, mosques, artworks, etc.) is in many ways an integral part of the tourist gaze […]
Street sign in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City. Photo: TMK, June 2009. Just another small but potent reminder of the political nature of everyday spaces in the Old City of Jerusalem: In the Jewish Quarter, the vast majority of streets (always labelled in Hebrew, Arabic and English) have had their Arabic names vandalised. […]
A manuscript in the Tokyo National Museum. Photo: TMK, February 2009. Tokyo National Museum is one of the best museums I’ve visited in the last couple of years. Beautifully laid out with plenty of space around the exhibited objects (preventing the clutter effect that causes that experience of information overload in certain other museums), nice […]