All that remains by chasingsooz

For the longest time I dreamed of a wild adventure in Italy. In April 2008 that dream became an extraordinary reality.

Our visit to the forgotten city of Pompeii remains a highlight of our trip. The images and stories from this archaeological site will remain with me for the rest of my life.

On August 24 in the year 79 A.D. the volcano Vesuvius exploded, taking the town by surprise. In just two hours the entire city of Pompeii was completely buried under a deadly shroud of ashes six meters deep.

The tragic deaths of the Pompeians has been immortalised by the casts that were created by filling the body space that was left by decomposed remains.

All that remains is a humbling photograph, taken inside the Forum Olitorium, an outside area where they now store a wide variety of archaeological materials. As I peered through the iron gates, I felt saddened to see this person stored amongst the relics with the same disregard as a pair of old shoes. After all, this was once a living person who had a rich and diverse life and now, this is all that remains.

© chasingsooz 2008

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  • Virginia McGowan
    Virginia McGowanalmost 7 years ago

    not very dignified ! thanks for showing sooz.

  • Daniel J. McCauley IV
    Daniel J. McCa...over 6 years ago

    Amazing photo!! Can’t believe I’m only the second to comment. Historical, poignant, interesting and as you say, humbling! What I wouldn’t do to get a chance to visit. Soooo well captured!!

  • mowphoto
    mowphotoalmost 6 years ago

    I voted for you in the last things, very striking image, I thik it would be amazing in BW too. Did you put this in the images/writing 2 a day. I think people would love to read the story, I think it’s very sad to, thanks for writing what you did about it:_

  • Thank you Molly for your thoughtfulness. Even though this image moves me deeply, I have often felt that it didn’t really belong on RB and that I should remove it. I have now taken your advice and joined the images/writing group. Thank you :-)

    – chasingsooz

  • Anne-Marie Bokslag
    Anne-Marie Bok...almost 6 years ago

    Great shot and history! You should put this in the Challenge too!

  • Thank you. This work has now been submitted to the challenge :-)

    – chasingsooz

  • Terri Chandler
    Terri Chandleralmost 6 years ago

    Isn’t it amazing! What a wonderful trip and experience! I totally enjoyed your story and this photo certainly serves to bring “history” to life. xo

  • Thank you so much for your kind comment.

    – chasingsooz

  • WaleskaL
    WaleskaLalmost 6 years ago

    Congratulations! On making the Top Ten in a First Things Group challenge

  • Wow thank you. What a lovely surprise.

    – chasingsooz

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelalmost 6 years ago

  • Thank you so much. I am so excited that this particular work has started to take on a life of its own. It is a year since I took the photo and I am still moved by the experience.

    – chasingsooz

  • Nanagahma
    Nanagahmaalmost 6 years ago

    This must have been a very interesting place to visit. Nice write-up about it. Congrats on your feature.

  • Pauline-W
    Pauline-Wover 3 years ago

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  • Pauline-W
    Pauline-Wover 3 years ago

    It’s a place I’d love to visit one day. Such a thought provoking image, I love it.

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