Healing Power of the Gods by Damienne Bingham

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Sacred Spring of the Roman Baths.
Bath, England. 2007.

Canon EOS 400D
Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM
f/8, 1/100s, ISO 800
RAW. BW conversion in PS.

At the very heart of the Roman Baths is the Sacred Spring. Hot water at a temperature of 46°C rises here at the rate of 1,170,000 litres (240,000 gallons) every day and has been doing this for thousands of years.

In the past this natural phenomenon was beyond human understanding and it was believed to be the work of the ancient gods. In Roman times a great Temple was built next to the Spring dedicated to the goddess Sulis Minerva, a deity with healing powers.

The mineral rich water from the Sacred Spring supplied a magnificent bath-house which attracted visitors from across the Roman Empire.

Roman engineers surrounded the hot Spring with an irregular stone chamber lined with lead. To provide a stable foundation for this they drove oak piles into the mud. At first this reservoir formed an open pool in a corner of the Temple courtyard but in the second century AD it was enclosed within a barrel vaulted building and columns and statue bases were placed in the Spring itself. Enclosing the Spring in a dimly lit building in this way and erecting statues and columns within it must have enhanced the aura of mystery that surrounded it. Offerings were thrown into the Spring throughout the Roman period.

Eventually the vaulted building collapsed into the Sacred Spring itself. We do not know when this was, but it is likely to have been in the sixth or seventh century. The oak piles sunk into the mud two thousand years ago continue to provide a stable foundation for the Roman reservoir walls today.

The King’s Bath was built, using the lower walls of the Roman Spring building as foundations, in the 12th century. The bath provided niches for bathers to sit in, immersed up to their necks in water. On the south side of the bath is a seat known as the Master of the Baths chair, that was donated in the 17th century.

Although modified and encroached upon by the building of the Grand Pump Room in the 18th century and subsequent 19th century developments the King’s Bath continued in use for curative bathing until the middle of the 20th century. The bath is overlooked by a statue of King Bladud, the mythical discoverer of the hot waters and founder of the City of Bath.
(care of the RomanBaths website)

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  • saseoche
    saseocheabout 3 years ago

    Excellent work i love it!

  • Thank you very much!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Linda Bianic
    Linda Bianicabout 3 years ago

    I love the feeling this implies Damienne,, as well as the others,,, fabulous choice of bw,, slight grittiness,,, ancient and timeless!! well done!!!!

  • Thanks so much Linda, I’m glad you enjoyed them! These didn’t work at all in colour but I think the b&w really evokes that sense of history. Thanks for taking the time to leave such a thoughtful comment – it’s appreciated!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Ell-on-Wheels
    Ell-on-Wheelsabout 3 years ago

    Nice and ‘grotty’ Damienne, fabulous reflections to boot!! :o)))

  • haha I haven’t heard anyone say grotty in so long….You’re right though, very “grunge” or whatever the new genre is called – not my forte but this place certainly lends itself to that style of photography.

    So glad you enjoyed this, thanks for taking the time!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Leon Ritchie
    Leon Ritchieabout 3 years ago

    Love this! The reflection is brilliant.

  • Thanks Leon, glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Bob Culshaw
    Bob Culshawabout 3 years ago

    Congratulations – wonderful work!

    Please click on the banner for linkage to the Feature Page.

  • Thank you Bob, that’s wonderful! I really appreciate the support!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Michael McCasland
    Michael McCaslandabout 3 years ago

    Wonderful work, so moody and such stories can be derived from this.

  • Thank you Michael! Yes, if only the walls could talk!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Karen E Camilleri
    Karen E Camilleriabout 3 years ago

    magical image, beautifully composed!!!!

  • Thank you Kay, that’s so kind – I’m glad you like it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • james smith
    james smithabout 3 years ago

    Love that reflection!!!

  • Thank you James!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • Chuck Chisler
    Chuck Chislerabout 3 years ago

    Someday, my b&w will hopefully be as good as this. This is Awesome!

  • That’s very kind Chuck, thank you! Glad you like it!

    – Damienne Bingham

  • shutterbug261
    shutterbug261about 3 years ago

    such incredible depth and contrasts. exquisite, damienne…the entire “series”

  • Thanks so much, that’s a very kind comment. So glad you enjoyed it!

    – Damienne Bingham

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