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Picking up my breath
Without stopping for a rest,
Thinking “I’m going to be late!”
As I picked up my pace.

Initially from the map
It looked like a short path,
But boy was I wrong
This route proved to be long.

What a price it was to pay,
So many fences in the way.
So much for a tourist map,
The information was crap. :(

A big site with only one entry
Made my morning a rough journey.
I had to find the way around
Getting into the ancient ground.

I was feeling miserable
For going around in a circle.
Like the rabbit on the go
Dashing on my toes.

I should have kept running
But Wonderland was so stunning.
So I stopped to get a good look
As I pulled out my sketchbook.

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The Roman Forum (Rome, Italy). Taken during my Rome exchange on September 24, 2008 with an Olympus FE-340; enhanced and converted to sepia in Photoshop.

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Original version :

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A few may remember that I used to have a coloured version of this image in my portfolio. I took it down because I wasn’t very happy with it – even though I had edited that version too. As amazing as the view was, I had a simple camera and the day time light shining towards me didn’t really make a good shoot. But today I’ve decided to come back to this and try it out in sepia, and like this version much better.

On this day our class was to take a tour in the Roman Forum. Looking at my map, I chose the route which I thought would be the shortest; but boy was I wrong. The route I chose had a lot of fences in the way and I had to make my way around them (the maps from the tourist booths really don’t tell enough). The Roman Forum is large; and there is only one entry, so I had to go in a circle. So after realizing I took a long route I skidded in a hurry, but along the way got distracting by some amazing views of the Forum through the fences, so I occasionally stopped in between my running to take pictures going “Sh- – I’m going to be late, I’m going be late! … Oh this is nice (click); I’m going to be late, I’m going be late! … Oh pretty (click); Ah CR- – I have to get going!… Oh bella … (click)…”. At this moment I also saw the Colosseum in the distance. Comes to show how much we miss if we’re always on the go!

Some of the images I took inside the forum are also included in my Rome calendar (I may switch images around sometimes). All images in the calendar are from my exchange.

Well, despite the detour, I was still one of the earliest to arrive anyways :)

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Comments

  • Audrey Clarke
    Audrey Clarkealmost 2 years ago

  • Mui-Ling Teh
    Mui-Ling Tehalmost 2 years ago

    Picking up my breath
    Without stopping for a rest,
    Thinking “I’m going to be late!”
    As I picked up my pace.

    Initially from the map
    It looked like a short path,
    But boy was I wrong
    This route proved to be long.

    What a price it was to pay,
    So many fences in the way.
    So much for a tourist map,
    The information was crap. :(

    A big site with only one entry
    Made my morning a rough journey.
    I had to find the way around
    Getting into the ancient ground.

    I was feeling miserable
    For going around in a circle.
    Like the rabbit on the go
    Dashing on my toes.

    I should have kept running
    But Wonderland was so stunning.
    So I stopped to get a good look
    As I pulled out my sketchbook.

    August 21, 2012 © Copyright Mui-Ling Teh. All rights reserved.

  • Jonathan  Green
    Jonathan Greenalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful Image, Story & Poem : ))
    Sometimes you see the most on the unpaved road.

  • Very true; thank you very much Jonathan!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Tahnja
    Tahnjaalmost 2 years ago

    Such a beautiful image with that amazing light welcoming the viewer in….beautiful words too!

  • Hugh Fathers
    Hugh Fathersalmost 2 years ago

    Very nice!! . . .

  • Thank you Hugh!!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • cherylc1
    cherylc1almost 2 years ago

    Beautiful!!!!!

  • I remember when you commented on my previous upload; thank you always for your support my sweet friend!!!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • © Janis Zroback
    © Janis Zrobackalmost 2 years ago

    Marvellous photo MuiLing…I was there as a teen and always promised to go back…now that I’ve seen this maybe next year…

  • © Karin  Taylor
    © Karin Tayloralmost 2 years ago

    oh wonderful Mui-Ling, I do so enjoy reading your descriptions, love the image and the post processing is fabulous! I have noticed that I am much more observant since I started taking photographs in nature. I think apart from being fun, photography is fantastic therapy too :) x

  • Thank you so much Karin! I think the same happened to me when I started picking up photography. But then again, when I started picking up photography was also after I started exploring a lot of works on RB – perhaps both contributed =]

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 2 years ago

    A stunning image , I love the sepia version and the poem is excellent.xx
    You may like to add this work
    Here

  • Thanks for the invitation Irene! I just added my work there.

    – Mui-Ling Teh

  • Samohsong
    Samohsongalmost 2 years ago

    Very classic image and I enjoyed your poem and story Mui-Ling! ~Sam

  • Many thanks Sam!

    – Mui-Ling Teh

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