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The Astronomical Clock, Prague, Czech Republic.

These unique clocks are found all over the world and used for charting and locating positions of the sun, moon, planets and constellations.

This clock was completed in 1410 and has been active since that date. There are four statues surrounding the clock, two on either side of it. Three male figures and a skeleton, representing death, holding a bell and striking time.

The clock was almost destroyed by Nazi’s during World War II, but defiant local residents stopped it’s destruction and eventually restored it. Legend has it, as long as the clock is in good repair and functionality, the city will prosper.

This shot has been in my archives since 2008, and I had almost forgotten about it. Prague is such a magical city, walking through it is like being transported to another time, Medieval and rustic, preserved perfectly. This clock is one of the many attractions, situated near the town square.

While the clock itself looks like it once belonged to a great sorcerer of a fairy tale, it’s the little details, like this skeleton statuette, that really adds to the mood of it.

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Tried my hand at the Orton effect here, layered with a texture from – free use stock – webgodess.

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Edited 10.30pm

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Andrew is a Melbourne born, independent photographic artist who has exhibited and sold works globally.

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  • David Lamb
    David Lambover 4 years ago

    Wow, great work! The Orton effect suits this perfectly, and love the skeleton!

  • Thanks heaps mate! First go at playing with Orton for me, so that’s great to hear. I only noticed the skeleton when I started editing this one! Love him too :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenover 4 years ago

    Stunning work Andrew…..this looks awesome !!

  • Thank you so much Sean!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Vicki Ferrari
    Vicki Ferrariover 4 years ago

    Wow, Andrew, this is gorgeous!! Wonderful photography and work!! :))

  • Thanks heaps Vicki, really great to hear you like this one! :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Geoffrey Dunn
    Geoffrey Dunnover 4 years ago

    Love what you’ve done with the place :-)

  • Haha, why thank you Geoffrey :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Wolfdocter
    Wolfdocterover 4 years ago

    Brilliant!!! Wow…
    Great work.

  • Thank you so much mate!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 4 years ago


  • Thanks a lot Scott :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseover 4 years ago

    Superb effects Parmi- love this!! Necro-mancer- would love to learn more about the symbolism of the skeleton- wonderful stuff!

  • Thanks so much matey! Orton really came in handy for this one. I added in a bit of the history and explanation for you :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • Greta  McLaughlin
    Greta McLaughlinover 4 years ago

    Wow!!!!! Awesome capture and editing and you are so right about the small details!!!

  • Ah thanks so very much Greta! I’ve only managed to capture a few of the great details in this shot, but they are so intricate and unique. I could spend a lot of time in this place :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • redladyart
    redladyartover 4 years ago

    Very cool composition Andrew :))

  • Thank you so much Sharon! Hope you are well my friend :)

    – Andrew Paranavitana

  • umbra
    umbraover 4 years ago

    love this image…thanks…

  • Thank you very much Erich!

    – Andrew Paranavitana

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