Weekly Photo Challenge: Contrast (Italy)

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Path above Sant’Ambrogio Torino, Italy

Contrast, at its base, is a comparison between two contrasting items in order to highlight their differences. Classic examples include the contrast between light and dark, black and white, hot and cold, up and down, big and small, tall and short, happy and sad, ancient and modern, science and religion. The simple perpendicular lines of the cross populate our world in so many ways. Here, we see two types of crosses found throughout in the world today: one representing the “old” way of thinking, ie religion and faith–and the  other representing the “new” way of thought ie modern science and technology. Yet–do they have to be at contrast with each other, or can they complement each other? As Dan Brown says, “Faith is universal ; our specific methods for understanding it are arbitrary. Some of us pray to Jesus, some us go to Mecca, some of us study subatomic particles. In the end we are all just searching for truth that which is greater than ourselves.” And on this quiet mountain path in this quiet Italian village, everything seems to come together perfectly !

 

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Kazimierz Dolny, Poland

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Góra Trzech Krzyży overlooking Kazimierz Dolny, Poland.

These three crosses stand atop a hill in the small Polish town of Kazimierz Dolny. Quietly overlooking the Vistula River, Kazimierz Dolny is a surviving medieval town (a rare sight in Poland) that has long been known as an artist’s weekend getaway. To get an amazing view of the town, river, and surrounding countryside, one can climb up the small mountain, at the top of which stands these three simple wooden crosses. Some believe the crosses were erected in response to the terrible cholera epidemic in the 1700s, though it seems this was a holy spot long before the plague, and relics have been found in the site that long pre-date the epidemic. Regardless of the origins of the crosses, the Góra Trzech Krzyży (Hill of Three Crosses in Polish), creates a gorgeous painting of the Polish countryside!