Thinking Inside the Box: Dueling Dragons

Thinking Inside the Box is an occasional series in which I talk about the making of my images.

 

At Villa Borghese in Rome, I encountered a pair of stone dragons guarding the garden entrance.

The dragons were peacefully standing at attention, a mirror image of one another.

A few degrees rotation of the lens changed all that:  A fierce duel was created, with the dragon on the left emerging as the dominant warrior.

A few degrees can make stone breathe fire.

 

This image was awarded a Top 20 commendation in the American Institute of Architects Miami Chapter’s photography competition in 2005.

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