Saturday, April 08, 2006

Freedom of Press

Since I post photos for this photo blog, I noticed that I started to pay more attention to my surroundings, always looking out for interesting things to share with all of you.

That's how I spotted this guy - he stands on top of a publishing house, the "Wiesbadener Kurier" (a local newspaper), holding this big book over his head, supposedly reminding us of the freedom of the press.

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21 Comments:

At 10:35 AM, Blogger Lisi said...

Nicola, that's an interesting statue and your interpretation too!

 
At 10:36 AM, Blogger Marieta said...

a Nice building - I agree, Blogging is a fun way of discovering things you never would have noticed before!

 
At 11:21 AM, Anonymous MrC said...

agreed Nicola ... i've always enjoyed taking photos, but since posting them on the web, & visiting so many other photo sites, i view my surroundings totally differently. - i've always thought i had an eye for a good view, etc, but now i'm looking at strange things & everyday objects all the time, trying to see if there's an interesting picture to be taken!!
;)
(nice picture by the way!!)

 
At 1:35 PM, Blogger Kris said...

I'm feeling the same, my eyes are always alert for new interesting things :) .. Nice shot !!

 
At 2:53 PM, Anonymous tony said...

The architecture in Europe is so much more beautiful than it is here in the U.S. Our buildings don't have the personality. Well, some of them do but not like Europe. I too, since finding your blog, have been looking through all of my digital photos to see if I can find something postable, but, I keep saying "nahh, nobody will like that one."

As for the picture you posted today, I hope that guy on the statute isn't holding a cartoon of Muhammed, or you folks could be in some trouble!

 
At 4:36 PM, Anonymous lagatta à Montréal said...

Wonderful detail! Actually, we have many buildings of that vintage in Montréal - it is from the late 19th century, I believe, or the early 20th but in an old style - certainly no older.

Wondering when the statue was erected and if it was dismantled during the NS-Regime (Nazis) when, to put it mildly, there was no freedom of the press or of any other kind? Or perhaps they didn't even think that statue was a threat.

There was no state censorship of the cartoons of Muhammad in Denmark - the reactions were by Muslim protestors, not the state. Very different matter, at least in Western Europe.

Nicola, indeed, you are developing a keen eye for detail, and interest in the history and culture of your area. When I was studying in Italy, I sketched and painted a lot - it is amazing how interesting mundane details can get! Thanks for sharing these photos with us.

 
At 5:30 PM, Blogger Maya said...

I like this photo and what it represents...

It's great that this Daily Photo Blog has 'made' you pay more attention to details of your surroundings :-) You have good eyes for sure, openess, and huge sense of curiosity which is wonderful. It is who you are :-)

 
At 6:38 PM, Blogger Edwin Sumun said...

he's either reminding us of the freedom of the press or some unsuspecting passer-by is going to get a book thrown on his head :)

 
At 7:06 PM, Anonymous The Saint said...

Wow. I`m passing this building everyday walking to my car, I never have mentioned this guy. Must have a look next time.

Kind regards,
The Saint

 
At 7:20 PM, Blogger grainofsand said...

"Freedom of press" interesting picture !

 
At 11:52 PM, Anonymous pixibition said...

i like the statue on the top...never see it before...great find shot wt a nice architecture and beautiful blue sky:-)

 
At 12:59 AM, Blogger Jill said...

Yes, the more you shoot photos, the more subjects you see... especially with a macro lens. Very nice.

 
At 2:23 AM, Blogger Wolf said...

That building is really amazing! Wonderful details and colors!

 
At 3:40 AM, Blogger Dia said...

Very nice architecture, hehe he is gazing the wonderful blue sky :)

 
At 3:45 AM, Anonymous Gudrun said...

I used to walk by there and never noticed the details on that building. Thanks for opening my eyes!

 
At 10:38 AM, Blogger Sam said...

Great building - love the red stone. That statue is pretty cool too!

 
At 8:37 PM, Blogger Denton said...

Nicola, you are right on with your comment.

 
At 11:26 AM, Blogger dutchie said...

Absolutely agree Nicola, i have been living in Rotterdam practically my whole life but i am discovering whole new areas and new details in known ones!
Beautiful building too!

 
At 2:26 PM, Blogger Nicola said...

Thank you all for your comments - it's always great reading them!!

lagatta - I don't know what happened with it during the NS regime, I'll have to see if I can find out...

 
At 6:05 PM, Blogger Fraser said...

What a marvellous picture and symbol. A really interesting shot. Like you say, taking pictures encourages the phtotographer to be more observant of the environs. Hopefully the man holding the book so high is not about to throw it down on the masses below! . . .

 
At 10:21 PM, Blogger jenni said...

that is one of the things I love so much about the daily photo blogging.. it is incentive to keep our eyes open and to share!

great picture, and I love the one with all the rooftops!

 

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