Lomochromatic Madrid

Continuing with the distinctly Lomochromatic feel…

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Parque del Oeste & Templo de Debod, Madrid

An Ancient Egyptian temple is not the sort of thing you expect to find in a European city, but Madrid isn’t your average city. Unlike the “showpiece” archaeological remains from the Ancient Near East found in most European capitals, the Templo de Debod is not the result of late 19th century imperial hubris, but a rather more recent/ancient addition to the cityscape. In 1968, as a token of gratitute for Spain’s assistance in the UNESCO mission to relocate ancient monuments doomed by Lake Nasser, the Egyptian government gave the entire Debod Temple to Spain. The temple now stands amidst – somewhat ironically – a man made lake in Parque del Oeste.

The temple is often assumed by the public to have been built by the Egyptians or later Ptolemaic rulers. Interestingly, however, it was  started by a Meroetic king, Adikhalamani, in the 2nd century BCE. The Meroetic kingdom was based in southern Nubia, an area which had previously been under Egyptian imperial rule, with the local population having been almost completely “Egyptianised” in the New Kingdom era. So strong was the cultural imposition, that it was maintained for over a thousand years. The structure we see today has later Ptolemaic additions to the original, more modest, structure, though it was still never completed (the structure would eventually have been completely carved with inscriptions and images, and fully painted).

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Plaza de Espana, Madrid

One of the main squares in the capital city, it is not, as is often believed Kilometre Zero – that’s at Puerta del Sol, which isn’t so far away. The monument that dominates the centre is dedicated to one of the Spain’s greatest literary figures, Miguel de Cervantes, flanked by bronzes of his most famous characters, Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. It’s interesting that in the centre of a plaza dedicated to national identity, literary figures rather than military heroes dominate – a contrast with London’s Trafalgar Square, named after a naval battle between Spain, France and Britain, and of course featuring on it’s main monument none other than Admiral Nelson, who led the British fleet into said battle.

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Here comes the science bit…

Camera: Chinon CE-4

Lens: Pentacon MC 3.5-4.5 / 35-70 and Prinzflex autoreflex 28mm f2.8

Film: Lomochrome Purple

Dev: Tetenal C-41 negative 2 bath kit (3.5min@38c dev / 4.0min blix / 1.0min stab)

 

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