Panorama of Luza Square in Dubrovnik, Croatia

The earthquake left the people of Dubrovnik shattered.

Panorama of Luza Square and Sponza Palace in Dubrovnik, Croatia
July 2014, panorama from 4 vertical images, additional exposures for highlights, focal length 16mm, aperture f/11, shutter speed 6 seconds, ISO 100, tripod.

The last two hundred and fifty years of Renaissance in the city re-made the city with all the new buildings and art added to the enchanting city, but now in 1667, all of the signs of progress from the Renaissance were wiped away in an instant. The Earth had literally shaken human progress off her back.

Edgar walked across the ruin of the city. This is the place where he apprenticed as an artist since he was a boy. He’d sketched so many part of the city in the open Dubrovnik air. The only thing remaining of these lost monuments was the artwork depicting the city, presuming any of those pieces survived the devastation.

As I photograph Dubrovnik hundreds of years later, it is hard to imagine the ruin left by the earthquake of 1667. Before dawn at 5 AM, the city seems immaculate with its empty streets and polished white cobblestones.

In this photograph I capture Luza Square, Sponza Palace, Saint Blaise Church and the Orlando Column, all architecture that somehow survive the earthquake. I used the water ditch as the main foreground element. This created an interesting composition where water ditch leads to the clock tower. The lack of people in the abandoned streets of Dubrovnik made this shot easy to capture.

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