I have visited this location several times now, both reconnoitering and guiding group students as a part of my Italian Photography Course. Below, the early morning southerly view towards Naples, some 30 miles away and just out of view. However the valley between the two peaks to the right is Vesuvius, which gives an idea of just how much mountain was actually blown away. The photos showing recently abandoned derelict Roman homes in what was probably once a Roman street supporting the theatrics, are few hundred metres below the Theatre. These illustrate how easily buildings can be hidden from view within a landscape. I climbed up and worked my way through the growth to explore and take these shots. On the way down I snagged my foot on a branch, taking a fall and injuring a leg and shoulder, but no breaks!
Those of an uncertain age may well remember Dennis (above) if not his name, but as the worlds first ‘pregnant’ man, in the the Iconic Saatchi’s poster and ad campaign from the early ’70s. It went viral, even without the internet! Google ‘Saatchi pregnant man’ to be reminded of a great campaign!
By Roland Blunk