August 19, 2012

gli angeli del ponte sant'angelo

il ponte sant'angelo è uno degli ponti più belli di Roma.
photo: © alexander fredés/2010

July 26, 2012

horse—an illustration

"During the whole of a dull, dark, and soundless day in the autumn of the year, 
when the clouds hung oppressively low in the heavens, I had been passing alone, 
on horseback, through a singularly dreary tract of country; 
and at length found myself, as the shades of the evening drew on, 
within view of the melancholy House of Usher. 

I know not how it was—but, with the first glimpse of the building, 
a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit. ... "

The beginning of "The Fall of the House of Usher" by Edgar Allen Poe
Illustration: Alexander Fredés/2012 

July 24, 2012

falling down

from the time when esthetics were not important,
when design were nothing to think of,
only the urgent needs of having shelter,
nothing human, only a shelter.

now, when times had passed by,
when people need not only a shelter
but, a place to live,
the house built in a hurry 
looses its motive
it has become ugly.

now, it's time to fell it down.

it becomes suddenly a ruin,
it looks as a picture taken in Berlin after the war
it looks like a fallen church, a monument that nobody wants.

the images against the dark sky
and strong brightness become like chapels
monuments of the pass.

ph; © alexander fredés/2012

June 24, 2012

la testa di San Giovani Battista

Il Battista morì a causa della sua predicazione. Egli condannò pubblicamente la condotta di Erode Antipa, che conviveva con la cognata Erodiade; il re lo fece prima imprigionare, poi, per compiacere la bella figlia di Erodiade, Salomè, che aveva ballato ad un banchetto, lo fece decapitare.

La morte per decapitazione ha fatto sì che Giovanni Battista sia divenuto famoso anche come san Giovanni decollato. La celebrazione del martirio di Giovanni Battista o celebrazione di San Giovanni Decollato è fissata al 29 agosto (probabile data del ritrovamento della reliquia della testa del Battista). Molte chiese, luoghi di culto e città sono dedicate a questo santo.

A marble sculpture by Polish artist Igor Mitoraj of the Head of St John the Baptist. The sculpture, made in 2006, is in the church of Santa Maria degli Angeli in Rome.”

photo: © alexander fredés, 2012

June 15, 2012

March 30, 2012


flying to liberty
to freedom 
pointing to high 
believing on a dream…

falling into the sea
ignoring the danger

February 12, 2012

"…and in the early morning light 
after a silent peaceful night
you took my heart away and 
I grieve in my dreams 
I can see you 
I can tell you how 
I feel in my dreams 
I can hold you 
and it feels so real… "

[lyrics: Anathema]

January 22, 2012

a foggy guess

…the fog erased the landscape
the light was just pale reflexions on the clouds, 
brightening slightly the buildings and the leafless trees. 
In a blur you could guess the tower of a church 
as ghostly arrow pointing the sky.