Travel Theme: Multiples – The Da Vinci Code

I’m taking a circuitous route to explain, rather justify, my use of a a single photo to meet Ailsa’s, of Where’s My Backpack? fame, latest Travel Theme photo challenge: MULTIPLES.

Several months ago, Sara Rosso of WP offered up a Weekly Photo Challenge on the theme MERGE. At that time, I submitted several “darkroom” adjusted photos, taking mundane, daytime shots and transforming them into mysterious, nighttime mixed-media photos. The portfolio of “pimped out” frames was titled Merging the Light with the Night.

I didn’t showcase all of the mixed-media shots that I had available at the time and held one in particular back, a frame that I had taken during a photo shoot one dark, overcast and rainy day visiting the 17th century iconic Villa Manin in Passariano in the Province of Udine in Italy’s northeastern region of Friuli-Venezia-Giulia.

That “mundane” photo of a section of the portiocos that wrap around the front sides of the Villa Manin was used as my “canvas” for a prelude work created just prior to the 2009 movie premiere of Dan Brown’s Angels & Demons  — actually the first novel he penned, but the second one that was brought to the big screen by Hollywood. I titled this mixed-media effort The Da Vinci Code as a homage to Brown’s second novel, but first feature-length film (2006) directed by Ron Howard and starring Tom Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon.

Here’s how that originally shot frame from Villa Manin was transformed via the following MULTIPLE enhancements.

Can you feel Prof. Langdon gripping a flashlight as he makes his way through a dark, candlelit passageway in search of the legendary Holy Grail? If so, then perhaps my next mystery to solve is to find out where in the heck is Ailsa’s backpack!

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images


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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


    1. WG – Tedious placement of lighting effects from Photoshop — the sconces, the flashlight tunnel effect and the red light above the door at the end of the corridor. Thanks for stopping by and commenting. Much appreciated.


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