Its All In The Detail…..

It is easy to get overawed by magnificent edifices and miss out on the exquisite details that contribute to making them awe-inspiring in the first place.

With my design background, it isn’t so much that I don’t notice the finer nuances of architectural construction, as that I get so carried away by their intricacies that I forget to capture them on camera. I additionally get distracted by the people-watching the more popular sites afford.

Here’s a sampling of close-ups that did make it to my albums:

From the Taj Mahal, Agra – that benchmark for simple perfection – a pietra dura panel and delicately turned marble edge molding.

Pietra Dura inlay and marble edge molding - Taj Mahal, Agra

 

A skillfully carved marble plinth from the Red Fort, Delhi.

Detail of carving on plinth - Red Fort, Delhi

 

Back home in Chennai, the detail of a doorway in the Kapaleeswarar temple. Its ornate painted spire forms the background.

Kapaleeswarar temple, Chennai

 

Detail from an equally colourful spire across the bay in the beautiful Wat Arun, Bangkok.

Wat Arun, Bangkok

 

And finally a set of gorgeous features from Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur;

Detail - Mehrangarh Fort

Detail of ornate door shutter – Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Spikes on main door - Mehrangarh Fort

Mean metal spikes on the gigantic main door to deter the advance of elephants – Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Red sandstone pillar and trellis - Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

Red sandstone pillar and trellis – Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur

 

Door - Mehrangarh Fort

Details of an exquisite inner door frame and shutter.

Until next time……..happy travels, no matter where life takes you!