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75000th photo in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic

3 August 2013.

With the weeklong travel-writing course in Prague completed, my new friends and I embark on a daytrip from the Czech capital city to Kutná Hora, some 70 kilometres to the southeast; here’s how we planned and made the trip by train.

I’m pleased and relieved my five-year old Canon EOS450D (XSi) camera continues to “hang on” during my return visit to the Czech Republic. I keep “flipping” or “rolling over” the four-digit image number counter; I’m in the tens of thousands, undoubtedly a big number for camera exposures or shots.

The “kostnice” or Ossuary, also known as the “Bone Church”, in Kutná Hora is all at once a surreal, unsettling, and fascinating experience. With ossuary defined as “a container, space, or room into which bones of dead people are placed where available burial space is scarce”, bone heaps from an estimated 40,000 skeletons were put into methodical use as ornaments inside the church. The decorative arrangement of bones began in the 16th-century, and what appears now has been in place since the end of the 19th-century. Moreover, a document from their information office states:

” … it (this place) is not a celebration of death, but it symbolizes the equality of people in front of the throne of God.”

While the following photographs mark an impressive milestone of the 75000th exposure on a single camera, I have to think the images are an ominous prediction about how little time my camera has left.

Kostnice, kostnice Sedlec, Ossuary, Beinhaus, Bone Church, Kutna Hora

Kostnice, kostnice Sedlec, Ossuary, Beinhaus, Bone Church, Kutna Hora

Previous rollovers :

•   15000th photo with the 450D/XSi in Berlin, Germany
•   25000th photo with the 450D/XSi in Vancouver, Canada
•   50000th photo with the 450D/XSi in Berlin, Germany
•   60000th photo with the 450D/XSi in Vancouver, Canada
•   70000th photo with the 450D/XSi in Sydney, Australia

I made the photos above on 3 August 2013. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com.

8 Responses to “75000th photo in Kutná Hora, Czech Republic”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, Stephen. Fortunately, my visit was in daytime (on a stifling summer day, mind), surrounded by what appeared to be an entire neighbourhood of visitors from Praha. Visiting this place on a dull grey winter afternoon in falling light surrounded by howling winds and only candles for light inside would make a “far more interesting experience.” 😉

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  1. Miss Lou

    I agree – kinda creepy.. lol

    I love the idea that you had, taking pictures based on exposure milestones! I noted Sydney in there too races off to look

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    • fotoeins

      Hi, Lou. Even though we visited in the bright of summer day late-morning/early-afternoon and there were many visitors around, there was the occasional “chill” and hairs raised at the back of my neck! Thanks for reading and for your comment1

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    • Miss Lou

      I’m not suprised @ the hairs on the back of your neck!

      Even the name for some reason inspires Hostel type images of people going through great torturous trials.

      Shudders

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