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17th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Mobile
Before All Turns to Dust: Statue Standing on a Hill in Pompeii

In this photograph, a lifeless statue of a man with missing limbs stands on top of the ruins of Pompeii. The perished sight of Pompeii is juxtaposed with the clear sky along with trees and grasses that are quietly growing in this ancient city of catastrophic death. Black and white filter was used to highlight the mortal and fatalistic nature of humans and human civilizations that is captured in this photo. In the end, all turns to dust . Nearly two thousand years ago, the inhabitants of this city were burned to ashes with the eruption of Vesuvius. Meanwhile, the ruins of Pompeii has outlived its inhabitants. In time, these ruins will also eventually be turned to dust. This photo captures a moment in time before Pompeii has completely turned to dust to finally join the inhabitants that built the city. Hence, the title is "Before All Turns to Dust."

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Date Taken: 10.2019
Date Uploaded: 10.2019
Photo Location: Pompeii, Italy
Copyright: © Hong Youl Park