shining is conceptual social photography blog that was born during a family trip to rome by my brother and i (he is the original shiner).
as a child i had to go to places like notre dame, the eifel tower and the statue of liberty with my parents, and to watch and hear them and all the other people around us being amazed from those huge blocks of stone that were built to show the power of some ego maniac who wanted people to remeber him.
as a consequence today i find no pleasure of visiting these kind of places, and often even feel sick from humanity when i see that those assholes who built those buildings got exactly what they wanted.
I feel that shining brought back for me the joy of being a tourist. on this trip to rome when my brother and i hanged around and took those photos we had a chance to act as normal tourists but to be very special at the same time.
i would like to see shining photos from famous monuments and buildings around the world, i would be happy to recieve pictures and post them here.
go and join the tourists!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Shining All Over The Roaring Lion at Tel Hai

I know , you’ll find it hard to believe, but 90 years ago there were still wars going on in peaceful Israel. In those days lived people who had actually believed that it is good (!) to die for your country!! that if you do , you’d might become a saint and go to heaven and will have there 70 virgin girls!!!
isn’t it ridiculous?
I think it is and I wish these days had had passed and would have never returned, because I love my life, and I don't want them to be in danger because of some  arrogant, coward, greedy fuckers.
The story about The Battle Of Tel Hai and The Myth Of Joseph Trumpeldor has been pumped into our young minds, since we were at kindergarten, and might have something to do with the fact that people in Israel, still think its hip to die for their country.
Lately, there were some doubts, suggesting that, Trumpeldor (who never spoke Hebrew or English)instead of saying "it is good to die for one's country", actually blurted out a Russian curse. Other swear they can hear him say “I buried Paul”
Anyway, wars are bad, O.K?!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Shining all over Mt. Fuji

When we thought about the shining protocol we never included any natural phenomenon. nevertheless, Mt. Fuji is more than just a mountain. This is one of the most famous symbols of Japan. It was considered sacred and was off-limits to women until the Meiji Era, Fuji-San is one of the biggest achievements in my shining career.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Shining all over Osaka - Tsūtenkaku Tower, Osaka Castle and Billiken

 Osaka was fun! Unfortunately we only had 2 days there, but I could really pick up a vibe which is much wilder and fun than in Tokyo. 
In the 1st picture you can see behind me the Tsūtenkaku Tower which is located in the Shinsekai district. Here we also took the 2nd Picture near the sweet figure of Billiken.
The 3rd one is a proper Shining, behind me is the Osaka castle, built by the asshole Samurai Toyotomi Hideyoshi, who murdered a bit too much for my taste and is now remembered as a great Japanese leader. He also managed to apear in some PC and Video games.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Shining all over Hiroshima - Peace Memorial Park

The A-Bomb Dome.

In retrospect, shining all over Hiroshima was like shining all over the Holocaust Denkmal in Berlin.  I did these photos before entering the peace museum, so i actually wasn't so much aware of the magnitude of this event.  Walking through the museum was pretty shocking, I wasn't so much shocked from the description of the bomb and its aftermath as I was from the American documents issued prior to the bombing. Basically the Americans wanted to test two new models of bombs and they didn't really give a fuck about who they've dropped it on. Knowing a bit of history, maybe being shocked from this fact is pretty naive.
This whole area near where the bomb dropped is now called Peace Memorial Park.

ground zero
children's peace memorial
 Memorial Tower to the Mobilized Students