Dante’s Boardwalk

Path That Dante Followed

This is a rare look at the boardwalk around The Champagne Pool in volcanic Rotorua area in New Zealand. It was early morning in July, NZ Winter, and surprisingly devoid of people. This reminds one of  Dante’s Inferno. Although the air was cold and crisp, the waters were hot and steamy, everything smelled of sulphur.

Inferno (Italian for Hell) is the first part of the 14th-century epic poem Divine Comedy. It is followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso. It is an allegory telling of the journey of Dante through what is largely the medieval concept of  Helll, guided by the  Roman poet Virgil. In the poem, Hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth. Allegorically, the Divine Comedy represents the journey of the soul towards God, with the Inferno describing the recognition and rejection of sin.


7 responses

  1. Very nice shot. Love the way the lines look like they disappear but instead curve around first to the vanishing point. Very powerful composition.

    May 13, 2011 at 3:46 am

  2. Great shot! That place looks absolutely stunning!

    May 13, 2011 at 6:12 am

  3. Very cool shot. I like the contrast of the walkway to the ground. Great work!

    May 13, 2011 at 6:25 am

  4. I can imagine combined with the smell that it would look a bit like you could be entering in an inferno, especially since you can’t see through the steam to your right. Great place to capture!

    May 13, 2011 at 7:49 am

  5. I love the leading line and the steam in this shot. Wonderful capture!

    May 13, 2011 at 7:59 am

  6. I love that series, read it many times myself! This photograph today TOTALLY exemplifies the Inferno Erik! This totally looks like something from another world! Great capture, love the details and tones; they really add a ton of drama. Great shot!

    May 13, 2011 at 10:56 am

  7. Amazing blog, just Stumbled it

    May 18, 2011 at 4:13 pm

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