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Fabled creature of clay made by Rabbi
Loew to look after the citizens of Prague in
times of civic stress, the Golem clearly
doesn't like cameras. On the previous two
occasions I'd photographed his likeness,
the first time the camera jammed when it
had never done so before, and on the
second occasion, oddly, only half the frame
was exposed, leaving a ghostly streak
down the middle. And no Golem. This time
I thought I'd fool him by pretending to
shoot this wall, with the grisly blighter only visible in the bottom corner. This I got away
with, but for how long...? The picture is of Golden Lane, the so-called 'Street of the
Alchemists' in Hradcany Castle, Prague, which was home to jewellers, divines, alchemists,
necromancers, what have you, during the reign of mad King Rudolf II in the 17th
century. But Golden Lane has lost its charm - it's now full of trinket shops for tourists.
For history buffs, it's more fun to visit the room in the Castle where the 'Defenestration
of Prague' took place, starting the Thirty Years' War that destroyed half of Europe.
What's not generally realised is that all four regents and nobles who were hurled out of
the window when a religious dispute got a tad heated, miraculously survived the fall.
Postscript: the Golem has had the last laugh - I've lost the original master shot of this
picture. But I can remember that I degraded the chroma (colour) in Paint Shop Pro and
used the 'Grunge' filters in Perfect Photo Suite 7 to spooky-up the picture.
Fabled creature of clay made by Rabbi Loew to look after the citizens of Prague in times
of civic stress, the Golem clearly doesn't like cameras. On the previous two occasions
I'd photographed his likeness, the first time the camera jammed when it had never
done so before, and on the second occasion, oddly, only half the frame was exposed,
leaving a ghostly streak down the middle. And no Golem. This time I thought I'd fool
him by pretending to shoot this wall, with the grisly blighter only visible in the bottom
corner. This I got away with, but for how long...? The picture is of Golden Lane, the
so-called 'Street of the Alchemists' in Hradcany Castle, Prague, which was home to
jewellers, divines, alchemists, necromancers, what have you, during the reign of mad
King Rudolf II in the 17th century. But Golden Lane has lost its charm - it's now full of
trinket shops for tourists. For history buffs, it's more fun to visit the room in the Castle
where the 'Defenestration of Prague' took place, starting the Thirty Years' War that
destroyed half of Europe. What's not generally realised is that all four regents and
nobles who were hurled out of the window when a religious dispute got a tad heated,
miraculously survived the fall.
Postscript: the Golem has had the last laugh - I've lost the original master shot of this
picture. But I can remember that I degraded the chroma (colour) in Paint Shop Pro and
used the 'Grunge' filters in Perfect Photo Suite 7 to spooky-up the picture.
Fabled creature of clay made by Rabbi Loew
to look after the citizens of Prague in times of
civic stress, the Golem clearly doesn't like
cameras. On the previous two occasions I'd
photographed his likeness, the first time the
camera jammed when it had never done so
before, and on the second occasion, oddly,
only half the frame was exposed, leaving a
ghostly streak down the middle. And no
Golem. This time I thought I'd fool him by
pretending to shoot this wall, with the grisly
blighter only visible in the bottom corner. This I got away with, but for how long...? The
picture is of Golden Lane, the so-called 'Street of the Alchemists' in Hradcany Castle, Prague,
which was home to jewellers, divines, alchemists, necromancers, what have you, during the
reign of mad King Rudolf II in the 17th century. But Golden Lane has lost its charm - it's now
full of trinket shops for tourists. For history buffs, it's more fun to visit the room in the
Castle where the 'Defenestration of Prague' took place, starting the Thirty Years' War that
destroyed half of Europe. What's not generally realised is that all four regents and nobles
who were hurled out of the window when a religious dispute got a tad heated, miraculously
survived the fall.
Postscript: the Golem has had the last laugh - I've lost the original master shot of this
picture. But I can remember that I degraded the chroma (colour) in Paint Shop Pro and used
the 'Grunge' filters in Perfect Photo Suite 7 to spooky-up the picture.

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Fabled creature of clay made by Rabbi Loew to look after the citizens of Prague in times of civic stress, the Golem clearly doesn't like cameras. On the previous two occasions I'd photographed his likeness, the first time the camera jammed when it had never done so before, and on the second occasion, oddly, only half the frame was exposed, leaving a ghostly streak down the middle. And no Golem.  This time I thought I'd fool him by pretending to shoot this wall, with the grisly blighter only visible in the bottom corner. This I got away with, but for how long...?   The picture is of Golden Lane, the so-called 'Street of the Alchemists' in Hradcany Castle, Prague, which was home to jewellers, divines, alchemists, necromancers, what have you, during the reign of mad King Rudolf II in the 17th century. But Golden Lane has lost its charm - it's now full of trinket shops for tourists.  For history buffs, it's more fun to visit the room in the Castle where the 'Defenestration of Prague' took place, starting the Thirty Years' War that destroyed half of Europe.   What's not generally realised is that all four regents and nobles who were hurled out of the window when a religious dispute got a tad heated, miraculously survived the fall.    
Postscript: the Golem has had the last laugh - I've lost the original master shot of this picture. But I can remember that I degraded the chroma (colour) in Paint Shop Pro and used the 'Grunge' filters in Perfect Photo Suite 7 to spooky-up the picture.
Gold and black echo the character of the Golem himself!

Gold and black echo the character of the Golem himself!

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