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"Above the Rhinevalley" by Renderosity Member Mermaid

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Ah - whether it's a sunset, sunrise or various colors in the sky, I love a beautiful scenery. When I saw the image labeled "Above the Rhinevalley" by Renderosity member Mermaid, it reminded me of just that!

Please tell me the backstory behind the photo.

The photo was taken on the Stoss, a pass at 934m above the Rhine valley on the Swiss side, where a war memorial reminds of the battle of the 17 June 1405. In this battle, 400 Appenzell soldiers won against the 3 times bigger army of Prince-Abbot of St.Gallen and thus winning their independence.

We were showing our friend Roman the beautiful view over the valley onto the Austrian and Swiss Alps. He wanted to take a look at the memorial too and to take a photo from there down to the valley. As I am not very good on foot, so I waited in the car.

What inspired you to take it?

I saw Roman walking up to the memorial and standing on the wall and the silhouette intently got to me as a very nice composition and motive so I took several shots with him and this one was the best.

What does this photo symbolize?

To me, it is the look out over a beautiful place, and of course, the longing for seeing the other side too.

What is the meaning behind the photo?

Longing for something on the other side or a lonely guard would be the meaning to me.

Why did you decide to take it?

Because I really like this silhouette photos they are very clean and clear and I have taken another one similar one when we had another friend of ours visiting.

You will find it here.

This theme silhouetted people standing at a tree and looking over a valley or in this case, of the first shot over the lake of Constance seems to start a series for me.


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