Photo101 Rehab #14 and B&W Challenge #2


My friend Desley from Musings of a Frequent Flying Scientist has challenged me to join in the 5-day B&W photo challenge, where I must post a black and white photo each day for 5 days and nominate someone else to join the challenge. I’d like to nominate fellow Photo 101 Rehab patient Teresa My Story by Teresa to join the challenge with me.

This photos is also my #14 of Photo101 Rehab. This is the sculpture of Mercury, the Roman God of Trade. “Mercury was seen as one of the Dii Consentes within the ancient Roman pantheon. He is the patron god of financial gain, commerce, eloquence (and thus poetry), messages/communication (including divination), travelers, boundaries, luck, trickery and thieves; he is also the guide of souls to the underworld.”

Here is the original photo


Particularly interesting that a God with such characteristics –  ‘the guide of souls to the underworld’ – has been chosen to be the God of trade! We don’t need to wonder why we have global financial crisis…

This sculpture resides inside the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, the first stock exchange in the world.

To join the B&W challenge, you must post B&W photography for the next five days, and each day nominate another photographer to enter the challenge.


And.. if you didn’t know yet what the Photo101 Rehab is, you still can do.

Once upon a time there was Photo101 course with daily assignments, which ended on November 30 and for that we miss it ever since.

Bloggers from all over the world connected as a strong community; sharing photos, chats and tips, and everyone added a special touch to the course, making it addictive.

Some of us, including me, didn’t want to say goodbye, and started feeling the first addiction’s symptoms, as described by inmate Albert nty6x at his blog Passionately Curious.

“Withdrawal symptoms may include the incessant need to carry your camera everywhere with you, the need to wake up in the wee hours to take photos during the golden hour, and checking up on others you met during the course to see what their newfound knowledge has brought fruit to.”

I had to think of something to resolve this.

Welcome to the Photo101 Rehab Center; especially dedicated to some confessed addicts: my fellow blogger and first ‘patient’ Andy Townend, as well as Mara Eastern, Cardinal Guzman, DesleyJane, Justine, Amy, Teresa, Albert, Terri, Giving Thought, Ellen, Nalinki, Mariangeles, DwayCrafts, Lucy,  Terri, the newcomer Bampa’s Views, and to all others not yet confessed photo101 addicts.

The Rehab rules are simple:

Opening time: Add your link from 04 to 31 December 2014.

Themes: You only need to choose a technique you want to explore or already master but want to share. It is a free theme but bring with it an explanation of the technique you used, as well as any editing effects, so we can all learn from each other.

Vote: If you want you can vote on the photos you like the most. At the last day (Dec 31) of the Photo Rehab you  can vote on the top 10 and celebrate.

How to register: Create a post with your photo, and add it here by using the link below.

Have fun! And thanks for participating.

Here is the link, click below to check all photos and even better, to join us!


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40 thoughts on “Photo101 Rehab #14 and B&W Challenge #2

    1. He is; just wish he would do a better God’s job and resolve this endless financial turmoil.
      The original is actually more beautiful. I just added there. You see the blue color giving a special touch on his body, including the eerrm…
      I’m afraid I set fire here today and only hope that Mara and Andy won’t see this post….;-)


  1. Very nice contrasts in this shot with the dark statue against the bright ceiling. Sometimes there’s photos that works well both in colours and B&W, but this one is definitely a B&W only photo!

    I also found it interesting (but not surprising) that ‘the guide of souls to the underworld’ & the God of trade is the same.


    1. *gasping for air* not sure if I was using my 100% capacity of my only one neuron when posting this; forgot that the execs from the Cabagge HQ would come to haunt me forever.
      But as I revealed it now, I may just post a series…


  2. Wow this B&W version is so powerful!!
    The contrast from the color version is so diverse… The strength in the muscles sculpted really come out in the B&W!


    1. OMG she has arrived and asks for more…in fact I have, but as the God is worshiped by the underworld and is doing nothing to resolve the economical and financial crisis, I’m not going to give him too much exposure. He has done enough already…


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