I can’t imagine the kind of scaffolding they had in place so long ago when this was originally built. The amount of engineering in the scaffolding alone just so artists could get up high must have been a tremendous challenge.
Daily Photo – Repairs to the Hagia Sophia
At first when I walked into the Hagia Sophia, besides being blown away, I was a bit disappointed to see all the scaffolding. It didn't seem “right” to have all that in there, but I certainly understand why repairs and cleaning needs to be done. It also kind of depressed me from a photographic standpoint because I couldn't get a “clean” photo. But then, when I looked at this final image in the viewfinder, I was strangely happy with it. Not only is that scaffolding a sign of the present, but it's also a bit of a strange and delightful interloper. You don't expect to see it, and it breaks up the basic patterns you see everywhere else in the photo. So, in other words, now I like it!