site is dedicated to all the people who, like me, are interested in
vexillology and heraldry, the disciplines that studies flags and coat
Why bandieredalvivo.com ?
In the web, there are hundreds of sites about heraldry and
vexillology, practically in every world's language, and they are often
very complete and extremely accurated; so, what was the need of one
more site on the matter?
The answer is easy: while the most of sites on this argument presents
draws or vectorial images of flags and coat of arms, i preferred to
investigate "on the field": all flags and coat of arms has been
photographated live, and in the places which they represent, looking
for them on administrative buildings, road panels, and so on.
If this method, for sure, is not so worthy in terms of quantity (to
take a picture of the object is necessary to get on the place, with all
the logistic and economical limits involved) and also in terms of
practice (the pictures are difficult to handle in the web), on
the other side, it has the big advantage of avoiding all the
doubts and discussions on the authenticity of the objects: flags and
coat of arms photographed are for sure the original ones , in the shape
and shades in use in the areas.
The site is in permanent evolution, and although by now is quite small, i hope to be able to enrich it at the best in the future.
How is structured bandieredalvivo.com ?
You'll start from an index page, through which is possible to reach the pages dedicated to the various objects.
Each page includes a picture, PERSONALLY TAKEN
BY ME IN THE PLACE THAT REPRESENT THE OBJECT (e.g., the flag of Andorra
has been photographed in Andorra, the flag of Budapest region has been
photographed in Budapest region, and so on).
picture is correlated with the indication of the day and the place
where the picture has been taken, and also with a small vectorial image
of the object, often taken from other web sources (always indicated),
which helps to better understand the nature and shape of the object,
when not perfectly visible. A small description of shape, meaning, and
a short history of the flag follows as well.
Unfortunately, all the site's texts are by now only in italian
language, but my aim is really that visitors of the site can focus
mainly on the pictures.
picture's quality, unfortunately, is not always the best one: many
pictures has been taken from long distance, because sometimes it was
impossible to approach the object; other picture has been taken during
the night. For the flags, there's also the "wind factor": some regions
has been visited in days of "total calm" of wind, and, despite long
waitings (with great patience by people who accompanied me) it has been
impossible to take pictures of the flags displayed at the best. Is the
price you have to pay if you want to do this kind of research.
Conerning Italy, i considered national, regional and provincial flags and coats of arms. For the other countries, i focused on the flags of nations and regions, and not on coats of arms.
I thank in advance all the visitors, every comment, critic and greeting is welcome!
I thank in advance also all the people who will propose new material,
but i will not include it in the site, because i want to include only
pictures personally taken. It's a kind of incentive to me, to
travel more, looking for new flags to be photographed.
Hoping that my work could be interesting for you all
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