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At Death's Door

This is a series of pics from my birthday weekend in June from Bruges, Belgium.

One of the oldest existing hospitals in Europe is St. John's Hospital in Bruges, with written documents dating back to 1188.
This "back door" is where patients left the hospital after dying.


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


At Death's Door

This is a series of pics from my birthday weekend in June from Bruges, Belgium.

One of the oldest existing hospitals in Europe is St. John's Hospital in Bruges, with written documents dating back to 1188.
This "back door" is where patients left the hospital after dying.


[Today I'm in Atlanta.]


comments (34)

Well, at least they saw them off in style smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I guess you could say so. Thanks, Martin.
Creepy title, Ginnie! That black door does look rather ominous. A good one to do in b&w.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I guess it could feel creepy, Ingrid, especially if you were right next to it by yourself. At the time, it just seemed very practical, as the tour guide explained it. Thanks for your comment, as always.
Quite interesting Ginnie! Nice tones. Hope you're well.
Ginnie Hart: Welcome back, Bridge. I'm very well, thanks.
  • Onada
  • 15 Aug 2007, 00:47
wow at the back door. what is it used for now? lovely tones!
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Onada. It's basically a museum now! Thanks for stopping by.
A really nice arrangement of intersecting lines and textures.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Larry!
This photo looks like it could have been taken anytime in the last hundred-plus years. What an interesting way of depicting the hospital (and an interesting choice of what to depict!).
Ginnie Hart: I took other pics, of course, Karen, but this one just really stood out because of our tour guide. What a way to go!
  • Kay
  • 15 Aug 2007, 04:34
Nice job, Ginnie! The hospital almost looks like it was half buried in water or mud because the top of the doorway is so low. I love this picture...your tones are wonderful.
Ginnie Hart: The entire hospital sits on the canal on this side, Kay, so it does indeed look half buried in water. Thanks.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 15 Aug 2007, 04:43
Excellent picture, Ginnie.
And, I think you have shown us some rare 12th century galvanised iron roofing and plastic plumbing, over the top of the back door. [grin]
Ginnie Hart: You're right, Ray. I guess lots of renovation happened over the years, but the same OLD charm still remains! Unbelievable!
So this is the opposite side of the urgencies ! smile
It's a beautiful architecture Ginnie !
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Flo, I'm sure you're right! When they don't make it through ER, they get moved out the door! Thanks.
  • urban8
  • Stoke-on-Trent
  • 15 Aug 2007, 06:07
Lovely shot, Ginnie - Belgium is just stunning, isn't it!!
Ginnie Hart: Absolutely, Urban8! I just love it.
Is that water on thr ground? If so, they must have boated them out the back door....near pun intended.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mary, that's water along this entire side of the hospital, sitting on the canal. I guess they brought the boats up alongside this door and hauled off the corpses. But to where, I do not know. The tour guide never got that far. I'm quite sure they did NOT dump them into the water!
Lovely photograph. I really like your choice of colour - it works so well. I`m enjoying my visit to Bruges! (:o)
Ginnie Hart: So glad you're enjoying the visit, Roz. It's been a joy to revisit myself! Thanks.
I think you have the best documentary style of photogrpahy on shutterchance, well done on this shot Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You have just made my day, Dotun (and I mean that sincerely). Thank you very much!
Is this hospital actually built on water? That is water isnt it? Again, I love your colour conversion here.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, that's water, Fehinti, along this entire side of the hospital that sits on the canal. It amazes me to see buildings like that in the water!! I guess they have a firm foundation since they've been sitting there for hundreds of years!! Thanks.
I pose the same water question .. This is a very reflective shot if you know what I mean !!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Shakara. As I told Fehinti, that's water along this entire side of the hospital that sits on the canal. It amazes me to see buildings like that in the water!! I guess they have a firm foundation since they've been sitting there for hundreds of years!
  • Tracy
  • 15 Aug 2007, 09:58
Love the shot Ginnie. Strange addition to the building but interseting at the same time. Looks like the rof has slipped on the porch. Love the unusal architecture. smile
Ginnie Hart: This place still totally fascinates me, Tracy. I really do like architecture, as you can tell. smile
They did leave in style smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes they did, S&S! smile
  • Ruth
  • Michigan, USA
  • 15 Aug 2007, 11:03
It does look rather "churchy" - sending them out with a prayer.
Ginnie Hart: Good thought to complete the scene, Ruth!
Impressive ! And so nicely done : Bravo !
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Zeb! smile
Ah yes I remember this building from our trip.

You've treated it well Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Bernie.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 15 Aug 2007, 12:44
Excellent mono. You know what is ominous to me is that this backdoor is over water. Do you think that they just dumped the ones that didn't make into the water? And by the slant of the building they may have a chute in there? Brrrr

Alternative title: The emergency fizzled out.
Ginnie Hart: Actually, Louis, I hope to God they didn't just slide them out the door into the water! I'm quite sure the guide said they bring up the boats alongside the ramp and haul off the corpses. But to where, I do not know! Wouldn't that be something to see! I wonder if they did it during the night so that people wouldn't be gawking?
Very interesting. chad
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Chad. smile
Awesome stuff Ginnie. So they ferried the dead away in litlle boats. Interesting
Ginnie Hart: Yes, very interesting indeed, Busola. Thanks.
  • Thomas
  • Norway
  • 15 Aug 2007, 13:52
Fantastic shot and very impressive architecture.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Thomas. I appreciate that.
Love the angle and the treatment to this image granny! smile
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, M'Lady! smile
Very nice shot.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for stopping by and commenting, SRS! smile
Makes you wonder where and how they took the bodies, well seen and like the processing as well.
Ginnie Hart: I do think they took the bodies by boat, Les, but I don't know where! Wonder if we can find out? Thanks.
It was a relief to know that they used a boat for this.
Great choice of color tone Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Magnus, I agree! Thanks.
No doubt one of the others has said this already but it does look like the cellar and most of the back door is under water. Is this by a canal or something ? You really do have this tone down don't you, it suits what the entrance was used for or should I say exit. smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Johnny, the entire side of this hospital sits in the canal. I still don't know how they do that (like in Venice as well). And yes, that's definitely the exit, or so we were told. smile Thanks.
Another cracking shot Ginnie. Really suits the tonal treatment too. I bet this building could tell a lot of stories... David.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, indeed, David. Lots of stories! Thanks.
Oh! Ginnie, always you focus with an amazing clearness. It enchants this one corner to me!
Ginnie Hart: You are so fun to enchant, Jose. smile Thanks.
Thirty Three comments ;o) - takes me all night to answer Ten!!!

Another excellent building shot Ginnie, I too found the story interesting - I presume they were taken away by boat, not just dumped into the water?

Mike
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Mike, they were taken away by boat but to where, I have no clue! It would be way to eerie to think there were a bunch of skeletons lying there in the bottom of the canal!
Very interesting story, I surprised the water hasn't done more damage to the building.
Ginnie Hart: I totally agree, Will. It just astonishes me, after all these years! Thanks.
Very atmospheric shot. All the best, Dave.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Dave, for your comment.

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