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The UNreal Thing


Many of you know that Astrid/Picturit and I went to Utrecht, Holland, on January 15 to walk around and take pictures.  However, because it rained the entire day, all we could do (besides yakkiky-yak and eat in the nearby cafe) was take pictures inside the Dom/Cathedral and tower.

Astrid has been showing her Dom images all last week and this week, too.  I'm joining her now because we discovered that even though we were on each other's heels, we took very different photos!   And THAT says a lot about what photography is all about.  Different eyes.  Different perspectives.  Different points of view.

This statue stands in the courtyard outside of Utrecht's Dom/Cathedral.
On the side of the church hangs this HUMONGOUS banner that shows what the inside will look like when it's renovated.

THAT IS A BANNER, my friends, hanging behind the statue!


[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


The UNreal Thing


Many of you know that Astrid/Picturit and I went to Utrecht, Holland, on January 15 to walk around and take pictures.  However, because it rained the entire day, all we could do (besides yakkiky-yak and eat in the nearby cafe) was take pictures inside the Dom/Cathedral and tower.

Astrid has been showing her Dom images all last week and this week, too.  I'm joining her now because we discovered that even though we were on each other's heels, we took very different photos!   And THAT says a lot about what photography is all about.  Different eyes.  Different perspectives.  Different points of view.

This statue stands in the courtyard outside of Utrecht's Dom/Cathedral.
On the side of the church hangs this HUMONGOUS banner that shows what the inside will look like when it's renovated.

THAT IS A BANNER, my friends, hanging behind the statue!


[Today I'm in Amsterdam.]


comments (46)

I saw this on your other blog and hoped you would put it up here. This is gorgeous! The silver and gold and bright colours of the stained glass are really fabulous!!!
Ginnie Hart: You've seen it all already then, Mary! smile But yes, I had to put it all on the bigger screen. Thanks for your support. It means a lot to me.
  • Tracy
  • Stoke on Trent UK
  • 28 Jan 2008, 01:31
That is some banner Ginnie. The statue looks like it's carrying the olympic torch.
You have captured this beautifully the banner almost looks real. Nice job mijn vriendsmile
Ginnie Hart: It DOES look like the Olympic torch, Tracy, and I wondered the same thing. The banner is better described by Astrid in her comment below, but it really was huge. I couldn't believe it. Thanks.
  • Ted
  • 28 Jan 2008, 01:41
Wow! Gorgeous colors - elegant - simple. A terrific picture of a picture. Some people have to use photoshop to get this stuff.
Ginnie Hart: A picture of a picture, exactly, Ted. It was too good to be true. Thanks. And as Astrid said in her comment below, this is exactly how it was. No PhotoShop necessary!
She is a beauty.
Ginnie Hart: I thought so, too, Michael, against that backdrop. Thanks.
Cool grin
Ginnie Hart: HA! I think that's a Thanks. tongue
  • Astrid
  • the one who saw this in real too...... :-))))
  • 28 Jan 2008, 05:00
This is stunning, when we walked to that statue, it was/is an obtical illusion, I think the banner was about 10 meter (30 feet) wide and 30 meter (90 feet) tall and guess what, this was only the first 'treat' of what we saw the rest of that day (besides rain grin)Ginnie, you captured and cropped it perfectly, the colors are great.
This statue is standing in an open space between part of the church and the actual tower, long time ago a storm destroyed a part of the building and they never rebuilded it. Geweldige foto and for Ted, I was there and in this picture NO Photoshop, this IS the real stuff, like you said smile
Ginnie Hart: You are my biggest fan, I think, lieve Astrid! I need to take you with me everywhere! HA! tongue Thanks for adding the dimensions of this banner because it really WAS like an optical illusion. I just stood there staring at it. I think we stood under the archway of the Dom Tower and were shielded from the rain when I took this. We were so lucky. Bedankt, mijn lieve vriend.
wow! tu as créé un superbe dynamisme avec cet angle de vue. c'est impressionnant
Ginnie Hart: It really was incredible, O-P. Merci.
Amazing, striking picture Ginnie: it's always interesting how people come away from a place with different pictures from each other
Ginnie Hart: It really is, Chris. Wait till tomorrow when Astrid and I will show images of the same thing! But such a different perspective for us both! Thanks.
  • Ann
  • Suc sur Erdre - France
  • 28 Jan 2008, 07:59
Beautiful one !!! I love the contrasts of colours and the symbolism here !!!
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Ann. Thank you kindly.
  • anniedog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jan 2008, 08:09
I wondered why the statue looked so 3D compared to the background! Nice shot.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I guess that's the biggest clue, Ingrid! Thanks.
Wow! Now that is one huge banner. Nice capture
Ginnie Hart: Huge indeed, Kunle. I love stuff like this. smile Thanks.
  • mickyboy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jan 2008, 08:47
What a contrast. this can not be inside the church you showed us the other day can it?
Ginnie Hart: No, Mick, this is OUTSIDE the church, which is the wonder of it. It's a huge banner with a painting of what the renovation will look like. Isn't it incredible!
  • blackdog
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jan 2008, 08:50
Silver and Gold. Priceless ;o)
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. I like that, Mike.
This is a remarkable shot Ginnie.The perspective illusion is perfect. Excellent job. Going straight to my likeys!
Ginnie Hart: You are a sweetheart, Richard! Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Jan 2008, 09:31
A very interesting combination of different levels of 'reality'- the statue, the tree, the banner in our reality and the visie of the - soon as I hope-renovated cathedral (I can read the words: "(initia)tief Dom Plein") which can still be visited and admired in many parts as we have seen in Astrid's wonderful pics! The fictional charakter of the banner is well emphazised by the grey toning despite the depictured coloured glasswindows- but it is only a feeble copy of their wonderful real or supranatural beauty. Rather confusing is for me the 'voluptuous' female statue in the front of a church- The Nike I presume, like a Olympionike, sorry,sorry, if i'm saying, a some faschistoid sculpture! (I have to figure what this statue does mean and why it is standing there. Some figures from Hildo Krop, Amsterdamse Scholl, we yesterday saw, were similar.)
Ginnie Hart: Different levels of reality. BINGO. Those are perfect words for this illusion. And you are so right about that statue. I'd LOVE to find out more about it. I may have to wait until we go back to Utrecht! Thanks, Philine.
  • Scarlet
  • The Netherlands
  • 28 Jan 2008, 09:31
The construction companies here in Holland are using these kind of banners more and more because they're more pleasing to the eye! Wat a stunning photograph Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: They are clearly going to a lot of trouble, then, Scarlet, and good for them. It sure is aesthetically pleasing. Thanks for that note.
There was somethin weird about your photo, if only because of the tree on the left growing in the church. Very nice.
Ginnie Hart: HA! The tree kinda brings a bit of reality to the image, I agree, Wim. Thanks.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 28 Jan 2008, 10:17
I have to correct my comment. This statue is part of a resistance-moument (1949):
"Op de plaats van het verdwenen middenschip van de Dom staat een groot verzetsmonument uit 1949, gemaakt door Corinne Franzèn-Heslenfeld met een gedicht van Jan Engelman, waar jaarlijks de Dodenherdenking op 4 mei wordt gehouden." (Domplein Wikipedia) The figure is a kind of Nike which brought the victory over the NS-regime.
Ginnie Hart: Good for you, Philine, to find what the statue is all about. That helps and makes sense. BEDANKT. You are erg goed. smile
  • ray
  • Thailand
  • 28 Jan 2008, 11:52
That's a great composition, Ginnie...whatever the material!
Ginnie Hart: Awww. You're a sweetheart, Ray! Thanks.
  • Ruth
  • United States
  • 28 Jan 2008, 11:59
So is the renovation mostly cleaning/sand blasting?

You could do a book of statues/sculptures of women, no? Madonnas, Joans, etc.
Ginnie Hart: Awwww. What a great idea, Ruth. I have no idea about the renovation. I didn't even understand what the banner was for until later when Astrid told me! smile Thanks.
Good symmetry
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Chantal.
  • Gale
  • Cape of Storms
  • 28 Jan 2008, 12:17
You are so right Ginnie.. Such completeley different photos. Sounds like such a fun day even through you were stuck inside. The colour of this sculpture is so striking against the silvery background. Love the branch on the left hand side.Beautifully captured.
Ginnie Hart: You will see the difference tomorrow, Gale, when we both show the exact same thing but from different perspectives. Thank you so much.
It's difficult to believe that that's a banner Ginnie!
Ginnie Hart: I know. I still have to stare at it! Thanks, Bernie.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 28 Jan 2008, 13:03
A kind of a Nike - just do it (says Philine smile)

If you didn't tell about the banner, I would seriously have wondered about that branch growing inside a church.

Excellent picture
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Louis, a kind of Nike. Philine was so much fun to meet on Saturday here in Amsterdam. So now I read her words with extra special interest. smile

And yes. That tree branch is the dead give-away! smile Thanks.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 28 Jan 2008, 14:07
I thought I was looking at a wall amazing
Ginnie Hart: I know, Vintage. I love the illusion. smile Thanks.
  • chad
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 28 Jan 2008, 14:33
Great picture, Ginnie. The church seems to be made of silver.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it does, Chad! Thanks.
  • Kathryn
  • Germany
  • 28 Jan 2008, 14:53
This reminds me of when the Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate) was being redone in Berlin (2001). A HUGE banner was hung over the Tor that looked just like it. It was surreal to see it because it looked so realistic and so three dimensional, however when the wind blew was as if there was a warp in reality.

The torch the figure holds reminds me of the one the Statue of Liberty holds..a beacon.
Ginnie Hart: I have seen the Brandenburger Tor without the banner, Kathryn, but would have loved to see it WITH it. Kinda reminds me of something Christo and Jeanne-Claude might do. smile Thanks.
It all makes for a great picture Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Bill.
  • tim
  • United Kindom
  • 28 Jan 2008, 16:58
wow that is stunning Ginnie, first thumbnail i looked at and i will be back for another look latersmile
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Tim. Thanks.
This is lovely, Ginnie. Elegant capture and beautiful colour. It is very interesting to see how everyone will come up with different shots. (:o)
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Yes and Yes! smile Thanks, Roz.
Stunning result
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Nigel!
  • PhotoSam
  • London, U.K
  • 28 Jan 2008, 17:54
very crisp...seriously lovely...
Ginnie Hart: You're a sweetheart, Sam. Thanks.
  • Aksel
  • Sweden
  • 28 Jan 2008, 19:07
I find it difficult to take good pics of statues - you have done a great job here....love the gold silver mix here...
Ginnie Hart: You are such a sweetheart, Aksel. Thanks.
This "gold" against "silver" leads to unreal as you said Ginnie... so weird but strong image !
Ginnie Hart: I love the illusion, Flo! Thanks.
  • Still
  • France
  • 28 Jan 2008, 20:32
There is an interesting contrqt between the goldy colours of the statue and the silver appearance of the stones of the church. Beautiful colors of the reflections against the pillars.
Ginnie Hart: It is very different, isn't it, Still. Thanks.
  • Chris
  • Isle of Wight (UK)
  • 28 Jan 2008, 21:57
Keep them coming Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I will, for sure, Chris. Thanks.
  • Ellie
  • United Kingdom
  • 28 Jan 2008, 22:45
I was looking back to the picture, then to your text, back to the picture, then to your text - and I got there in the end!

I couldn't work out why the stonework was such a completely different colour to the statue! Duh, because it's a picture!

True, what you say, two photographers never end up with the same pictures - fun, isn't it smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love the fun of the illusion, Ellie. Thanks.
  • Dave Wilkins
  • Recovering from surgery in Ireland
  • 28 Jan 2008, 22:50
That's lovely Ginnie very elegant.
Ginnie Hart: Awww. Thanks, David.
  • Reza
  • Canada
  • 28 Jan 2008, 23:23
Just Wonderful
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear, Reza.
Nice shot Ginnie. Well done
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear ChiChi.
  • Petra
  • netherlands
  • 29 Jan 2008, 12:50
good shot
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Petra.
Love the contrast of the statue against the background. I initially thought you had edited the background until I read through ur notes. Well executed, nice one smile
Ginnie Hart: HA! The illusion certainly is there, Fotografa. Thanks.
  • deji77
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 29 Jan 2008, 22:07
That is some gigantic banner Ginnie smile
Ginnie Hart: Yes, it is, Deji. smile
  • L.Reis
  • Portugal
  • 2 Feb 2008, 16:20
wow...that is a banner, behind the statue??
Unbelievable!!
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Lina, a banner. It really was unbelievable! We went back last week and think it was even bigger than we first thought!
Wow! I congratulate to you because you have known to simply find with the frame a fantastic composition. Bravo!
Ginnie Hart: It was so fun to find this illusion, José-Angel. smile Gracias.
I like very much the atmosphere alomost unreal of this picture !
Ginnie Hart: I do, too, Zeb. It was a real feast for the senses. Thanks.

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