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photoblog image Inside Saint Catherine

Inside Saint Catherine


Inside Saint Catherine's Church, Brussels, Belgium, last July, 2008.
(with texture added)

Some of you may remember when I posted this image of the Sainte-Catherine station
in the Brussels' underground Metro.  Once you walk to the top of the exit stairs, you see this church.


Inside Saint Catherine


Inside Saint Catherine's Church, Brussels, Belgium, last July, 2008.
(with texture added)

Some of you may remember when I posted this image of the Sainte-Catherine station
in the Brussels' underground Metro.  Once you walk to the top of the exit stairs, you see this church.


comments (41)

Ages quite well Ginnie. Like the way you have processed it.
Ginnie Hart: It actually gave it a marblized look from what it was originally, Les. This reminds me of you, of course, so thank you...again. smile
agree with Les Auld! wow...I totally got drawn into it the moment I saw it...
Ginnie Hart: Les was the one who showed me how to add texture to an image, Lydia, so thanks.
  • rian
  • United States
  • 22 Jun 2009, 01:51
i like what les said.. "aged quite well".. it was a wonderful shot to begin with.. great work! smile
Ginnie Hart: As I just said to Lydia, Les was the one who showed me how to add texture, so we can thank him. smile
  • JulianG
  • Argentina
  • 22 Jun 2009, 02:11
I like very much Ginnie! Very good PP.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Julian. It was fun to play around. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 22 Jun 2009, 02:13
A beautiful piece of Ginniefied art.
Ginnie Hart: Ginniefied, for sure, Ray. smile Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 22 Jun 2009, 05:34
When this one opened I did not remember seeing this when we were in Brussels, I forgot you were there the next day too.
Een brede glimlach, I can see you had fun with aging this picture, dit heb je prachtige gedaan, mijn complimenten MLS.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Astrid, the next day I spent a lot of time there, inside and out. It's a magnificent church even though the outside badly needs sprucing up. All the stone is very blackened now, giving it an almost sinister look. So sad. I'm glad I went inside! The texture added a marble look to the inside, which is why I kept it. It was fun (you know me!). smile Bedankt, lieve vriend!
What a grand look.... too cool..
Ginnie Hart: These churches can look so large on the inside, Pravin...much bigger than I ever saw growing up!
  • Aussie
  • Cedar Vale
  • 22 Jun 2009, 06:08
Lovely processing Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, dear Aussie.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 22 Jun 2009, 06:21
A wonderful picture of a gorgeous- rich catholic church- the lovely processing enhances the religious and old-fashioned feeling of another world and another time.
Ginnie Hart: Yes, Philine, so true! When I was done with the texture, it looked like the inside was marble...even though it wasn't. So I decided to leave it. Bedankt.
Looks like an old newspaper image, Ginnie. It suits it well.
Ginnie Hart: I like that thought of a newspaper image, Alan. thank you.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 22 Jun 2009, 08:13
PP is great Ginnie, what a beautiful church
Ginnie Hart: The outside of the church is very blackened and needs some sprucing up, Tony, which is why I've very glad I went inside to get a different feeling altogether. Thanks.
Looks wonderful Ginnie and your treatment works beautifully
Ginnie Hart: You would have loved it, Bill. It's not the kind of church I grew up with but I always enjoy experiencing it.
I like the symmetry and the bleached palette Ginne.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Mike. I like the way you put that! smile
  • Frida
  • Sweden
  • 22 Jun 2009, 08:59
A beautiful churh Ginnie. I like the processing applied here.
Ginnie Hart: It's not what I'm used to, Frida, but it's always a joy for me to experience a large church like this. Thank you.
Your reworking makes it look like the church is frozen in time. Good job!
Ginnie Hart: i've told others it gave a marble look to the inside...and yes, that does give a "frozen" feel...kinda like a mausoleum! Bedankt, Wim.
love the sepia tone here, makes it serene
Ginnie Hart: Bedankt, Chantal.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Jun 2009, 11:01
The textured background works well. Great picture.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Louis. For me it added a marblized feel to the inside.
on se croirait à une autre époque. tu donne un charme fou à tes photos!
Ginnie Hart: I think these old churches of Europe have a way of staying timeless, O-P. And by the way, I am delighted to see your country. I hope to have many more visits in the future (after I move to the Netherlands) and maybe one day I will even meet YOU! I would like that. Merci.
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Jun 2009, 12:40
What a lovely church, lots to look at too. Love the processing mijn vriend very apt for this shot.
Ginnie Hart: Always lots to look at in these big churches, Tracy--nothing like what I grew up in, that's for sure! Bedankt, lieve vriend.
  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 22 Jun 2009, 12:41
Kind of takes your breath away. What an absolutely stunning space. WOW!
Ginnie Hart: I know what you mean, Marcie. I didn't grow up in churches like this. I would hardly know how to pay attention! Or maybe I would pay attention better?? smile
  • david
  • United States
  • 22 Jun 2009, 13:14
top notch processing...a fine shot, ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
  • navin
  • india
  • 22 Jun 2009, 13:24
Very nice shot Ginnie. Reminds me of the churches I saw during my visit to Goa
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Navin. I never tire of seeing these monstrosities!
Almost like a 50s snapshot, Ginnie. Like a vintage postcard. Hmm... a bit like us really! lol
Ginnie Hart: HA! We grow old gracefully, Alex. grin Thanks.
  • MikeH
  • Bahamas
  • 22 Jun 2009, 14:30
A lot has been said about the processing and I agree. I like the framing as well, great capture.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you, kind sir.
Lovely church Ginnie and I like the finish but me being me, I would also like to see the original some time.
Ginnie Hart: I knew someone would ask, Brian! I'll see if I can find the original for you. smile Thanks.
I agree with everybody...the natural and processed aging is beautiful.

The enormity of the church is evident from the way you shot this. You got just the top tips of the chairs so we get the full vision of the place. Nice Job!!!
Ginnie Hart: I'm not used to big churches like this, Heather. My dad was a simple preacher of churches that held only 300 people. Protestant churches in the Midwest are very plain, as you know. So whenever I'm inside one like this, I'm in awe.
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 22 Jun 2009, 17:23
fine exquisite details on this church shot. well documented
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Liang.
  • Andy
  • United States
  • 22 Jun 2009, 20:28
Love the textures in this shot. Beautiful building!
Ginnie Hart: It's been fun trying out textures, Andy. I'm starting to get the hang of it. smile Thanks.
I cannot find the adjective to describe such perfection.
Ginnie Hart: You are way too kind, Albert...but thank you.
  • Marc
  • France
  • 22 Jun 2009, 22:22
Very creative and also subtle treatment, very adapted to the theme. I like it !
Ginnie Hart: I thought the texture ended up giving it a marblized look, Marc, so I kept it. Thanks.
  • Evita
  • Canada
  • 22 Jun 2009, 23:43
Beautiful emotion evoked in this style of photography.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Evita, for stopping by and commenting. That means a lot to me.
  • Mroy
  • United States
  • 22 Jun 2009, 23:51
Oh so impressive. I wonder how high the ceiling is.
Ginnie Hart: Good question, Maria. This church does not have very much information on it when you Google it, which has really surprised me. About the only thing I have found is that it "was designed in 1854 by Joseph Poelaert, who also designed Brussels' colossal Palais de Justice. The church still has the tower from the original 17th century church, which was actually part of the town's first fortified enclosure."
  • Brian
  • United States
  • 23 Jun 2009, 03:06
What a beautiful view of the church. So many details here, it keeps my eyes wandering.
Ginnie Hart: I'm sure I never saw the half of it, Brian! Thanks.
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.A.
  • 23 Jun 2009, 04:45
Very ornate. The sepia is very fitting in my opinion.
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Sherri.
I need this spiritual calming after Bill's awful picture of me. Thanks Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: Now you've got me ll curious, Chad, so I will now go look! smile
What a wonderful image! Your treatment works perfectly here!
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Richard.
  • Mirco
  • Switzerland
  • 23 Jun 2009, 11:39
Great shot and Post processing
Ginnie Hart: You should talk, Mirco! And I mean that sincerely. Thanks.
Excellent capture of this amazing architectural design. The inside of this Church is absolutely beautiful. You managed to bring out these lovely details so very well Ginnie. Stunning job!
Ginnie Hart: You're very kind, John. Thank you.
  • Thomas
  • India
  • 23 Jun 2009, 15:19
Ginnie - You have mastered the art of making today's shots look pretty dated. Its suits this composition perfectly
Ginnie Hart: I sure am having fun with textures...the few I've done, Thomas. So thanks for your vote of confidence!
  • Jane
  • Germany
  • 24 Jun 2009, 01:17
you've captured the mood so well here, like the sepia-tone feel
Ginnie Hart: Thank you kindly, Jane. I was in awe of the place!
This is a beautiful picture, Ginnie, but I'm puzzled about the edifice behind the high altar. Is it outside the window, or inside the church and part of the structure of the altar? Since you added texture, perhaps you "altered the altar" as well??? Or do I need new glasses?
Ginnie Hart: No, Patrushka, I didn't alter anything behind the altar (love the play on words). Everything is on the inside but this is as close as I got. Hmmmm. Now you have my curiosity! smile Thanks.

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