Some real brilliant pictures ! I also like the one with the open field best, it will give an idea of the largeness of the country. Followed by the picture of the door with the rusted doorknob and the cracked paint. I think the colour picture with the barn works better than the B/W because of the warm tonality. At the first view at the picture with the church, i thoght that this is a railway engine shed Your churches look completely different than ours. Enjoy the last warm days !
Can you tell me something about the architectural style of this beautiful church ? Looks like english (neo ?) gothic style. I didn't mean the " railway engine shed" in a bad way, but such wooden buildings are very uncommon here. A picture of my nearest church, founded in the early 12th century and baroque "modernized" in the middle of the 17th century and finaly neo gothic rebuilt in 1880.
No I did not take the "railway engine shed" in a bad way but just wanted to make sure you did not get the impression that was the only type of church here. About architecture I know very little to nothing so can't really comment. I just take photos of what appeals to me. It is a Presbyterian church and as such could easily be mimicking English neo gothic style architecture. Roots to the old country run deep especially from the time this church was rebuilt. Great looking church you have posted. It seems to prove that a mixture of style doesn't necessarily have to clash with each other. The spires add a lightness to the rest of the cathedral which feels heavier. I take it that the heavier part is neo gothic?
Post by nikkortorokkor on Dec 8, 2009 23:58:11 GMT -5
Bob, I'll throw my cents in & guess that the towers are neo Gothic. High Gothic was characterised by its lightness, especially the flying buttress, which was a Gothic invention - think the Western Facade or the exterior of the Apse on the Notre Dame de Paris. Thats what those incorrigible Victorian fantasists took as their inspiration for neo Gothic.
Here in NZ we have a bunch of neo Gothic, especially in the southern cities - Christchurch & Dunedin.
This piece of neo Gothic extravagance is the 1st Presbyterian Church of Dunedin - Capital of the Presbytarian Province - Otago (what is it about the Scots than made them colonise all the bl**dy cold places?). Steeple chopped off thanks to my nascent rangefinder skills.
Bob - all your photos are magnificent. I too like the rich colours of the unprocessed barn image.
The fence scene is unsettling - very familiar farmland and fence, right down to the star pickets (we call 'em Warratahs, a name borrowed from the Aussies) except for the deciduous trees on the horizon. Here they'd be evergreen "native bush" (indigenous forest) or plantation pinus radiata (Monterey Pine).
Yea, I have noticed many similarities between NZ and where I live from photos I have seen of your landscapes. There are some deciduous trees here but mostly coniferous tress. My photo is a bit deceiving in that respect. Around here we too call the forest the bush. The modern church in the city is strangely enough a Presbyterian church and it does get bl**dy cold around here too. The Scots had a big part in the early development of this area being heavily involved on the fur trade. Fort William, the original name for the city in which I live, was founded as the rendezvous point in the Canadian fur trade after the original rendezvous point was found to be in the US when the border was established.
Deserted house that probably dates to the 1920s or 30s, on a country road not too far from where we live. I shot it one Sunday afternoon when I was just wandering around looking for targets of opportunity.
On the other side of the world, the cathedral at Ely, near Cambridge, U.K.
Post by Michael Fraley on Jan 30, 2010 4:09:42 GMT -5
I like the backlit weeds, sorry I don't know what kind they are, but the brightly lit "furry" parts contrast well with the OOF dark background. The picture directly above, #2, is interesting too -- the dilapidated structure still has a lot of character.