Friday, December 7, 2007

Modern Glass, Old Theme

Continuing from the city of Gouda and the stained glass in the St. Janskerk.

Not all of the windows are over 300 years old. This one is the "Liberation" window by Charles Eyck from 1947.

While the window has obvious celebratory elements (the dutch flag takes center stage), there are dark elements too. If you click to enlarge the photo, look around the edges, particularly toward the bottom left where you'll see concentration camp victims huddling.

Unfortunately, since I was standing some distance away from the window, I can't isolate the detail without it becoming pixelated. I'd love to get in there with a tripod someday, but I don't think it will happen as officially I wasn't even supposed to be taking pictures during our visit.


Michelle said...

What a rebel you are, taking pics where it's forbidden. :P

In any event, if you take pictures this striking, you should keep shooting wherever and whenever you feel like it! The detail you've captured on the window, even at a distance, is amazing, and the colors are so vivid!

I'm not sure I would have noticed the concentration camp victims without your pointing them out, but after I saw them I saw what looks like some wounded soldiers on the right side, with crutches. And above them, some unhappy-looking people who might be in the process of being marched away?

Great picture!


pusa said...

what a beautiful stained glass!

Barbara said...

Wish I could be there so see the changing light during the day. I'm sure the colors and intensities are so beautiful.

b.c. said...

That's an awesome shot--thanks for pointing out things to look at, with all that detail, it was very helpful...

'Through-JoAnn's-Digital-Eyes' said...

Hi R,

Just the way I walked thrugh Paris in the musea , some were forbidden to photogrph and its almost everywehere "not done' But I ma so glad you took this one, Thanks for sharing!Thanks for commenting last week on my blog.

I posted again some Paris Pics in case you are interested, just visit my blog and look:)I wish you a good weekend

Greetings JoAnn:)