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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Gallery Seventeen: Memories in Metal and Stone: How monuments, sculpture, and tombs express ideas. > Cloister, Fonseca College, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2004
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Cloister, Fonseca College, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2004
02-SEP-2004

Cloister, Fonseca College, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, 2004

Archbishop Fonseca III founded Fonseca College in Santiago in the 16th century. To offer viewers a good sense of this place, as well as the Archbishop himself, I integrate a section of the cloister with a part of the statue. This image is as much about light and color as it is about things. Once again, a spot meter allows me to expose for the brightest part of the picture the center part of the cloister itself. Everything else in the image becomes underexposed the left side of the cloister, the bush and the statue. Because of these dark shadows, the cloister and statue look old, very old. That is how I wanted this image to feel. We are encouraged to study the image, looking at its now subdued detail. We see a small sculpture of a turbaned figure on the cloister, no doubt a reference to the Moors who once ruled here. A Latin inscription streams cross the top of the picture. I carefully adjusted my camera position to allow the elbow of the Archbishop to just touch the column of the Cloister. He becomes a part of it. His body language is exquisite hunched over, deep in thought, perfect reactions for a man with great responsibilities and ambitions. By using almost a quarter of the picture for that bush, I was able to also to stress the contrast between yesterday and today the greenery flourishes amidst the old stones and metal around it.

Canon PowerShot G5
1/1000s f/4.0 at 28.8mm full exif

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Phil Douglis22-Oct-2004 01:04
Thank, Anna, for being the first to recognize the contrasting ideas expressed in this picture. Essentially it is the story of yesterday and today, expressed in light and shadow.
Anna Yu14-Oct-2004 17:52
Life and death, old and new, light and shadow. A dramatic image that suggests all these things to me. The old stone is particularly beautiful.
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