Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Grandeur of the Romanesque

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The ancient architects of the Mediterranean cultures could never have imagined that their styles would be seen as epitomising the respectable, dignified establishment thousands of years later, but even today the Classical and Romanesque styles automatically suggest grandeur and power. This example is on the corner of King William Street and Currie Street in Adelaide, South Australia, a 19th century building in a colony eager to establish itself swiftly as a modern and respected corner of a far-flung empire. The photograph was taken at medium telephoto to exclude all surrounding information and concentrate solely on the play of symmetry and light, the texture of the stone and glass. Sharpened and contrast- and colour-balanced. Fuji FinePix S5600, automatic; April, 2009. Image by Mike.

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