Images & Observations

Monument To A Deity

Nikon D7000 10-24mm @ 17mm ISO 800 1/250 f/16 +2EV -2EV Lr4 HEP1, TpzSim; PsCS5

Returning to where this blog left at the beginning of last week, we are back in the city of Glendora, California where we captured another monumental structure, the First Christian Church.  As the title of this post implies, on the surface the church building is a monument to the Christian Deity, however, I submit that it is really a monument to the people who founded this church.  Those who organized and brought the first congregants together, who raised the funding and navigated through the process of building and furnishing the structure.  Given that Christian religions see God as a manifestation of Man, I have to draw the conclusion that while church building’s may serve to celebrate, revere and worship their related Deities, the buildings themselves really serve as a monument to those persons who have successfully promoted the philosophical values embraced by their peer leaders.  The people founded, nurtured and sustained the church, not some mystic Deity.

I am intrigued by the dark tones of  the windows and other structural elements against the stark whiteness of the concrete structure, it really leaves me with a feeling of severity.  Kind of like the severity of a religious zealot obsessed with punishing those who might transgress the moral standards of the zealot.

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9 responses

  1. The churches are always monuments to their builders, but I think it is necessary to recognize that they are also monuments to what those builders believed. It is part of the architectural vocabulary, just as capitalism is t

    March 19, 2012 at 6:10 AM

  2. ,,, forgive my clumsiness … Just as capitalism is to the skyscraper, National Socialism to Albert Speer’s work, or Zen Buddhism to the Japanese rock garden. I enjoy your work.

    March 19, 2012 at 6:16 AM

    • Thanks for your comment and for stopping by, Dennis.

      March 19, 2012 at 8:30 AM

  3. Nice post, Wayne. This is a lovely building, captured and processed very nicely.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:59 PM

  4. love the colors – that blue window really catches the eye.

    March 19, 2012 at 6:11 PM

    • Thanks, Sheila. So you didn’t think the blue was overpowering?

      March 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM

  5. Nice job here man, like the clean whites.

    March 21, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    • Thanks, Aaron. I was lucky to have that sky and those windows to play the whites off of.

      March 29, 2012 at 11:02 AM

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