A little bit of serenity in the commercial district on Glendora Avenue in Glendora, California. Shop windows are a great subject for practicing your image capture skills. Many windows are dull, or “junked up” or just sort of “thrown together”, but then you come upon the occasional interesting or artistically arranged window, and if the lighting is not working against you (reflections on window glass, opposing color temperatures between incandescent lighting and full daylight, clean glass) and you might capture something interesting.
Here is another outpost of The Hat (my last Hat post), this one is located on old Route 66 in Glendora, California. I was out in the parking lot and on the sidewalk capturing images while Judy was inside, getting us a grilled cheese sandwich. The folks inside were apparently mystified why some guy would be outside taking photos of their restaurant. Easy answer: The Hat is an iconic roadside eatery with great graphics, and we dig their menu of foods that our medical practioners would tell us to avoid.
Glendora United Methodist Church, Glendora, California. What caught me eye when I came upon this scene was the placement of the church entrance right on the apex of the corner, I found it quite welcoming, and I also like the proportions of the entire building, how it seems to fit perfectly on the lot and is framed by the mature trees.
A typical winter day in Southern, California. Church of Jesus Christ, Latter Day Saints, on old Route 66 in Glendora, CA; the San Gabriel mountains in the background.
A doorway leading to 165, 167 and 169 North Glendora Avenue, Glendora, California. What worlds lie behind this doorway? You will have to pass through the portal to find out.
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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One can make the argument that any given city hall building is a monument to self (those that founded and developed the city). Here is a monument in front of a monument. The Glendora, California City Hall, “guarded” by a monument in the form of an obelisk that was erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution on the city’s centennial, although it would appear from the inscription that the obelisk is another monument to self:
IN COMMEMORATION OF
THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY
OF THE CITY OF GLENDORA
THE SEVENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE INCORPORATION OF THE CITY OF GLENDORA
THE TWENTY-FIFTH ANNIVERSARY OF
THE PRESENTATION OF
THE CENTURLON VAULT AND OBELISK
THIS MARKER IS PLACED AND DEDICATED OCTOBER 1985
DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
MRS. ROYAL WHATLEY – REGENT
MRS. BARBARA ALBRECHT – HISTORIAN
MRS. RALPH FISHER – ADVISOR
This facade and entry of the Peaches & Cream Day Spa were captured just up the street from the corner where we started a walk to capture shop windows, Foothill & Glendora Avenue, in Glendora, California. (Depicted in the Waiting For The Light image from this past Monday.) I had a heck of a time trying to get the horizontal lines straight in this image, lines towards the top seemed at odds with lines at the bottom. There is a slight incline of this street as it heads up towards the mountains, I think I might have been better off if I had just made the roof line perfectly level, instead of compromising between the levelness of the roof line and the levelness of the baseline of the building.