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St. Josef, Aachen

Posted by
MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 9 June 2010 in Art & Design.

Probably St. Mary, as she is accompanied by a male statue, located around the small altar at St. Josef's. In the background one of the walls with alcoves, where the urns are placed into.

António Pires from Lisbon, Portugal

Interesting way to show the wall with the urns, placing them in the background and giving the focus to the statue in the foreground. Rather good.

9 Jun 2010 10:06am

@António Pires: Many thanks, António!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Such beautiful work in the figure . . the natural wood stands so well against the stone here.

9 Jun 2010 10:51am

@Ronnie 2¢: Excellent 19C work, parishes start to rediscover them slowly.

Phil David Alexander Morris from Saskatoon, Canada

Love this angle, showing architecture and the wood of the statue, noticed it yesterday. Just looking at her face, she is beautifully carved. Very beautiful shot.

9 Jun 2010 11:02am

@Phil David Alexander Morris: Thanks very much, Phil!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Very nicely done :) Love this closeup , with beautiful tones and texture !

9 Jun 2010 11:56am

@MARIANA: Her husband (the other statue) is a nice one, too! :-)

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

A great close-up of St. Mary showing lots of detail and texture. The wood has a nice warm effect against the background.

9 Jun 2010 12:41pm

@Steven: Figures like this were long hidden in cellars, if not sold or even trashed, because parishes deemed them old-fashioned or inappropriate. Unbelievable, eh?

B.Held from Santa Fe, United States

Very creative! Amazing composition and great tones! Excellent work!

9 Jun 2010 1:35pm

@B.Held: Thanks so much, B.!

PD from Overland Park, Kansas, United States

Nice comp and details!

9 Jun 2010 2:46pm

@PD: Thanks, PD!

Andrea from Regina, Canada

Great picture. Your comp works really well, and the lighting is perfect.

9 Jun 2010 6:40pm

@Andrea: It was much darker there than it appears here: more then 10 seonds exposure, if memory recalls correctly.

Philip from South Wales, United Kingdom

Very creative and nice carpentry.

9 Jun 2010 7:49pm

@Philip: I'm glad they 'reactivated' them, as many of these statues and other historistic decor were removed in past years, because they were deemed old-fashioned and inappropriate.

Lori from Michigan, United States

lovely photo, the warm tones of the wood are fantastic.

9 Jun 2010 10:09pm

@Lori: Many thanks, Lori!

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Superbe rendu et belle verticalité.

9 Jun 2010 10:23pm

@DowsherVision: Merci beaucoup, DowsherVision!

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

For once I have nothing funny to say - so I will just say fantastic!

10 Jun 2010 12:51am

@Christine Walsh: I'm fine with this. ;-)

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Nice details on this wooden statue.

10 Jun 2010 9:40am

@akarui: Yes, very fine work: St. Joseph is a fine statue, too. You normally don't come that close to them.

Laurent from Lyon, France

a makes a very beautiful portrait.
First the statue is very expressive, very human like
Secondly it is well presented with a very good close framing and DOF

11 Jun 2010 11:20am

@Laurent: Many thanks, Laurent! Indeed, this Mary is less Queen of Heaven but a more grounded woman.

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

A beautiful statue with such a wonderful expression stays guardian to the urns.....but this is such a sublime thought, you'd have no fear.....A great take!!!

20 Jun 2010 7:07am

@Japanalia: Many thanks, Gabriela!