Heroes And Movements

Posted by MadScientist (Düsseldorf, Germany) on 18 September 2010 in Art & Design.

Prague's Jan Hus monument, in the background the Týn church.

Hus was a reformer of the church (something he would have to pay for with his life later), and is considered a predecessor of Protestantism. Hundred years later, Martin Luther would give credit to Hus. It is an interesting fact that both reformators became symbolic figures of national movements in their appropriate countries. If this was something they had in mind besides all religious issues or if their protest was a welcomed occasion for the awakening civic class (usually merchants), which would later benefit from a tamed civil religion, would give an interesting matter of research. Similarly interesting would be the question which role the vanity of these religious leaders played. At least Luther didn't want a schism at first place, but later, when his Protestantism became part of a social and national movement (shaking Europe for at least 200 years), things went off course and he might have been driven more than he was able to control the situation.

Phil Morris from Canada

A very striking presentation today.

18 Sep 2010 5:13am

@Phil Morris: Thanks, Phil!

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Well, I don't pretend to understand the twisted history of driven thought there but I sure feel those walls have shielded some dark deeds thru the years !

18 Sep 2010 9:27am

@Ronnie 2¢: Yes, and they were closed. All the time; we couldn't get into that church!

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Dramatic rendition!

18 Sep 2010 2:32pm

@Japanalia: You bet! :-)

Bear from Cambridge, United Kingdom

Love your treatment of this view; the high contrast BW works well and seems to have brought out more detail on the Hus monument than I remeber it having.

18 Sep 2010 3:26pm

@Bear: It's rather massive, and converting it to B/W while adding a bit more contrast brought it to life.

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

good tones & PP MS!

18 Sep 2010 4:11pm

@Ted: Thanks a lot!

Michael from Chester, United Kingdom

Impressive B&W image, the contrast gives it a dramatic look. A lovely shot Manfred.

18 Sep 2010 11:07pm

@Michael: Many thanks, Mike!

Dana from Burbank, United States

Incredible detail in this B&W. Absolutely majestic. While you're focusing on Hus v. Luther, I'm looking at the church behind him.

18 Sep 2010 11:33pm

@Dana: ...which was unfortunately closed all the time.

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Au ! You are really very , very mad when doing in mono . This is so aggressive, so fabulous processing !

19 Sep 2010 2:02pm

@MARIANA: If you like it, then I'm satisfied. :)

akarui from Kagoshima, Japan

Beautiful contrast in this BW picture.

20 Sep 2010 12:19am

@akarui: Thanks a lot!

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

sure , I love it .... not so many people on Am3 do a good mono .. I have two of them I visit often, and now you are among them with BW quality !

20 Sep 2010 4:44pm

@MARIANA: Many thanks for this great compliment!

Christine Walsh from Astoria, NY, United States

I love the b/w. The difference in the church and the house (?) is great. Why is the bottom of the statute so white? Does that have to do with sun?

22 Sep 2010 11:47am

@Christine Walsh: Or with the pigeons maybe? I think it's only verdigris.


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