If you were to hop in the pickup truck and ride along with me west out of town toward the reservoir, soon after we turned off onto the dirt roads to get to the water, this edifice would loom up on the horizon. It is a large, unfinished church. This shell has sat there unfinished for some years now, long abandoned. It is an interesting place to visit with a camera.
As a general rule--as I am advised by the unhinged Québécois and Steve Isaac, the master blaster in black and white--we deal with a difference of the equivalent of two f-stops between the brightness in the shade and the brightness in the open sun in the case of outdoor photographs. (That was not the most elegant way to express what I was trying to express, but it will have to do until I think of a better way to say it.) Where I live there is a significantly bigger spread, especially at midday. Even the best photographers struggle with that in the great state of Guanajuato. Over-exposed back lit areas, washed out skies, blacked out areas in the shade, etc.
On the other hand--and the reason that I bring the subject up--one does get these nice, crisp shadows to play with.
Photos of the interior can create some interesting abstract effects because of the shadows. Also, you can play with surrealism a bit. Who was that painter associated with the Surrealism Movement who often featured representative images floating amid surreal abstractions? I believe that I am thinking of Chirico, but I am too lazy to look it up.
I am like a kid out there, exploring, checking out the nooks and crannies, crawling up on the roof.
And by the way, these photos are not a violation of my oath never to publish any more photographs of churches in any of my blogs. This building never officially became a church. As it stands, it is merely another piece of nondescript, abandoned construction. That is the loophole of which I am availing myself this time.
A couple of my friend the unhinged Québécois' takes on the place done last June are here . . . or not, depending on whether you click the link.
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