Kirche Sankt-Georg   4 comments


St George wm

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Nothing straight, here…

The St. Georg Protestant Church is located in the historic city center of Hattingen, Germany. Of all buildings in Hattingen, it is surely the one most noticed from afar.

The church was built in 1200 from local Ruhr sandstone. Remains of a Roman pillar base and two column bases from the period after 820 were discovered in 1972 during excavations inside the church.

Since the building anchors the town center, there are many good approaches for a photo, but I think this angle shows it best. The rough cobblestone street and the crooked medieval buildings give a sense of disarray to the scene, so although I straightened up a few lines here and there, it is difficult to find a good point of reference for vertical and horizontal lines. I thought it was better to have a sense of crazy angles in the scene.

Lest you think I went too far with Photoshop’s puppet warp feature, the church’s steeple is truly tilted to one side. Evidently this is one of about 90 listed (and listing) church steeples with this attribute. Some theories suggest that it was built this way deliberately, so that if a storm took down the steeple, it wouldn’t fall on the nave. Others suggest that it’s due to the revenge of an underpaid carpenter. The way I see it, if you put all that slate on a skinny little structure, it’s going to start leaning at some point.

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4 responses to “Kirche Sankt-Georg

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  1. Looks like the skys in Germany alright, haha. Great shot Rob. Will send you a update on my eBook soon.

  2. It’s a terrific shot Rob. Love how you’ve processed it.

  3. I reckon you’ve done a good job with the lines – I’m a great fan of Transform – it solves a lot of architectural difficulties for me. What I like most about this is the almost monochromatic nature to most of the buildings except for occasional islands of colour that help point to the stone wall of the Church. Good POV, Rob.

  4. Nice street scene, I did have Puppet Warp in my head looking at the steeple, that’s really different looking

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