Weatherbeaten Church Door Photograph - Blue and Red Battered Church Door Wall Art Photo - Black Iron Strap Hinges - Architecture Photos


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Canon Camera, Archival Photograph Paper, Soft Lustre Finish Photo Paper


Height: 8 Inches; Width: 10 Inches

On a pretty old church in western Pennsylvania, the battered, weatherbeaten door seen in this architecture photograph stands where it has always stood, keeping the elements out of the sanctuary as it always has. But the painted wooden door's vigilance has been paid for in the loss of its beauty and its coverings. As the photo of the old church door shows, the door was once a warm blue with a kiss of turquoise; a brilliant red; and once, long ago, simple, lovely laquered wood. The years of protection have now been revealed, with each layer, each period in the life of the door laid bare for us.

The church door's black wrought iron strap hinges, like long-stemmed flowers lain across the doors, are the only part of the church door not displaying a great deal of wear. The iron door handle, too, topped with a flourish reminiscent of an evergreen tree, remains uniformly onyx.

Photograph Title: Battered
Print Size: 8x10 with a .9-1" white border; please ask about additional sizes
Photograph Orientation: Vertical
Photograph Taken In: Sewickley, Pennsylvania, USA

The dominant colour in this photo, as on the door, is blue; thus it is clearly the most recently added coat. Perhaps the blue was chosen simply for its loveliness, but I can't help thinking the clergyman in charge at the time chose it because it makes us think of loyalty, steadfastness, and faithfulness—all things that would bring to parishoners' minds not only God's faithfulness, but that which is required of them.

Beneath that soothing blue, we see large swaths of red—not ruby red, but scarlet or crimson, bright and bold. Red is a popular colour for church doors; I've photographed many red church doors, and wonder if it is related to the Biblical conception of redemption through sacrifice. These swaths of scarlet paint on the simple wooden church door are laced by white paint or, more likely, primer, and beneath even that, the layers have been worn down to the warm colour of the wood itself, as if the real colour of the church door wishes to be seen once again after years of being covered.

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• The limited-edition architecture photo print you receive will not be watermarked.

• I personally sign & number the back of each art photograph. After 776 prints are made, the edition is closed and the photograph will no longer be available for sale.

• My photographs are professionally printed at the highest resolution on archival photo paper with a matte finish to be smudge, fade, and water resistant.

• Very few of my documentary art photographs are a standard print or frame size; thus each print has a slender white border surrounding the photograph itself. This border not only allows you to buy a frame 'off the rack', but serves to lend a bit of additional protection to the actual photograph itself from any serious damage.

• A signed Certificate of Authenticity is included with each photo print.

• Signed photographs are carefully wrapped in acid-free tissue, sandwiched between pieces of foam core, and mailed First Class. Once I have a tracking number, it will be sent to you.

• My monitor is professionally calibrated for colour; therefore, the colours in your received print may be slightly different from what you see displayed online.

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As few of my finished photographs are standard frame size, each of my photographic prints has a white border all the way around the image. This not only means you can buy a frame 'off the rack' if you do not want a custom frame, but the white border does protect the image itself from errant fingerprints or other unintentional damage.
Since these photographs are my own interpretation of the sights as seen by me, I am sorry, but I generally will not make a colour photo black & white or vice-versa. Occasionally during post-production I'll be unable to decide which I like better and publish both, but while it does happen, it's not often, and the image I do release is not arbitrary, but the one I think best suits the subject and composition. Thanks for understanding this.


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