September 27, 2017 · 9:52 am
Aarhus Cathedral, Denmark, Votive Ship.
In many churches in Scandinavia, you’ll see a ship hanging from the ceiling, a symbol of how important the sea is to the Nordic people. The ship reflects an old Nordic tradition of giving offerings for the protection of loved ones at sea and is a reminder of those lost at sea. The ship models are often called votive ships.
The ship model in the Aarhus, Denmark, Cathedral originally served another purpose — it was among those created (probably in the Netherlands) to show Russian Czar Peter the Great what the ships he ordered would look like. The cathedral’s ship (dated 1720) is named Enigheden (English: Unity). The ship carrying the model, however, sunk near the northern coast of Denmark, a reminder of the dangers of the sea. The model survived in good shape and was purchased by Danish fishermen as a gift to the cathedral, which is the largest church in Denmark. The Aarhus Cathedral model ship is also the largest votive ship in Denmark.
Ship model hanging in Akureyri Lutheran Church in Akureyri, Iceland.
What is a Votive Ship?
More Photos of Aarhus Cathedral Ship.
About Aarhus Cathedral.
About Akureyri Church.
Filed under History, Photography, Travel
Tagged as Aarhus, Akureyri, Cathedral, Church, Denmark, Fishermen, History, Iceland, Largest, Model Ship, Nordic, Peter the Great, Photography, Scandanavia, Shipbuilding, Symbol, The Sea, Travel, Votive Ship
September 7, 2017 · 6:41 pm
Driving around Iceland, you can see many small churches on the hillsides, mountain slopes and next to farm buildings. On a visit to Iceland in August 2017, we saw this small church, Silfrastadakirkja, in northcentral Iceland.
The current Silfrastadakirkja Church was built in 1896, replacing the old church from 1842 that now is in Arbaejarsafn Museum in Reykjavik. According to a description I found of this church, this “new” church is thought to be one of the smallest if not the smallest church in Iceland. It is also octagonal, which is unusual. It sits next to a farm house. In the foreground is a hay field with hay bales wrapped in plastic to protect against moisture. A heavy fog hangs over the mountain behind the church.
Like many of the small churches in Iceland, Silfrastadakirkja is white with a red roof. Blue is also another popular color for church roofs. Despite the similarities, each Icelandic church has unique features. In addition to the old churches, there are several new ones built in contemporary designs.
Locations of Churches in Iceland.
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Tagged as Church, Farm, farm house, Field, fog, forest, hay, Iceland, icelandic, mountain, mountains, octagonal, Photography, pine, pines, red roof, Silfrastadakirkja, smallest, Travel, Trees, white church
December 12, 2016 · 1:06 pm
“Is this the real life?
Is this just fantasy?”
(“Bohemian Rhapsody” by Queen)
This is my photograph of the Episcopal Church in Island Pond, Vermont, after removing electrical wires and poles and adding a watercolor filter in Photoshop. Click on the photo to see it in a larger size.
On a recent trip to Vermont, my fantasy was to find a quintessential New England church that was surrounded by trees glowing with brilliant Autumn colors. I found the tree in the Northern Kingdom of Vermont, but it was also surrounded by more than a dozen strings of electrical wires and one large utility pole.
As a long-time journalist, I hesitate to change reality in a photograph, even though the camera does lie somewhat with lens distortion, not capturing true color and other defects, but as an artist I didn’t hesitate one second to remove all of the electrical debris. Easier said than done, though. When you remove an element from a photograph, the deleted spots must be replaced by pixels that look natural. I used the clone brush to make the changes. I didn’t do it all at once, but in about half-hour increments over a series of weeks, because the work was incredibly tedious. I also straightened the photo a little to fix lens distortion.
After many hours, I’m happy with the result. Hope my fantasy looks real! And thanks to my husband Mike and friend Phil who were very patient while I wandered around Island Pond with my camera. There was a gorgeous shot everywhere I looked! I posted these photographs on a couple of websites.
Be sure to click on my post “Fauxtography” Altering reality in a photograph, linked below.
This is my original photograph of the Episcopal Church in Island Pond, Vermont, before I did any editing. Note all of the wires and the guardrail of the street in front of the church. I removed all of that with Photoshop.
“Fauxtography” Altering reality in a photograph.
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Tagged as Autumn, Church, Fauxtography, Foliage, Island Pond, Leaves, New England, Northeast Kingdom, Northern Kingdom, Photo Editing, Photography, Photoshop, Travel, Tree, Trees, Vermont