Description This imposing structure, appropriately located in the city dubbed the 'Protestant Rome,' is the most impressive general monument to the Reformation there is. The giant wall (325 feet long, 30 feet high) dominates the large Parc des Bastions and centers on 15-foot-tall statues of four Geneva luminaries:
Guillaume Farel - the first to preach the Reformation in Geneva John Calvin - leader of the Reformation movement and spiritual father of Geneva Theodore Beza - Calvin's successor, born in Vezelay (France) and known for emphasizing Calvin's doctrine of predestination John Knox - Scottish preacher, friend of Calvin, and founder of Presbyterianism in Scotland
It is ironic to recall that these reformers did not look kindly on statues during their lifetimesand in fact they look very stern indeed. Behind the statues runs the motto shared by the Reformation and Geneva: Post Tenebras Lux ('After Darkness, Light').
The four Genevan reformers are flanked by smaller statues of major Protestant figures, bas-reliefs, and inscriptions. One of the reliefs shows Roger Williams and the pilgrim fathers praying on the deck of the Mayflower; another features the 1689 presentation of the Bill of Rights to the King William of Orange by the English Parliament.
Priscilla Turner, Vancouver, BC, Canada Member Since May 2007 Artist StatementI HAVE BEEN PHOTOGRAPHING since the 1950s. In 1960, when I brought home my first colour slides in 35mm format, my father said that one would "never get anything worthwhile off those ridiculous little frames", and that "It's not really photography, of course, those pretty colours". He had started me off with an 8X10 view camera and plates. No colour emulsion at that stage would resolve anything like what a good 35mm lens would put on it. Little did Daddy know how emulsions would nowadays reach equilibrium with lenses, or that modern scanning would enable us to make big prints even from faded, grainy 35mm Agfachromes 50 or more years old. He would have been astonished, but probably also delighted, by the development of digital imaging.The resolution in my oldest originals is not high, but the conception was often good, even 'painterly'.
I used film until 2007.
WHAT I HAVE PHOTOGRAPHED is nearly always what I should paint if I were a painter. I think of my scenic shots as a way to remind myself of what it felt like to stand in places where I shall never stand again. They may perhaps enable others to feel that they can just walk through the frame into these same places.
One or two B&W images in my galleries started life as coloured, and are offered in both forms. Not all are suitable for conversion that way. Any may be made available in B&W if you request it. But bear in mind that B&W is a different way of seeing. I will also do crops and composites to order, by making a new file and uploading to my CROPSandCOMPOSITES gallery.
For buyers in the Vancouver BC area, I will make unmatted prints at up to 13 x 44 ins. for half my IK price, using IK's 'container' sizes as the reference. For ten or more same-size copies of the same image, I will discount. Payment in advance by PayPal only, pickup in person.