Saturday, May 3, 2014

Humanities and Photography: Morong (Bataan) Church - A Photo Study of Baroque Architecture

Humanities and Photography: Morong (Bataan) Church - A Photo Study of Baroque Architecture
Humanities:  Characteristics of Baroque Art 
Dr Abe V Rotor 

This is a series of photographs taken by a palm-size digital camera, with "point-and-shoot" ease and convenience.  And pronto! you can check on the monitor screen. This is how photos are taken today with the proliferation of digital cameras.  

This article is a simple reference not so much on the technical aspect of photography, but on creativity, considering that photography is a tool and expression of art. And like art and its various forms, the elements are basically the same: perspective, contrast, unity, balance, harmony, color, and such aspects as naturalness and adequacy or completeness. 

And the most important which is often missed by amateur artists and photographers are: specific subject, theme, and message.  

Suggestion: Describe each photo using as criteria the elements of art as mentioned.  








Questions to answer:

1. After studying these photos, what are the characteristics of Baroque architecture as compared to Gothic architecture? What are the commonalities of Baroque churches in the Philippines and in Renaissance Europe?

2. How would you relate Baroque architecture with Baroque music as in Four Seasons by Antonio Vivaldi? How about Gothic architecture with the music of Chopin and Mozart?

3. Describe Baroque and Gothic arts in our present era of Postmodernism. 

NOTE: These photos were taken by the author on April 26, 2014.  They were minimally edited using the Adobe Photoshop. 

Morong is a third class municipality in the province of Bataan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 26,171 people.  It is home to the Subic Bay International Airport, the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, and the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center. Morong was formerly known as Moron.
The municipality is accessible via the Bataan Provincial Expressway, off Exit 65. (Wikipedia)

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