Gabled Red Window
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This image grabbed me from the moment I first saw it. I was at the southernmost tip of Isla Mujeres, MX (Island of Women), at a place called, appropriately enough, Punta Sur (Southern tip). There, at the very end of this long and narrow island, stood a tall weatherbeaten structure covered with white clapboard overlooking the Caribbean. What caught my eye initially was the bright red window tucked in under the exposed gable. I don’t know the purpose of the building, although it appeared abandoned, or even the age. It was just one of those old wooden structures you find so often on the coastlines of various oceans around the world.
Two metaphors immediately jumped out at me: First, that of an old woman (herself a weatherbeaten relic of a bygone era) who still had enough vanity to apply her garish red lipstick; the second, of the mother church, with its red cross in the window pronouncing the blood of Christ in holy communion. Maybe it was the name of the island that set me to pondering the two female metaphors. I am not a religious man, and when I do consider my spiritual path it is much more Taoist and Buddhist in flavor (in a philosophical sense rather than a religious sense). So these metaphors are just observations and not explanations—what do you see?
The next thing that struck me was the antiquity or age of the place, the weathered patina on the old clapboard siding, the textures, the colors and the geometric patterns. The whole scene just raised a lot of unanswered questions, and still remains a mystery to me. I love images that provoke an emotional response. For me—this one does. I can’t explain it, I can only feel it. There just has to be a story there waiting for an author to unlock it—Nicholas Sparks?
Photographer’s note: Shot with my Canon EOS 5D Mk2 camera and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens (1/320s @ f/5.6, ISO 100, FL=85mm). Captured in CameraRAW and converted in PSE11. Processed HDR to maximize exposure and to reduce contrast. Converted to a Classical Oil Painting effect for printing on canvas.