In response to the Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds.
Back again with theme that teaches me a thing about photography. This time, Daily Post make us hunt a photo of a subject which is placed off-center–a very basic concept in photography that sometimes still makes me difficult in capturing image :haha. Guess I should learn more about this, practically.
This concept is based on a fact that a photo will look much better when the object isn’t placed in the middle of the photo. A little bit to the left, or a little bit to the right, will do just fine. And I agree it is, as the centered photo will look too… plain.
But how much? As a relative rule, many photographer experts have said that when you divide the screen into nine regions proportionally, than the subject will look better if placed at the intersection of those lines.
Ha… what am I talking about. Photography isn’t my thing (yet). So, without any other formalities, this is my entry: “Three Sisters.”
Stained glass art has always make me amazed in watching them, with its colors, shapes, and stories behind it. This stained glass can be found in De Javasche Bank’s building in Jl. Pintu Besar Utara, at the western plaza of the building. The building is now known as Bank Indonesia Museum, the official museum of Indonesia’s central bank.
Actually, this isn’t the stained glass which is exactly about the three sisters. The stained glass that I want to show actually placed at the northern part of the building, the greatest stained glass in this building, I think. That glass shows three goddess that believed by the company are rulers of the three biggest cities in Dutch East Indie at that time–as long as I can remember, they are Persephone, Demeter, and Aphrodite. But unfortunately, nowadays we’re not allowed to go to the northern part of the museum. I don’t know why :huhu.
So let’s just go back into the photo. Those three sisters in my entry is, indeed, three biggest cities in Indonesia (at that time): Batavia, Soerabaja (Surabaya), and Samarang (Semarang).
In relation to where I took the pictures, you may infer that the cities held important positions in the bank’s activity. And it was. Batavia was the capital of Dutch East Indie. Soerabaja was (and is) famous as a big port city in Java. And Samarang, it’s well-known as the headquarter of the Dutch East Indie Railway Company (Nederlandsch Indische Spoorweg Maatschappij), the first railway company in Java.
The stained glass shows coat of arms of those cities at that time, as today the government isn’t using those coat of arms anymore. But I think, only Surabaya which still use that picture as its escutcheon (but in a little different style), as the city’s escutcheon today still consist the fish and the crocodile. Except that there is Tugu Pahlawan now in the middle of the city’s symbol.
And before you Samarang residents get angry with me because your city’s coat of arms got cropped, here it is, the extended version of those coat of arms:
I think Samarang’s is the most beautiful–with the lion and the goddess. Think of Narnia–the lion, the witch, and the wardrobe (just kidding, Samarang people!).
There are a lot of stained glass in the buildigs at Oud Batavia. Of course, a lot of coat of arms, too. Here, you can find the escutcheons of Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Delft, Enkhuizen, Hoorn, and Middleburg just in one old-looking room partition :hehe. One can also find the escutcheons of Batavia, Soerabaja, Samarang, and of course, Amsterdam, placed side-by-side on a certain building’s wall in Oud Batavia.
So, have you explored the old city today?