Very good composition!
I feel flattered to get such a complement from such a great photographer, but I personally see the picture as both off center and very noisy. But thanks for the complement anyway!
Well Vargas, actually I'm just a begginer in photography, it's offcenter allright, but I like it anyway! the offcenter seems deliberate to show the vitrals.
Chapel, not cathedral.
Okay, yeah, I guess; but when you've been to Europe buildings like this are known as cathedrals.
A building like this whether in Europe, the USA or anywhere in the world is only known as a cathedral if it is an Anglican or Roman Catholic church where a Bishop is the pastor. Duke University is a Methodist school. Methodists don't have cathedrals. The proper name of this building as it is known at Duke and throughout the region is "Duke Chapel". Why not call it that? If you are trying to describe the architecture, why not refer to it as "Neogothic" or, if you must "cathedral-like"?
"Okay, yeah, I guess; but when you've been to Europe buildings like this are known as cathedrals."
No, that is simply not true at all.
A cathedral is the diocesan seat of a bishop. Ther term "cathedral" referes to the function of a building and has nothing to do with the architecture. A cathedral could be the size of my living room - or the size of Duke Chapel - which is what this building is called. Please change the title of your photograph.
All that aside, this is a very nice picture of Duke Chapel, by the way! =)
Duke University is an independent secular institution, it is not Methodist. To be sure, it has a graduate School of Divinity and an undergraduate Department of Religion. The Methodist connection and history derives from the Carolina and Western Carolina Conferences of the United Methodist Church, which have long held 24 of 36 seats on the university's Board of Trustees.
jdawg316, a word means much more than its strict definition. In this case, buildings like this one are definitely called cathedrals (or catedral, cathédrale, kathedrale, etc.) by the people, and since the function of the definition of a word is ultimately to model the word's usage, Duke Chapel can be called a cathedral. Perhaps I should remove the capitalization from Cathedral, but then again it lies in the title of a "work of art" (strictly speaking--this is not one of my better pictures) and thus it is fine if I capitalize it. Succinctly, you have no authority to be demanding (yes, one can be demanding even if he or she says "please") that I change the name and can at most request that I consider a change in the name of my photograph. Still, I see your reasoning and will change the title.
Andy, thank you for changing your title. You are correct that as the artist you have the right to name your work as you see fit. When you do so you open yourself up to criticism by the public and in this case you struck two nerves. First, for those of us familar with Duke Chapel, you've called it by the wrong name (like if I were to address you as Andrea). Second, you've generated a religious contraversy by using a very specific catholic or Anglican term out of context. Again, you are right, words mean more than their definition. In this case it means that either you are unaware of what the words cathedra and cathedral mean or you just don't care. Thank you for being sensitive to those of us who do know and do care.
As for whether Duke University is United Methodist, I don't know . I do know that the dean of Duke Chapel is a United Methodist minister and their normal lituries are of that denomination.
Cathedral is NOT ONLY FOR Roman Catholics and Anglicans. Easter Orthodox, Eastern Catholics, Old Catholics, Independant Catholics, Lutherans, and (YES) some Methodists have cathedrals.
For example the Cathedral of the Rockies is a United Methodist Cathedral and the Mount Olive Cathedral is a Christian Methodist Episcopal cathedral. Duke Chapel, although built in a cathedral-like style is a chapel, by name and deffinition.
this is beyond stupid. It's a great pic, and you've captured it beautifully. I can't believe there is such a raging debate on the title, and you have been very gracious. Maybe everyone shouldn't be so uptight about the classification of a building. God will dwell there either way. Half the problem with religion today is that something like that can cause a "religious contraversy(check your spelling). I'm sure that is an important theological debate. That's silly pretention. Just enjoy the picture.
As the photographer admits, this is not a good example of this motif... at all. There are hundreds of expert captures of the interior of this beautiful chapel.
Nevertheless, an interesting discussion!
cathedral: from the latin: cathedra; from the greek for 'seat'(kathedra) or 'bench'; or from 'kata' meaning 'down' and 'hedra' meaning "chair, base or seat". In the christian tradition it is the seat of a bishop within an episcopal hierarchy (i.e. Roman, Anglican, Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, (et al).
Whether the following is true or not, from what I understand from a recent broadcast on PBS about Cathedrals, it does not matter the size or configuration of the building, a cathedral is where the bishop sits. It can be a little store front underneath the elevated... if that is where you bishop's pulpit is... it's a cathedral.
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