Sally D’s Mobile Photography Challenge: Challenger’s Choice–Black and White “Amor”

For this week’s mobile phoneography challenge by Sally at Lens and Pens, I am posting a shot taken at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  The Amor statue from the Vanderbilt Mantelpiece is a stunning statue, over 15 feet tall.  Created by August Saint Gaudens for the entryway of the Vanderbilt mansion at 5th Avenue and 57 Street, the massive mantel was flanked by twin statues of Amor (love) and Pax (Peace).  An inscription welcomed the visitor:   “The house at its threshold gives evidence of the master’s good will. Welcome to the guest who arrives; farewell and helpfulness to him who departs.”  It still holds the record for the largest private residence built in Manhattan.  However, the welcome mat wasn’t rolled out for very long.  The house was demolished in 1925.  Why?  I don’t know.  I couldn’t find an answer from a brief online search.

You’ll see that I’ve cropped and post processed this image several ways.  Which one do you prefer?

Version 1: Amor with Poster Edges Filter

Amor with Poster Edges Filter.

Amor with Poster Edges Filter.

Version 2: Amor with Topaz Filter

Amor with Topaz Dust Removal Filter.

Amor with Topaz Dust Removal Filter.

Original Shot Taken with the Samsung Galaxy S5:

Original Image. Amor from the Vanderbilt Mantelpiece. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Original Image. Amor from the Vanderbilt Mantelpiece. Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Complete Vanderbilt Mantelpiece

The Vanderbilt Mantelpiece. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

The Vanderbilt Mantelpiece. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

I’d love to hear your thoughts!  And have a wonderful week, everyone.

My fellow mobile photography challengers and our intrepid leader, Sally D:

Sally Donatello

Janet at Sustainabilitea

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  1. I prefer the first version, and really find it to be more enticing in monochrome. The details are made clear and ethereal all at once, which is how history is, to be appreciated for the facts and to be interpreted at a distance. Happy Photo Challenge.

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    • Absolutely, Janet. There’s no indication of scale, except for the fact that I had to look directly up to take the shot at the Metropolitan Museum. It is truly huge! Thanks so much for your feedback. 🙂

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