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Phil Douglis | all galleries >> Galleries >> Gallery Twenty Five: Stimulating the imagination with “opposites and contradictions” > Church and satellite dishes, Chinatown, New York City, New York, 2009
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Church and satellite dishes, Chinatown, New York City, New York, 2009

The Church of the Transfiguration was erected in 1801 by the English Lutheran Church and sold to the Catholic Church of the Transfiguration in 1853. More than 200 years later, it still looms over Chinatown, and offers service in Cantonese, Mandarin, and English. I photographed only its distinctive green steeple, contrasting it to the abstracted pair of satellite dishes on a neighboring rooftop. A rooftop triangle, made out of metal staves, echoes the triangular shapes on the church steeple. The satellite dishes and the old church stand in contradiction -- they represent entirely different ways of sharing knowledge. On the other hand, both the steeple and the dishes aim upwards – each harvesting the mysteries of life, yet in strikingly different ways.

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Phil Douglis31-Mar-2009 00:16
Thanks, Chris -- I try to see things in their context, and often subject and context can be juxtaposed for meaning. Thanks.
Chris Sofopoulos30-Mar-2009 20:38
Very nicely seen Phil. I like this juxtaposition!
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