Photographer's Note

Berns late-Gothic Mnster, with its feathery spire the highest in Switzerland towering over the Old Town and its sonorous bells dominating the quiet city, is a reverential and quite awe-inspiring place, both for its lofty, gloomy interior and the terrific views from its tower.

The spectacular depiction of the Last Judgement is one of the only remaining unified examples of such late-Gothic sculpture in Europe. The 170 smaller figures are the fifteenth-century originals, but the 47 larger freestanding pieces were replaced by copies in 1964 and the originals now sit in the Bernisches Historisches Museum. The left half of the portal depicts the saved, the right half the damned: you can imagine that the graphic, didactic counterpoint between the beatific smiles of one side and the naked, screaming torment of the other would have appealed even to the iconoclastic Reformers, who chose to spare it from destruction. In the very centre is Justice, flanked by angels, the Wise and Foolish Virgins and, above, the Archangel Michael wielding a sword and scales. (see WS)

This little figure on a corner attracted my attention even more than the Last Judgement scene as it depicted a terrifying pain and horror. It was a challenge to take this shot as the figure was quite high above the wall. I tried a little high key approach. You can see another shot in the ws, which may give you an idea about the height and the original sky.

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Mnster Katedrali Isvicre'nin en yuksek kulesine sahip, gotik tarzda yapilmis bir bina. Tarihi 1224'lere dayaniyor. Giriste, 170 kucuk, 47 buyuk heykelden olusan meshur Kiyamet Gunu tasviri var. Bu kucuk heykel benim ilgimi daha cok cekti. High key birsey denemek istedim. Baska bir cekimi ve Last Judgement sahnesini ws'da gorebilirsiniz.

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