As the title suggests, this is the side door of the Iglesia de la Merced, one of the dozens of churches that serve as trustworthy landmarks in Quito’s historical center. Despite this outward appearance, the church, which dates back to the early 18th century, has been fairly-well restored and nicely maintained.
In late March the church hosted a fantastic performance by the American Spiritual Ensemble, one of the handful of concerts I attended in Quito this past spring that brought me to tears. Here’s a 23 image gallery, please check it out. I also posted and filed some images from the church’s Palm Sunday service; those will give you a decent idea of what the interior looks like when it hosts a packed mass.
While prepping this shot for a stock agency, I decided to play with it a bit in monochrome. It doesn’t have quite the full true black to true white range I generally aim for in black and white work, but I do like the texture, the feel. Below is the full true color version which in this case I prefer. Do you?
And for the record, today’s Pic du Jour, the blog’s 517th straight, was shot on 27 April 2015 in Quito, Ecuador and is linked to B&W Sunday: Macro on Lost in Translation. I don’t consider this image macro, but it is a close-up. 🙂