Stained Glass Fiasco

November 14, 2011 — 4 Comments

It’s shocking, what you come across on the internet. You see many things that were never meant to be. I place this stained glass window of Mr. T in that category.

Yes, I recognize that he is a Christian, and his gold (24 carat) cross is prominently displayed. But still . . .

I was surfing in search of a good portrayal of Saint Martin of Tours. Not quite sure how the most distinctive member of the A-Team appeared in the list.

At least it provides an excellent reminder that a person should be prepared for the unexpected whenever they enter the worldwide web. (It’s not likened to a spider’s domain without reason.)

Addendum:

I realize that you are not comparing Mr. Tureaud to an arachnid, but you really should be much more careful in how you jump from thought to thought.

4 responses to Stained Glass Fiasco

  1. 

    Isn’t the meaning of a thing somewhat dependent on its contextual use? Was this stained glass image a window in a church, or was it a it a digital painting done with a Photoshop filter? There are different styles of paintings like a mosaic treatment, stained glass treatment, impressionist, etc. If you took an art class your assignment may include making a stain glass image of whatever subject you choose. I don’t think stain glass media is only reserved for some esoteric subject matter.

    I’m not quite sure I understand just what your over-heated shocking objection is to the image; if this is such an extreme shock to you, you might want to consider using more robust filters on your internet search engines.

    • 

      Yep, context always matters, and this image is indeed removed from its original context . . . so one can only postulate what that might have been. I suspect, as you suggest, that it’s a digitally manipulated image, rather than stained glass proper. Stained glass can certainly be adopted to a variety of settings, but it is most commonly associated with religious sanctuaries.

      As for my response to the image, I didn’t intend to generate any heat at all. Nor did I find it shocking in a disturbing or challenging manner. It made me smile. I simply thought that juxtaposing that image with the religious associations of stained glass was rather incongruous. Thus the satirical post. I think Philosopher Mouse’s comment echoes my sentiment: “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.”

  2. 

    Is this an example of just because you can, doesn’t mean you should?

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