Sunday, August 28, 2011

Red-Eyed Gargoyle

Gargoyle Statue, Village of Lewisburg, Ohio  © Doug Hickok


We associate gargoyles with towering medieval cathedrals in Europe. These stone sculptures were designed as waterspouts to transfer rainwater away from buildings, or used sometimes as grotesques to scare away evil spirits.

So it was a little surprising to find, on our second, most recent road trip to Ohio, a pair of tall gargoyles guarding the entrance to an old Victorian home in the little town of Lewisburg. These two ferocious lions came equipped with glowing red eyes as well. Perhaps this is an intimidating sign to neighbors to beware of trespassing, or simply another version of local mid-American kitsch.

With my commitment to unadulterated journalistic reportage, I decided not to use the red eye function on my camera.


28 comments:

  1. Very impressive gargoyle... and beautiful sculpture.

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  2. Nice photo about this really scary gargoyle. I wonder are its eyes lighting in the dark? :)
    Have a good Sunday Doug!

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  3. Well, it would scare me away! Just what kind of people live inside?

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  4. The photo inspired me.Great job.:)

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  5. Good composition and strong colors.. good shot.

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  6. I like gargoyles and this is an interesting one, as I have never seen one in chains! It is like it is owned by somebody, and THIS might be scary! Possible the first owners of the house have been impressed seeing such creatures somewhere in Europe.

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  7. Gargoyles are fascinating. The sculptures must have enjoyed making them and they certainly make terrific subjects for photos. Nicely done Doug.

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  8. That's a very well composed shot. I saw the gargoyles of Notre Dame in Paris some weeks ago - it's great to see another version from Ohio, too :)

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  9. Scary :-) well done, love the Eye!

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  10. Impressive with this angle and terrific with the red eye! Nicely done.
    Have a nice day.

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  11. Perfect angle. Love gargoyles.

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  12. Love the red eyes - I'd be intimidated :)

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  13. The perfect finish for a gargoyle...

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  14. The angle upward does wonders for showing us this scary creature with the red eyes. I'm glad you didn't use the red-eye feature! :-)

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  15. Superb POV and composition. Love those red eyes. Did Irene have much impact in your area?

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  16. I agree with Birdman on the angle. Not too crazy about the red eye but hey to each his own.

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  17. Are you taking your gargoyle for a walk again today?

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  18. Love details and blue sky in a beautiful composition, Doug, and good idea to avoid red eye function ;)

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  19. Great colors and beautiful composition Doug! I do love the red eye!

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  20. I have never seen before a red-eyed-gargoyle. Very impressive!

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  21. Ha, ha! That really is a case of red eye for anyone who wants to do a little Photoshop practice! Scary, too!!!

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  22. the red eye definitely adds the final touch here! i've seen lots of gothic gargoyles on our cathedrals, but they didn't have red eyes at all! it obviously took some inventive american genius to come up with this additional horror ... ;-))

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  23. Fantastic image Doug. Love the red eye!

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  24. excellent work managing the shadows for this one.. great shot.. :)

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