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The black door

The black door
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 11649 W: 126 N: 20954] (108189)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-05-08
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony DSC HX200v
Exposure: 30 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): OLD DOORS [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2017-06-06 14:52
Viewed: 2057
Points: 100
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Details of one of the many artistic doors that can be seen in the village of Altos de Chavon, a small town with a truly unique history in the world.
The biggest attraction in La Romana, Dominican Republic, is Altos de Chavón, a re-creation of a medieval European village conceived from the imagination of Roberto Copa, a former Paramount Studios set designer, and Charles Bluhdorn.
Its construction began in 1976 when the construction of a nearby road and bridge crossing the Chavón river had to be blasted through a mountain of stone. Charles Bludhorn, chairman of Gulf+Western, had the idea of using the stones to build a sixteenth century Mediterranean village. Construction was completed in the early 1980s.
It was built as an 18th birthday gift to his daughter, Dominique, who is the current president of the Altos de Chavón Cultural Center. Narrow, cobble-covered alleyways lined with lanterns and shuttered limestone walls yield several good Mediterranean-style restaurants, a number of quaint shops featuring the diverse craftwork of local artisans, and three galleries exhibiting the talents of students from the on-site design school (an affiliate of Parsons School of Design in New York City). Notable attendees of the Altos de Chavón Design School have included Lisa Thon and Mía Lourdes Taveras López.
Adding authenticity to the entire fantasy is the charming St. Stanislaus Church (Iglesia San Estanislao de Cracovia in Spanish) with its plaza and sparkling fountain that is a popular wedding venue. The Church of St Stanislaus was named after the patron saint of Poland in tribute to Pope John Paul II, who visited Santo Domingo in 1979 and left some of the saint's ashes behind. It was in this church that Louis Alphonse, Duke of Anjou married Venezuelan heiress Maria Margarita de Vargas y Santaella on November 6, 2004.
A Roman-styled 5,000-seat amphitheater hosts 20th century musical acts—The Pet Shop Boys, Frank Sinatra, and Julio Iglesias to name a few—while Génesis nightclub provides a popular dance venue for guests from the Casa de Campo resort nearby. Visitors shouldn’t miss the Regional Museum of Archaeology (El Museo Arqueológico Regional), an astonishing collection of pre-Columbian Indian artifacts unearthed in the surrounding area. Altos de Chavón overlooks Rio Chavón and the Dye Fore golf course of Casa de Campo; both built by former Gulf+Western chairman Charles Bluhdorn. There are reports that Apocalypse Now was filmed on the Rio Chavón, but most authorities on the subject agree that the movie was filmed in the Philippines.


Dettagli di una delle tante artistiche porte che si possono osservare nel villaggio di Altos de Chavon, un piccolo paese con una storia davvero unica al mondo.
Altos de Chavon e' un villaggio creato sullo stile di un pueblo spagnolo del Cinquecento. E' opera di Roberto Coppa, che ha lavorato anche per Luchino Visconti. Situato in alto sulla collina, ha case in pietra dorata, e il panorama sul fiume Chavon (dove sono state girate scene di Apocalipse Now di Coppola e di King Kong) e' eccezionale. Altos deve la sua fama per essere il paese degli artisti. Qui, infatti, artisti di ogni nazionalita' vengono ospitati gratis per tre mesi a condizione di allestire delle mostre o degli spettacoli. Da vedere: il Museo Arqueologico, con una collezione di piu' di duemila reperti degli indios taino (scoperti e catalogati dal bibliotecario Samuel Pion); la Galeria de Arte, dove sono esposte le opere degli artisti presenti; il Craft Center, con le opere realizzate dagli studenti della scuola d'arte, che e' sorta qui ed ha ormai fama internazionale; l'Anfiteatro, sede di numerosi concerti di artisti di fama mondiale. Numerosi negozi, boutique, un'ottima pasticceria e romantici ristoranti.

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Ciao Caro Luciano,

This looks so authentic!
I thought it was the doorway to some ancient prison, having been repaired due to the ravages of time!
Having read your notes, it made me smile.
Do you think he was inspired by Disney? I wondered if it might pre-date Disneyland but on checking the Internet, I found that Disneyland was built in 1955!

Thanks for this,
Bev :-)

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  • PiotrF Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3862 W: 2 N: 6406] (32244)
  • [2017-06-06 16:14]

Hello Luciano,
Interesting view of the old door.
I like saturated colors ,excellent perspective and good clarity.Detailed notes.
Nice presentation.

Hello Luciano,
I like the vivid colors and rich textures in this frame. Is it the door that is unusually small or the lantern that is unusually large?

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled, interesantan i dobar tekst ...
Dobar rad, lepo pokazan fenjer i fasada, dobar kontrast, lepe boje. Lepa fasada i drvenim vratima sa gvozdenim okovima.
Imajte lep i uspesan dan, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Nice view, interesting and good text ...
Good work, beautifully demonstrated lantern and facade, good contrast, nice colors. Beautiful facades and wooden doors with iron fittings.
Have a nice and successful day, all the best.

Ciao Luciano,
Bella e interesante foto molto particolare portone
splendidi colori ed ottima nitidezza
cari saluti ....vieni tu e il musaka sara oferto...

Salut Luciano,
Intéressante porte bien cadrée, joli contraste de teites avec les autres couleurs du mur, cela m'évoque ce photogénique village et sa belle vue sur la rivière.

Good morning Luciano,
Well observed detail, I like the elements and the textures. It's like a hidden treasure that is waiting to be unveiled.

PS: forget the final, it's just a game after all...there would be others in the future.


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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9461 W: 157 N: 15282] (123067)
  • [2017-06-07 0:30]

Witaj Luciano!
Beautiful old door and wonderful wall.
Good POV, colors and sharpness.
Padlock does not fit into this door ;)
Well done.
Nice day.

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9017 W: 57 N: 15135] (56094)
  • [2017-06-07 0:46]

Hello Luciano,
Excellent close-up photo of this old door, the bricks and stones surrounding it as well as the old lamp. The level of detail is very good and we can see the textures very clearly.

Hallo Luciano,
Interesting photo and reportage, well done!

Many greetings and have a nice day

Bonjour, cher Luciano,
Ce gros plan sur cette porte est chargée d'Histoire.
Les détails ressortent à merveille.
Un réel plaisir à regarder.

Hello Luciano,
It's a bit of a disappointment to learn that this is a fake wall in a fake village. But you have taken a good photo with wonderful sharpness and light and perfectly captured texture of the various materials.
Kind regards,

Hello Luciano,
Great composition, fascinating note. Superb study in colour and texture with the lantern supplying the crowning glory. On my screen the the door looks more midnight blue than black; either way it makes a lovely photographic subject.

Bonjour Luciano,

Le sujet est bien cadré. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de la porte, de la lanterne et du mur. La bonne luminosité fait ressortir les couleurs. Bonne journée.


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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14161 W: 1033 N: 28276] (134812)
  • [2017-06-07 5:16]

Hello Luciano

Effective tight framing and cropping with f=good sharpness and excellent warm cold colour contrasts between the blue grey stone and door and the red exposed bricks at the top. Tfs!

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24291 W: 523 N: 40622] (174858)
  • [2017-06-07 5:41]

Ciao Luciano,

A wonderful door and brickwork with lantern above the door
Sharpness and clarity are perfect.
An excellent composition.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 13695 W: 0 N: 16033] (168264)
  • [2017-06-07 6:16]


Avec le deux grilles d'aération en fond quelle porte et ocmpo quelle vue et image fantastique captage quel rendu bois et pierre ces gros clou la chaîne la lampe et cette poutre sueprbe vue.
Bravo et amitié

Ciao Luciano,

J'aime beaucoup cette composition. La porte est parfaitement cadrée et offre une symétrie agréable à l'oeil. J'aime surtout les textures qu'on se sent capable de toucher.



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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10448 W: 174 N: 17679] (78539)
  • [2017-06-07 6:52]


incredible recreation of a medieval gate. nice details, different materials, textures and colors. excellent compo.



Hello Luciano,

this is an interesting door, and you presented here in great detail, I also like the presence of the lamp, well done,

Best regards,


Ciao Luciano, bella inquadratura, ottimo effetto 3D col lampione che sembra sbucar fuori dallo schermo, ottima texture, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Immediately spotted the lock on the door, which looks normal - but why there was a chain on the lamp...? Very unique, intriguing sight, Luciano, and nicely presented. Excellent outcome on photo.
Buona serata,

A good composition and a splendid combination of colours you canptured here!

Regards, jan

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  • BennyV Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2445 W: 34 N: 4388] (24669)
  • [2017-06-07 10:58]

Ciao Luciano

Great textures and a fine composition. Does the lantern look so huge in this pov, or the door so small...or both? Nice one! Cheers.


Hello Luciano

A lovely, bitingly sharp and naturally coloured image of this slightly fantastical door. I like the theatricality. Interesting note too!



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  • Periko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 697 W: 129 N: 1121] (7455)
  • [2017-06-07 12:54]

Hi Luciano
Bright colors and detailed textures on this photo, in which the lamp and door create a medieval atmosphere.
Building this village was a good idea.


Hello Luciano,
So that daughter received a small town as a present for her 18th birthday ...
What may have been her wedding present?
Excellent clear and sharp presentation.
The padlock is an anachronism :)
Best regards, Paul

Ciao Luciano
gran bel particolare, eccellente la qualità fotografica, se non sbaglio c'è dell'HDR che aiuta a far risaltare la foto e su questo soggetto è molto efficace.

Hi Luciano
really cool looking textures and overall look on this one. Its got that HDR look and feel to it where all the details come alive.

love the horizontal wood beam and the large light fixture.
awesome colors and stone too. sweet. cheers

Ciao Luciano,
What an unusual village, and it was certainly an unusual birthday present! Your note was very interesting, and the photo is very attractive, too. I like the textures and colors. The old-fashioned lamp, and an asymmetry in the wood on the door, add extra interest to the photo.

hi Luciano,
wonderful door and perfect image. Thanks for showing

Hello Luciano
I suppose it take many years to get this artistic door so beautiful erode and yet so well preserved. Fascinating combination of colours and shapes.
Excellent presentation
Well done, have a nice day, Groet Rob

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  • dale54 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 896 W: 0 N: 1311] (12425)
  • [2017-06-08 10:08]

luciano hello.. nice and close to give us this feel of texture!beautifly captured,plus I love the color here too..tfs dale

Hello Luciano,

Very interesting close up image of this old door, excellent detailing and well framing, good color contrast and light. like it.

my warm regards,


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  • clic Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2685 W: 0 N: 2998] (20536)
  • [2017-06-08 13:09]

Ciao Luciano Fortunately I'm not color blind, so I can fully appreciate this offering of soft colors that looks like an HDR work artistically manipulated in post capture to enhance the ancesrtal spirit and convey a pleasant low contrast look.

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3292 W: 0 N: 7498] (55125)
  • [2017-06-08 21:48]

In addition to the windows it is a favorite subject of photographers and I am not surprised, such attractive details are very photogenic, great observation
regards Ryszard

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  • kiks Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1482 W: 160 N: 1682] (12805)
  • [2017-06-09 5:01]

I specialy like the contrast of the lovely colors on this image and the combination of the diferent textures.

Hi Luciano,

The door and the whole set up looks pretty authentic, although its a recreation. The colours and textures are very nicely captured and presented.


Hello Luciano,

very fine contribution to TE showing this very interesting details of that black door. Very informative note. Excellent sharpness and clarity of your shot. I like your contribution to TE here very much.TFs.

With regards from Luxembourg


Hello dear Luciano,
One of the most interesting doors I've ever seen here at TE.
Perfect pov and compo, very good and usefull notes.
TFS and best regards

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10008 W: 144 N: 25073] (122437)
  • [2017-06-11 23:32]

Ciao Luciano, What a strange idea to recreate the European village in Caribbean. Original door, these windows in lower part are very strange, like in prison, what for? Beautiful picture, splendid sharpness and colours.

Kind regrads MAlgo

Ciao Luciano, buona foto di questa porta nera interessante, molto ben catturato in questa bella immagine con una buona nitidezza, la luce, il colore e la qualità. Molto buona e interessante lavoro perfettamente realizzato, le mie congratulazioni mio amico. Grazie per aver condiviso questo bel lavoro.

Buona sera e felice resto della settimana.
I migliori auguri da sud della Spagna.

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15359 W: 159 N: 26900] (140972)
  • [2017-06-15 5:16]

ciao Luciano
Un cadrage parfait, des couleurs contrastantes, une texture bien rendue, superbe composition
belle journée

Ciao Luciano,
Mi piaciono molto le foto di porte, e questa porta vecchia è deliciosa, con la consistenza delle pietre e del legno di colori e di forme differenti.
Eccellente gestione della luce, dei colori e dell'inquadratura.
Anche la nota sul villaggio è molto interessante.
Grazie per condividere.
Cari saluti.
Maria Luigia.

Hi, Luciano.
Superb composition of a theme that I really like, doors and windows, in this case the image is a jewel with the formidable textures, both of the stone, like the wood of the door and the bricks of the tympanum, the lamp is an ideal touch .
Excellent POV, with very good lighting, color and sharpness to enjoy the details.
Very good work. I like it
Have a happy day.
Very best regards.

Ciao Luciano,
very well spotted! I suppose you have been there several times already so more you are willing to use some of your time there for walking little villages and discovering local attractions other than beaches and exotic nature.
I watch your reportage with a great interest. It will help me to design my own trip someday, some places I would like to visit -other I would know to avoid :)
Great reportage!!
Buon fin de settimana,

Very interesting door and a good story about.
Thank you!

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 380 W: 101 N: 906] (357)
  • [2017-12-27 1:01]

Dear Luciano!
Amazing blue door.
Wonderful wall.
Fantastic lantern.
Perfect cut. ideal framing.
Fine contrast and sharpness.
Superb texture.
Nice colours, nice saturation.
Original picture.
Well done!

Hello Luciano,

A very interesting picture of the old door. I love the contrast colors and sharpness of the door, wall,and the lamp, somehow I feel if I could open it, would take me to the wonder land full of imagination... Very well captured and thank you for sharing the picture along with useful note, congratulations!

Best Regards,

Hello, Luciano!

This is a place I didn't have the opportunity to visit when I was there, and it must be wonderful! The details of this old door were very well captured here, with excellent light and sharpness! Very nice composition! Excellent job!

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