> Hi Phil
> Don't worry about the photography, digital/lighting/ inverse
> square law etc.. I have that nailed..
> It just seems to me that apart from the white sheen, paint
> seems to have chipped peeled off on the upper right extreme
> edge.. and not been painted at all at the lower left.
> I look at the Dowell site. less chance of manipulation.
> Opinion please..
You know, it really is fascinating. The more you stare at the block, the more questions it asks. Maybe it's just because it's a photograph and has a bunch if nuances that you wouldn't see live in the room, but still...
So you are correct, that block with the cartouche does appear to have a significantly whiter shade than the adjacent blocks!Quote
- On Dowell's narrow FOV photo of the cartouche, note that the black graffiti seems smeared upward in several places. It's as though there was some kind of chromatographic effect on the black paint due to capillarity of underlying porous plaster?
- Also seen on the narrow FOV photo -- why is the "48" in "AUG1948" cracked like paint on the Mona Lisa?
- Someone (you?) already asked about the yellowish region at the gang's chick and chisel glyphs.
- On the wide angle shot of the cartouche block by Dowell, you can see the whitewashing extent over to part of the west (corner) block; it crosses the plaster filling in the seam between the 2 blocks, and continues a few inches onto that adjacent block before stopping just before the graffiti where the block is then the more natural yellowish hue of raw limestone. On the left (east) you can see the white "coating" stop a few inches before the plastered seam. The stone to the right (west) and left (east) of that seam take on the more natural yellowish hue of raw limestone.
In fact, call me crazy, but the wall blocks seem to have some on them as well. It looks like the "whitewash" extends rather sloppily down about a foot or two, and then seems to have been sloppily wiped off but much remains on the stone. This is very apparent on both wall stones, and you can clearly see red drip streams on the right (corner) block as well. And the whitewash appears to be OVER the thicker red stream in at least two places. I'll send you a marked up version to show you what I mean, if you want.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?