AN UNDISCOVERED BEAUTY
One of the ideas I’ve developed over the past few months to sharpen my photography skills is to create a portfolio of photographs titled, “Where Have All the Churches Gone?” It’s based upon my observation that new church architecture has monumentally deviated from the traditional church design found throughout history, in favor of a much more contemporary structure designed to blend into the community. I remember a day when you could easily recognize the church buildings in any particular town. That is not always the case today. In my limited travels, I’m always looking for church architecture that incorporates traditional church design such as stained glass, bell towers, and spires.
Lying in relative obscurity, I happened upon this treasure last week. My first impression didn’t even warrant an interest due to its rather humble exterior. But when I saw the name, I became intrigued and turned around to enter the parking lot.
Hmmm, the church is open. No one is really around. Perhaps, I should just go in and look around – maybe take some pictures. No. I was determined to never impose upon any group of people who may be offended in some way at the thought of someone’s desire to capture the beauty of their facility. So, I went into the office area and waited patiently for someone to grant me permission. And they did.
I quickly grabbed my camera and began to shoot. It was extremely beautiful inside. Unbelievably ornate! Not wanting to disturb anyone, I refrained from shooting on the occasions when someone would enter to pray.
I was fascinated and continued to shoot for quite sometime.
This is one of my first shots of the stained glass dome located over the center of the main worship area. Because there was no lighting, I thought this to be the most powerful presentation of the beauty I discovered here.
I’m refraining from posting several shots for a number of reasons. But, you will likely have a chance to see them as I continue this project.
If I could encourage those of you who may want to expand your photography horizons, I would say, “Don’t be afraid to create self-assignments like this.” You never know when “An Undiscovered Beauty” will cross your path.
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