In the spotlight

Most of these churches don’t allow access to the balcony, but this one did. So of course, I climbed right up those stairs. There were four rows of pews, running the length of the church, and so close together it was almost impossible to pass through them. I have no idea how it works when there are worshipers in them.

But anyway, it was more than worth the effort because that’s how I got to see the sunlight hitting the lectern.

St. Paul Lutheran Church
Serbin, Texas
photographed 11.25.2019

Posted on December 23, 2019, in Photography and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 10 Comments.

  1. Beautiful. And thank you for not calling it a podium. A pet peeve.

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  2. Definitely worth the effort!

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  3. The light you have captured in this image is just perfect. There is so much to see when the eye moves out from the lectern. The feeling of not wanting to disturb the tranquility of the place by the intrusion of ones eyes. This is reinforced by the increasing shadows out towards the edge of the image.

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    • Thank you, David. I worked on this shot for a while – I didn’t want to leave the church without capturing the magic of the light.

      One of the things I love about photographing churches is the feeling of tranquility. I do my best to not disturb it….

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      • I am the same when it comes to grave sites. Some maybe 2 or 3 thousand years old, but I always try to avoid disturbing them by my presence.
        I got that feeling from the way you had made the photograph, there was a reverence, even if subconsciously about it.
        I am not religious, but do try to respect others feelings and there was a definite sense of serenity about your image.

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      • Thank you, David, for these comments and for understanding my feelings when I’m photographing in churches. Like you, I am not religious but I always make a point of being respectful inside these churches and I think that respectful translates into the strong sense of serenity I feel.

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